The North Carolina track and field teams split up this weekend, as some competed in the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tenn., and others competed in the Tiger Paw Invite in Clemson, S.C. Several athletes moved into UNC's record books in their respective events.
UNC rewrote the school’s record books at the Music City Challenge in Nashville — headlined by junior Morgan Ilse’s performance on Friday. Ilse finished second in the women’s 5,000 meters race with a time of 16:16.77. Her time was good enough to break the school’s all-time record in the event. It is also the fifth-fastest time in the ACC and top-25 in the country.
Both the men’s and women’s 4x100 relay squads also claimed their spots in Tar Heel history. The women’s team, made up of sophomore McKinley McNeill, Jewel Christian, Natisha Dixon and Cierra Dunston took third in the event with a time of 3:37.19. The group’s time was fourth in school history, third in the ACC and top-25 in the nation.
The men’s 4x100 relay team was composed of senior Kenny Selmon and three first-years — Ryan Saint-Germain, Isaiah Palmer and Jadon Johnson. Their time of 3:07.57 is also the fourth-fastest time in UNC history. It is also the second-best in the ACC this season and top-15 in the country.
North Carolina also stood out at the Tiger Paw Invite in Clemson, S.C. First-year Jill Shippee threw a collegiate career-best 63.09 feet (19.23 meters) to finish fourth in the event. The distance places Shippee at third all-time for UNC in the event and is a top-10 mark in the ACC this season.