The Charlotte 49ers hosted the 49er Classic this weekend at the Belk Track and Field Center. The three-day event was successful for Charlotte, as the women’s side led the team.
“The meet went well,” said Charlotte head coach Robert Olesen.
“As we transition to the outdoor season, we are working through the balance of increased training load with competition performance so we had a wide range of results this weekend.”
Senior jumper Lauren Gulley recorded a victory for the 49ers in the high jump with a jump of 1.68m (5-06) while senior thrower Toby Jo Klauenberg won the shot put with a toss of 13.94m (45-09). Klauenberg nearly broke her own school record of 14.09m set in 2012.
Two Niners’ throwers moved into the top five on the school’s all-time list on Friday afternoon. Victoria Merriweather now ranks fifth in program history after a 43.76m toss in the discus. In the hammer toss Victoria Ebert now ranks third all-time after a throw of 50.95m in her first outdoor meet with the 49ers.
Continuing the strong performance for the Charlotte women, T’Sheila Mungo finished fourth in the 200m (24.41) and second in the 400m (53.63).
Juanita Leto finished fourth in the 100m hurdles final recording a time of 14.39.
Both of the 49ers relay teams had strong performances in the 49er Classic. The 4x100m relay team of Joann Blakney, Michelle Whitaker, Dominique Weathers and Jessica Morgan finished second with a time of 46.62. The 4x400m relay of Marissa Pinckney, Ngozi Webberburn, Kristen Williams and Brittany Moss finished third with a time of 3:50.39.
The Charlotte women also impressed in the distance running events. Morgan Richards and Jen Molke each earned second place finishes in the 1500m and 5000m respectively. Richards nearly broke her personal record with a 4:36.60 finish in the 1500m, while Molke finished the 5000m in 17:27.94.
Evelyn Putnam, the school’s record holder in the heptathlon, finished second in the event this weekend. Putnam scored 4,190 points and placed first in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.10.
The field events were successful for the 49ers, with freshman Sasha Dajia getting 10th place with a throw of 47.025 feet.
Dajia, a first year thrower from Ontario, Canada, finished a few feet off from his record this season, which is 50 feet.
Former 49er Jake Deaton won the event with a throw of 58 feet. Deaton, who graduated in 2012, now throws for Beast Stuff and got a mark of almost 59 feet.
The Charlotte men also contributed with impressive performances over the weekend. Khyran Shank ran in the 100m finals with a time 10.65, while Nick Swan ran the 110m hurdles final with a time of 15.03.
Anthony Bynum ran the fastest time in the 200m preliminaries, breaking a personal record with a 20.85 finish. Bynum also qualified for the 100m finals with a preliminary time of 10.54.
The 4x400m and 4x100m relay teams of Phillip Bryant, Christopher Boyd, Brian Hamilton and Saadiq Sweezer placed third and fourth.
Nathan Jeffers took first in the unseeded pole vault contest with a height of 4.40m (14-05.25) and Anthony Campbell placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 15.20m (49-10.5).
Senior Daniel Freeman won the javelin title with a throw of 60.88m, while teammate and fellow senior Osvaldo Hernandez placed fourth in the event.
The 49ers will compete again in the Raleigh Relays, hosted by North Carolina State, next weekend.
Photos by Chris Crews and Ben Robson.