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North Carolina track teams finish first, third in the Battle of the Blues

The North Carolina track and field team made the short trek to Durham to compete in the Battle of the Blues on Friday and Saturday. The meet featured UNC, Duke and Michigan in the first ever time the three programs have met in a tri-meet. 

The men’s team finished first with a total score of 83 points, while the women’s team fell short to finish last with a score of 48. 

On Friday, the meet featured only the men and women’s hammer events. 

Senior Avana Story started the women off fast with a first place finish in the hammer after throwing 58.44 meters. For the men, redshirt senior A.J. Hicks finished in third place with a throw of 58.98 meters. 

In the men’s 200-meter dash and 400-meter race, junior Ceo Ways earned two first-place finishes with times of 21.11 and 47.09 seconds. Sophomore Kenny Selmon also won two separate events — the men’s 110- and 400-meter hurdles — with times of 14.35 and 50.75. 

In the women’s running events, redshirt senior Lizzy Whelan ran a time of 2:06.64 to capture first place in the 800-meter race. 

The men’s 4x100-meter relay finished first over Duke with a time of 42.09, and the men’s 4x400-meter relay team solidified the top spot with a time of 3:07.81. 

The field events displayed three first-years taking over the spotlight for the Tar Heels.

Nicole Greene started off for the women with a first-place jump of 1.79 meters in the high jump. Darryl Shaw earned a win in the men’s triple jump after covering a distance of 15.16 meters, while Joey Souza completed the men’s long jump with a distance of 7.39 meters for first place. 

In the pole vault competition, the Tar Heels took the first and second place spots. Senior Austin Vegas jumped 5.15 meters for a personal record to finish on top. First-year Drew Pedersen followed behind Vegas with a jump of 4.75 meters. 


“It was a great meet with three of the top-ranked universities in the country together. There was excellent competition in almost every event and I’m looking forward to doing it again. The women’s team showed growth while the men’s team got a victory, which is always nice.” — Coach Harlis Meaders on the competition and the team’s performance at the meet. 


The spotlight was also on senior Houston Summers after his performance in the men’s javelin, and with a throw of 71.01 meters, he earned both a first place finish and a personal record. 

Three Numbers That Matter

4.5: The number of points that separated the men’s track team from the 78.5 points that the second place Michigan track team scored. 

10: The number of first place finishes that the men’s team enjoyed. 

14: The number of feet that Story threw ahead of the other competitors in the women’s hammer event. 

What’s Next?

The Tar Heels will compete at the UGA Invite in Athens, Ga. on Wednesday and Thursday. 


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