Five facility records fall on day two of Campbell Open

Shenelle McKay
Shenelle McKay

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Fighting Camels made their mark in the Irwin Belk Track facility record book five times Saturday afternoon at the 2017 Campbell Open. Campbell also notched 21 personal-best marks to highlight day two of its home meet.

The Campbell women's 4x100m relay team of Deonica Reid, Lilla Juhasz, Janai Scott and Isis Brooks put up a performance of 46.11 to break the facility record. Chigozie Atavwigho picked up the collegiate facility record in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 53.62, while Scott recorded the collegiate facility record in the women's 200m dash with a time of 24.30.

Campbell junior Kelvin Kirui broke the facility record in the men's 800m with a time of 1:51.40, which was just .06 seconds away from the all-time Campbell record. Senior Shenelle McKay broke her own facility record in the women's high jump after clearing 1.72m to round out CU's record-setting performances on the afternoon.

Campbell began the day with the women's 1,500m as Graduate Assistant Coach Letitia Saayman, Amina Alvarez-Barkane, Michaela Louw and Madeline Fitch went 1-2-3-4 in the event. Alvarez-Barkane clocked in at 4:43.85, good for a new PR and the fastest time for Campbell this season.

On the men's side, Campbell freshmen Graeme Fisher and Travis Gallimore represented CU in the 1,500m. Fisher dominated the competition, placing first overall with a personal-best 3:58.80 which was just one second away from the Irwin Belk Track facility record. Gallimore also notched a PR with a time of 4:06.37 to come in fourth place.

The 4x100m relays followed, which saw the Campbell women post the fastest time in Irwin Belk Track history. Their time of 46.11 beat the previous mark of 46.55 that CU set at last year's home meet. On the men's side, Daequon Carr, Lorne Jenkins, Alize Graham and Atavwigho placed second overall with a season-best time of 42.09.

Juhasz continued her dominance in the women's 100m hurdles, blazing by the competition with a time of 13.66 in the event. Tatiana Wolfe also competed, placing second with a time of 14.53. Campbell junior Marcus Mize represented the Campbell men in the 110m hurdles, putting up a personal-best mark of 16.41 to win the event.

Freshman Logan Shearon was the lone competitor for Campbell in the women's 400m, posting a performance of 1:05.24 in her collegiate 400m debut.

On the men's side, Campbell freshman Collin Cooper posted the fastest 400m for CU this season with a personal-best time of 49.48. It was the first mark under 50 seconds for the Camels this season. Freshmen Ka'Deem Wynn and Casper Duell also put up PR's in the 400m with times of 51.10 and 53.67, respectively.

Following the 400m events came the women's and men's 100m dash. Scott earned her second first-place finish of the day with a personal-best performance of 11.91. Reid and Brooks also recorded PR's in the event with marks of 12.08 and 12.24, respectively.

In the men's 100m dash, Campbell saw its fastest time this season as Carr put up a blazing 10.66 to place first overall and shatter his PR. Campbell senior Jacob Carter also notched a personal-best mark in the event, placing fourth with a time of 11.34.

Atavwigho and Mize represented the Camels in the men's 400m hurdles. Atavwigho placed second and recorded the fastest time for a collegiate athlete in Irwin Belk Track History with a personal-best mark of 53.62. Mize was just .09 seconds away from a PR with a time of 58.27 in the event.

The Campbell women posted the top-four times of the day in the women's 200m dash. Scott placed first overall with a collegiate facility-record-breaking time of 24.30, followed by Brooks who PR'd with a mark of 24.76. Racheal Brown placed third in the event with a time of 24.98, while Juhasz finished fourth with a personal-best 25.06.

In the men's 200m, Carr picked up his second first-place finish of the day with a personal-best time of 21.92. Carter dominated the second heat to place second overall with a PR of 22.45. Graham made his Campbell 200m debut, posting a mark of 22.61 to finish third. Cooper had CU's third PR in the event with a time of 22.72, good for fifth place.

In the field events, CU saw three first-place finishes and one second-place result. In the triple jump, Sabina Allen recorded a season-best performance of 12.72m to finish first. On the men's side, Jenkins had a triple jump of 13.79m to claim first place. McKay broke her own facility record in the women's high jump after clearing a season-best 1.72m to place first overall. Lastly, Davian Rhodes finished second in the men's high jump after clearing 1.98m on his third attempt.

The final individual running events of the day were the women's and men's 800m. Alvarez-Barkane finished first with a personal-best mark of 2:16.63, the fastest time for Campbell this outdoor season. Campbell senior Kelsey Rea was right behind her with a time of 2:16.88 to place second. Brianna Meyrick destroyed her PR by six-plus seconds, finishing third in 2:18.43.

Kirui took gold on the men's side, finishing in 1:51.40 and setting a new facility record. Fisher also competed in the 800m, posting a time of 1:56.59 to place second in his outdoor 800m debut.

Campbell ended the day with first-place finishes in the women's and men's 4x400m relays. Wolfe, Jullia Morris, Brown and Scott posted a season-best mark of 3:47.38, while Wynn, Atavwigho, Cooper and Jenkins put up a time of 3:22.20 for CU's fastest time this season.


This marks the end of the 2017 Campbell Open. Up next, CU is scheduled to compete in the Mt. Sac Relays in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday and Saturday, April 14-15. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.