This meet was simply a tune-up, or so thought the North Carolina track and field team when it stepped into Eddie Smith Field House on Saturday afternoon.
The Carolina Cup is one of only two home meets for North Carolina this spring season, and UNC hosted Duke, N.C. State and East Carolina for the day.
Considering it was the first meet of the new year, many of UNC’s top performers came into the day just looking to shake the rust off.
“Training has been really good," head coach Harlis Meaders said. "I think the team itself throughout the fall has been really united. The coaching staff has done a great job of raising expectations and the kids have really bought into that."
But the Tar Heels were not there to play around. North Carolina had 12 first-place finishers in 28 events — seven in women’s and five in men’s. Both the women’s and men's teams ran away with first place on the day, totaling 49 and 60 points, respectively.
For much of the day it was simply domination, in a variety of events. Marcus Krah ran in his first collegiate race and posted a top-15 time in the country for the 60-meter hurdles. The redshirt first-year was a junior world champion, but this was his first opportunity to get out on the track and compete as a Tar Heel.
“It felt great," Krah said. "It was in front of the new coach, in front of the team, and in front of my closest friends and my family. My mom and dad came. I can’t remember the last time they came to a meet … It really meant a lot to me."
Brianna Duncan set a school record in the 60-meter dash — twice. The sophomore notched a 7.29-second time and took first place in the event.
North Carolina swept the competition in two events, finishing in first, second and third place in men’s triple jump and the women’s mile.