“My goal for that weekend was just to run with the leaders and try to make my move at the end,” Presson said. “I was definitely surprised when I saw my times, especially because it was my first time running the 1500 outdoors.”
Morris set a new UNC pole vault record at last weekend’s Duke Invitational. Morris jumped 14-1 1/4 to win the women’s pole vault event and broke Laura Risi’s record of 13-1 1/2.
“Sandi is very talented but what sets her apart is her confidence,” Craddock said. “After her jump last weekend, I went over to congratulate her on a great freshman season as she said ‘Coach, the season is not over yet.’ She knows her talent and her goals are high.”
Morris’ jump ranks third all-time in the NCAA books for a freshman, and she is currently the top-ranked freshman in the nation in pole vaulting.
While Presson and Morris have had an impressive month of April, they and the rest of the UNC track and field team will need to save their best for the ACC Outdoor Championships, which will be held April 21-23 at Duke.
In order to rest up for the ACC Championships, Presson and Morris will not be competing at this Saturday’s meet.
“A big part of pole vault is having the endurance to recuperate and be able to keep jumping,” Morris said. “Sometimes you get tired and worn out because you’ve taken too many jumps, so I am taking this weekend off so I can be at my best at the ACCs.”
UNC’s men finished fourth in the ACC Championships last season while the women came in third. Both Presson and Morris could help the Tar Heels next week in areas the team lacked last year.
Presson’s best time in the 1500 meters would have easily captured first place in the event in last season’s ACC Championships while Morris’ best pole vault would have captured the event for the women.
While Presson and Morris will be getting a rest this weekend, the rest of the UNC track and field team will compete in this Saturday’s Kent Taylor-Joe Hilton Carolina Invitational. Field events are set begin at 10:30 a.m., track events will start at 11 a.m.
“There are going to be some good teams here this weekend,” Craddock said. “While it will be a good meet with some national exposure, we really just want to have a good practice day and leave this weekend ready for the ACC Championships.”
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