Saturday saw more of the same, as sophomore Kenny Selmon put down a time of 51.06 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles to win the event.
“The atmosphere and competition are obviously very good. In the race, the competition was very high, and it definitely felt like a national level race. It felt good racing people who have been running professionally for years.” — Ways on his top performance on Friday.
After starting off the season with a local homestand, the Tar
Heels prepare to hit the road. UNC hosted the
Dennis Craddock Carolina Relays before traveling to Raleigh this
weekend. North Carolina will participate in the Duke Invitational next weekend, but the Tar Heels are not scheduled to compete again in the state after the meet in Durham.
Three numbers that matter
17: The Tar Heels defended their preseason No. 17 rankings on the men’s side with victories against some of the top talent in the region. More than 100 schools were represented, giving UNC the opportunity to prove its ranking against the opposition.
4: North Carolina got to see four of its early signees — Jeremy Brown, Connor Peeples, Blair Ramsey and Mitch Resor — compete in the high school races. The event is a fusion of a high school, collegiate and professional race, which allows coaches to look at both confirmed and potentially committed athletes.
8.27: Whelan’s time in the 1500-meter might have been the second-fastest collegiate time in the event this weekend, but it was 8.27 seconds slower than the fastest 1,500-meter race ever run on the NC State track. That time belongs to UNC alumna Shalane Flanagan, an Olympic medalist, whose 4:13.05 still stands as the record.
The Tar Heels will compete in the Duke Invitational in Durham starting on Friday.