The banked track of Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House brings out the best in North Carolina senior Tasha Stanley.
“The past three years, that’s where we’ve competed at ACCs,” Stanley said. “When I’m competing on that track, I just go hard because I remember that’s where the championships are held.”
That mindset led to promising performances from her and many other Tar Heels this weekend at the Hokie Invitational. Stanley won the women’s 600-meters by a full second and ran the second leg of North Carolina’s winning 4×400-meter team.
Sandi Morris, athlete of many hats, had a banner weekend as well. She improved her pole vault height by more than four inches to 13-5 3/4 — the eighth best height in the nation this season. Morris also placed fourth in the women’s 60-meter hurdles, two behind Danielle Brock, who took second in both the 60-meter hurdles and the 400-meter dash.
“Things went well for the first away meet of the year,” assistant head coach Josh Langley said. “The things we were focusing on this week, the kids executed well. We got some good performances out of it, and it’s great to come away healthy.”