Alvonna Blakney (Center) leads the way for Charlotte in the 100 meter hurdles. Photo by Chris Crews.
Alvonna Blakney (Center) leads the way for Charlotte in the 100 meter hurdles. Photo by Chris Crews.

The Charlotte 49ers track & field team hosts a few outdoor meets per season, which is one of the biggest advantages you can possibly have when competing. There’s nothing better than doing your event at the same venue that you practice at.

The Niners finished strong in the Charlotte Invitational, hosted at the Belk Track and Field Center on Friday and Saturday with plenty of good performances. While these meets are individually based, every placement is ranked towards the outdoor Conference USA (C-USA) meet, held in El Paso, Texas in the middle of May.

Head coach Robert Oleson talked about how his team performed, saying that it was successful all around.

“The Charlotte Invitational was a great success with generally good conditions; no rain although some erratic winds that hampered some events,” Oleson said.

“We had numerous season and personal bests and I believe the visiting teams had very positive results as well. In the women’s hammer throw alone we had four lifetime bests representing four of the top six throwers at Charlotte. The meet was a good step forward for us overall as we tune up the team entering the latter portion of the regular season.”

Among those season-best performances were Toby Jo Klauenberg, who went 44-09 in the shot put to win third place. Tre McRae finished first in the high jump with a leap of 7-.05 which ranks first in C-USA.

Joann Blakney won the 100 and 200 meters, which is something she does often. She currently ranks third in the conference in the 100, and seventh in the conference in the 200. Another member of the women’s side, T’Shelia Mungo, currently ranks second in the conference in the 400 meter race.

The 49ers will travel to two meets next weekend, with those who qualify going to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, PA. For those who don’t qualify, the remainder will travel to Radford to take part in the Highlander Invitational.

Photos by Chris Crews and Makeedah Baker.

Alex is the Assistant Sports Editor for the Niner Times. He is pursuing a degree in Comm Mass Media, with a minor in Journalism.