A 49er takes place in the high jump. Photo by Chris Crews.
A 49er takes place in the high jump. Photo by Chris Crews.

Charlotte track and field kicked off their 2016 season this past weekend with the 49er Classic. The tournament, running Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19 had over 50 teams competing. The 49er squad took in a total of four first place titles after the meet completed.

Trey McRae, a redshirt senior All-American jumped over his triple jump record with a 15.2m jump this weekend. He now is fifth in Charlotte history for triple jumps. McRae also came away with a first place in the high jump, recording a 2.18m.

Also taking away first place finishes were the women’s 4 x 400m A relay and the men’s 4 x 100m relay. The women’s squad is compiled of junior Marissa Pinckney, freshman Kiana Lee, junior Brittany Moss and sophomore Kristen Williams. They finished with a time of 3:44.71.

On the men’s relay team was freshman Robert Cook, senior Jeff Hendricks, senior Anthony Bynum and sophomore Jalen Tyson. They clocked in with a 40.69 time.

Dejah Hayes, a sophomore, took the top spot for women’s high jump and finished second in the triple jump with a 12.12 meter jump. Hayes’ 12.12 jumped puts her at seventh all-time. Joining Hayes on the all-time chart is Jasmine Trogdon who finished fifth in the competition with an 11.83m.

Charlotte found some success in throwing. Victoria Ebert took second place with a 13.39m throw, placing her second on the all-time list. Sasha Dajia placed fourth with a 15.49 shot put throw and came in eighth in discus with a 45.33m throw.

Will Thomas jumped to fourth place with a 2.05m high jump and Joseph Hines tied for eighth place with a 1.95m jump.

Brian Kendrick, a freshman from Huntersville, N.C., came in second in the 110m hurdles, finishing with a 14:55 time.

In total, Charlotte had 23 top eight placing during the 49er Classic. Up next the squad travels to Raleigh this weekend for the Raleigh Relays.

Kathleen Cook is the sports editor of the Niner Times and from Wake Forest, North Carolina. When the junior communication major/journalism minor isn't covering the 49ers, she enjoys spending time with her family, friend, and dog. Kathleen can also be found cheering on the Panthers every Sunday and rooting for the Washington Nationals.