With four first-place finishes and numerous personal records, the North Carolina track and field team kicked off the 2016 indoor season by shattering expectations at the Joe Hilton Invitational.
UNC showcased a smaller group of athletes for the meet, electing to send one male athlete and no distance runners. But the squad of primarily underclassmen shined under the spotlight.
Redshirt first-year thrower Alex Cooke set the tone Saturday morning, as she won the women’s weight throw, thrusting the ball 16.06 meters in her collegiate debut. Redshirt first-year thrower Nicole Kiszenia and junior thrower Samantha Miller finished in second and third, respectively, while Cooke claimed first place in the women's shot put later in the meet.
Following Cooke’s lead, first-year jumper Nicole Greene racked up another first-place finish for the Tar Heels, falling about three inches short of a personal best in her first collegiate leap.
But North Carolina's depth was also on display. In the women’s 200-meter dash, first-year sprinter Katlin Sherman took second, while sophomore sprinter Cierra Dunston and sophomore hurdler Natisha Dixon claimed the next two spots.