Trey McRae. Photo by Chris Crews
Trey McRae. Photo by Chris Crews

For the second time in his career, red-shirt senior Trey McRae took home the performer of the meet honor after his success in the Conference USA track and field championship.

McRae left the championship weekend with some more hardware, winning gold in the long, high and triple jump.  McRae set a new league record, becoming the first competitor to win both the long and high jump since 2008.

Adding to his accolades McRae earned the title Highest Point Scorer of the Meet, bringing in 30 of the Charlotte men’s 96 points.  Those 96 points are the most in the program’s history since becoming a member of Conference USA.

Also contributing to the record-setting points was Anthony Campbell who came in second to McRae in the triple jump, short by a centimeter. Freshman Keon Howe made school history, being the first Niner to take home a gold medal in the pole vaulting event. Another freshman stood out when Stevan Veselinovic scored the first ever gold medal in the hammer throw.

With their 96 points, the men’s squad just missed the podium, finishing fourth in the competition.

The women group wasn’t too shabby either, coming in fifth place with 55.5 points.

Leading the charge for the women was junior Victoria Merriweather, joining Veselinovic winning gold in the hammer throw.  Also earning points was Asheleigh Handchen who grabbed a second place finish in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase.

Kristen Williams got her first medal picking up a bronze in the women’s 400m dash.

Charlotte will send a team of runners down to Jacksonville, FL in two weeks to compete in the NCAA regional competition


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.