Senior day typically marks the last time a team will play at home for the rest of a given season. The North Carolina track and field team, however, has an interesting advantage this season — it plays host to the ACC Outdoor Championships next weekend.
Despite this privilege, the Tar Heels held their Senior Day on Saturday at the Joe Hilton Invitational, where UNC waved goodbye to one of its most successful distance runners in recent history in Isaac Presson, as well as a handful of other seniors.
Presson commemorated senior day with a second-place finish in the mile, which he rarely runs outdoors, with a time of 4:05.72. But for the senior from Asheville, who has run a sub-4 minute mile before, it was still a disappointing finish.
"It wasn't a great race for me, I just didn't feel really good in it," Presson said. "I don't know if it was the heat or I have pretty bad allergies, maybe the pollen."
Presson plans to run the 5k and the 1500-meter events at the ACC Championships, and he said he's still riding high after setting a new personal record last week in Stanford.