“Hopefully I’ve done enough to make the ACC team because I think I’ll be able to improve significantly after finally getting my first race in,” Walling said.
In the same race, Walling’s teammate — junior Mike Jacobs — finished second and also recorded a personal record of 4:14.58.
UNC’s athletes made a statement with eight top-collegiate or first-place finishes and seven personal records, which bodes well as the team heads to the conference championships at Virginia Tech from Feb. 21 to 23.
Many athletes who had already been selected for UNC’s conference championship roster did not participate in the meet in preparation for next weekend.
“This was a final chance to get indoor personal bests for those athletes that are closing out their season today,” assistant coach Mark VanAlstyne said. “And then there were one or two opportunities to evaluate if someone was maybe on the fence for making the ACC team.”
Sophomore Cameron Overstreet, who placed first in the women’s pole vault event and is slated to go to the ACC Championships, said she used the meet as a practice run for next weekend.
Overstreet attempted a new personal record Saturday but failed to clear the bar.
“Any day that you have any opportunity to jump a new personal record means you are headed in the right direction,” Overstreet said.
There are high expectations for UNC’s track and field team going into the championships.
Fourteen Tar Heels are ranked in the top five of the ACC in 15 events. The team also boasts three relays ranked in the top five.
Overstreet said her team is excited to challenge its conference foes next weekend.
“The new coaches have prepared us for this weekend since August and given us the mindset of ‘being the better blue,’” Overstreet said. “That is our goal — to show people the new UNC.”
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