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Emily Godwin, Tainasha Vines finish strong at Tobacco Road Multis

Emily Godwin took home first place in the women's pentathlon and several other Tar Heels impressed as the North Carolina track and field teams hosted the Tobacco Road Multis on Wednesday and Thursday.

What happened?

Two events took place over the course of two days: the men’s heptathlon and the women’s pentathlon.

In the men’s heptathlon, first-years Will Eskew and Joseph Ibrahim and senior John Beyle represented the Tar Heels. The trio had several good results, with Beyle finishing second in the shot put, Ibrahim finishing first in the high jump and Eskew finishing first in the 1,000-meter race. However, they were up against some tough competition, and the final standings ended with Eskew in fifth with 4,243 points, Ibrahim in sixth with 3,653 points, and Beyle in seventh out of seven competitors with 3383 points.

In the women’s pentathlon, Godwin and sophomore Tainasha Vines competed for UNC, with both putting in excellent performances. 

Godwin got off to a fast start, taking first place in 60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and long jump. Vines followed closely behind, taking third, third, second, and second in those competitions, respectively. 

In the final event, the 800-meter run, Vines took second and Godwin finished third. The final standings showed Godwin in first place with a score of 3,796 total points and Vines in third with 3,557 points.

Who stood out?

Godwin turned in an exceptional performance in the women’s pentathlon and her victory never looked in doubt, as she won four of the first five events on her way to a first-place finish.

Vines also had a good week, as the sophomore from Bunn, N.C. finished her first ever pentathlon in third place.

When was it decided?

Both events were decided early on. On the men’s side, the trio of competitors finished fifth, sixth and seventh in the first two events and would remain in those spots for the rest of the competition.

On the women’s side, Godwin finished first in the first four events and ended up taking first overall. Vines, on the other hand, was in second overall with one event remaining, but she finished in third after being overtaken by Wake Forest’s Amy Collins in the final event: the 800-meter run.

Why does it matter?

This week’s meet was the first chance this season for the multis specialists to showcase their talents.

It was also the last meet to feature heptathlon and pentathlon events before the conference championships in Indiana next month, and it provided an opportunity to qualify for the 2017 NCAA indoor championships in Texas later this year.

Where do they play next?

The UNC track and field teams will now travel to South Bend, Ind., where they will compete in the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday.

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