The North Carolina men's and women’s indoor track teams began the season Friday with an all-around impressive showing in the Gene Anderson Invitational. And one athlete’s performance in particular set the tone.
The men's weight throw opened the event, and redshirt junior AJ Hicks scored a personal record on his very first attempt. His toss of 20.98 meters was .43 meters better than his previous record and one of the longest throws in the country this season.
Coach Harlis Meaders viewed Hicks’ throw as a sign of good things to come.
“The good news is I don’t think they were really technically sound throws and I think there’s a lot more to come once we get into competition shape so he can control the nerves a little bit,” Meaders said. “I think he’s gonna have a really good stretch.”
Hicks, who graded the throw as just a little above average, said he will watch tapes of himself and practice his mechanics in order to improve on his already notable record. And he’s not shying away from lofty personal goals for the season, including the school record of 22.25 meters.