The Daily Tar Heel
Printing news. Raising hell. Since 1893.
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023 Newsletters Latest print issue

We keep you informed.

Help us keep going. Donate Today.
The Daily Tar Heel

Track Wins 5 Events At Raleigh Relays

More than 100 teams were expected to show from colleges and clubs across the country in what was billed as one of the largest meets on the East coast.

Against such a variety of talent, North Carolina's track and field athletes made their presence known by scooping up five first-place trophies.

Ian Douglas snagged first in the men's shot put with a throw of 17.61 meters, beating Pittsburgh's Patrick Harding by almost a meter. The Tar Heel men also grabbed ninth in the hammer throw with Sal Gigante's toss of 178-2 and 10th in javelin with Rory Manger's effort of 188-8.

Senior Jeff Ellis came in second in the men's 800 in 1:49.14.

On the women's side, a familiar face crossed the finish line first in the

200-meter dash, but this time, she wasn't wearing Carolina blue.

LaTasha Colander-Richardson, an Olympian and former Tar Heel, beat Ball State's Jada Phelps and former teammate Crystal Cox in a time of 22.83 seconds.

Ola Sesay captured her second top-five finish of the weekend in the 100 hurdles, coming in fifth. She also took second place in the high jump with a leap of 19-8 3/4 Friday.

In hurdles, Sesay wasn't the top Tar Heel. Luttisha Shittu finished on the heels of St. Augustine's Kia Davis for second.

Although it seemed the Tar Heels weren't going to be able to pull off a win in a running event, Sesay, Cox, Anissa Gainey and Edi Ntuen combined their efforts and took first in the 4x200 in 1:35.31. Another Tar Heel relay squad came in third in the 4x100.

In the field events, Stefanie Dixon took third in pole vault with 11-5 3/4.

The final two heats of the men's 4x400 and all of the women's were cancelled due to rain.

Friday, Joy Ganes continued her domination of the high jump with a NCAA provisional qualifying leap of 5-10 1/2 to defeat a large field of 60 jumpers.

"I wasn't really into my jump," said Ganes, who added she was glad to pick up first despite not being in a rhythm.

UNC's Jill Pedretti grabbed first in discus with a throw of 169-11 and Brent Callaway captured another first for UNC with a mark of 16-6 3/4 in pole vault.

Ganes said, "As a team, we did pretty well considering it was only our second outdoor meet."

The Sports Editor can be reached at

To get the day's news and headlines in your inbox each morning, sign up for our email newsletters.