At Saturday’s Kent Taylor-Joe Hilton Invitational, the North Carolina track and field teams battled with some of the top teams from across the country.
But for every team in Chapel Hill this weekend, the biggest competitor turned out to be Mother Nature.
Severe weather and strong winds wreaked havoc at Saturday’s event, causing several stoppages and sending some of the events indoors. Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts, the Tar Heels were able to avoid the rain puddles and claim seven victories during the day.
“Anytime you have a lot of delays like that it really messes up your concentration and focus,” UNC coach Dennis Craddock said. “It is hard to get all warmed up and ready to go and all of a sudden there is an hour delay and you have to sit back down. Fortunately our team did a good job handling that today.”
When the rain and the wind arrived around 2:30 p.m., the meet was postponed for more than an hour so the storm could pass through. During that time, some events were pushed inside to the Eddie Smith Field House.