Charlotte showed up and put on an exceptional performance at the Keydet Invitational hosted by VMI. The men’s team took second while the women placed third on Saturday. Stevan Vaselinovic took first place in the weight throw with a 19.34m toss leading the charge of excellent performances from the field athletes.
“It was a productive meet with a number of improvements from last week with several personal bests and top ten all time performances,” Head Coach and Director of Track and Field and Cross-Country Bob Olesen said. “I think we still have some residual effects from winter break but showed development in race fitness and field eventers were able to make important technical adjustments in competition.”
In pole vault, Sage Murphy tied Jacob Davis with a 4.60m jump awarding him third place while Davis took fourth. Elijah Cole took fifth with a 4.45m height and Nathan Jeffers cleared 4.30m and finished in eight pushing the Niners up the standing with top 10 performances.
In shot put, the Niners were able to give another top ten ranking performance among their competitors. Sasha Dajia and Terrell Adams took the top two spots while Tyler Hoag placed ninth with a personal best throw of 15.40m. Daija took first with a 16.79m toss just short of a personal record while Adams took second with a distance of 16.68m.
Thanks to Markel Dalton and Dandrell Utley, the Niners had to two competitors in the top four of the triple jump. Dalton took second with 15.22m jump with Utley taking fourth at 14.33m. Together the pair came in fourth and sixth in the long jump with a 6.92m jump from Dalton awarding him fourth and a 6.71m from to Utley for sixth.
The Niner men were ready with their shoes laced when it came to the running events with three members earning top five finishes. Mihret Coulter took fifth in the 3,000m dash with a 8:23.35 the sixth fastest time in school history and also a personal best run. Woodard finished the 400m in 48.34 giving him third, while Baker claimed fifth in the 60m hurdles in 8.25 seconds.
The women’s track team’s running performance pushed them to third place in the final scores.
Caroline Sang came in first place in the 3,000m dash with a 9:33.66 time, while Brittany Stanley also ran the 3,000 in 10:02.51 taking fifth. Sang gave us an effort that is ranked as the second-best time in school history.
Three more Niners posted personal best runs on Saturday with Alex Council giving 7.42 second performance in the 60m dash winning the race, while Kristen Williams came in third in the 500m in 1:14.59. Cemere Petty set her own record with 57.64 in the 400m.
NyAsia Daniels, Kiana Lee, Petty and Williams came in second in the 4×400 meter relay in 3:48.59, while Elbert continues to decorate her name with accomplishments throwing another personal best throw of 17.75m moving her to third for the 49ers all time performance list. She placed third with 15.09m toss.
Charlotte will compete this Friday and Saturday in the Thundering Herd open in Huntington, W.Va to continue their push.