The North Carolina track and field teams headed to South Bend on Saturday to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational. The women placed second out of seven schools with 86 points and the men placed fifth out of six schools with 71 points. Heptathlete Will Eskew and high jumpers Nicole Green and Draven Crist also put up strong performances at the Clemson Invitational over the weekend.
It was an especially good day to be a junior or senior on the North Carolina women's team. In the 200-meter dash, senior Cierra Dunston finished third out of 31 runner with a time of 24.68. Senior Blake Dodge placed second out of 17 runners in the 800-meter run with a 2:10.08 time.
In the one-mile run, senior Caroline Alcorta, junior Morgan Ilse, and sophomore Erin Edmundson claimed second, third and fourth place out of 20 runners. Senior Natisha Dixon ran 8.39, the fastest in the 60-meter hurdle and redshirt junior Alexandria Cooke placed first in the weight throw. The team of Dixon, McKinley McNeill, Jewel Christian and Dunston also won the 4x400 meter relay, running 3:4.00.
The underclassmen weren't quiet either. Sophomore McKinley McNeill placed second in the women’s 600-meter run with a time of 1:30.98, first-year Anna Keefer placed first in the long jump, and redshirt junior Alexandria Cooke topped the weight throw standings.
The Tar Heels also placed 5th and 10th in the pole vault and 11th in the shot put.