In every meet this season, a member of the North Carolina track and field team has set a personal best. In Winston-Salem, that trend continued.
As a team, UNC recorded six top-20 nationally clocked times this weekend at the Hilton Garden Innvitational and Camel City Elite Races.
Both the men and women’s distance teams were the highlight of the Tar Heels’ overall strong showing in the competition. Seniors John Raneri and Annie LeHardy led the way, sharing similar results in their respective 3,000-meter races, even though each athlete had varying expectations going in.
“This is the first time I’ve been put in this situation. It was definitely foreign territory,” Raneri said. “I knew a fast time was in my ballpark, I just hadn’t realized it yet — this was the perfect situation to realize that.”
This was Raneri’s first 3,000-meter race at the elite level against the fastest male competitors in the field, including non-collegiate professionals.