The North Carolina track and field team scored top marks and showcased future potential in the Raleigh Relays this weekend.
Junior sprinter Ceo Ways earned a runner-up finish in Friday's 400-meter dash with a mark of 46.43 seconds — the top time in the NCAA this season.
Mark Derrick had a career performance in the 5,000-meter race, finishing fifth among all runners and first in the collegiate field. The redshiurt junior's time of 13:54.71 — a lifetime best — vaulted him to fifth on UNC's all-time list.
Redshirt senior Lizzy Whelan clocked a 4:21.32 in the 1,500-meter race to place fourth, finishing as the second-fastest collegiate athlete in the event.
The Tar Heels displayed their depth in the long jump finals, with three athletes placing in the top six. The champion, first-year Joey Souza, launched 7.23 meters to take the event for North Carolina.
Saturday saw more of the same, as sophomore Kenny Selmon put down a time of 51.06 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles to win the event.
“The atmosphere and competition are obviously very good. In the race, the competition was very high, and it definitely felt like a national level race. It felt good racing people who have been running professionally for years.” — Ways on his top performance on Friday.