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Brianna Duncan, Kenny Selmon highlight track and field's final regular-season meet

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Noah Shore (right) of UNC sprints out final stretch at the Fetzer Field track.

In its last regular-season meet of the season, the North Carolina track and field teams performed well and racked up a number of notable individual performances. 

What happened?

During the last regular season meet of the year, the Tar Heels came ready to compete. Both the men and the women performed exceptionally, setting personal records and picking up victories in many different events.

Senior Brandon Reddick had a lifetime best performance in the 200 meters with a time of 21.10, finishing third overall. Reddick was also part of the men’s 4x100 relay that marked the fastest time for UNC in this event since 1996 at 40.09. Their time is the fifth fastest in school history and ranks third in the ACC so far this season.

Alex Milligan also set a lifetime best in the 1,500 meters. The redshirt first-year ran a 3:44.69 to win the event for the second time this season. 

During her first ever race in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Morgan Ilse had the sixth best time in the ACC this season, winning the event with a time of 10:29.65. 

Senior Cierra Dunston also performed well, running a 54.09 in the 400-meter event to claim her second win in the event this season. Dunston was also a part of the winning women’s 4x400 relay that ran a season-best 3:39.75.

Who stood out?

Sophomore Brianna Duncan had a stand-out performance on Saturday, breaking the 1994 school record set by Marion Jones in the wind-legal 100-meter event. Duncan ran 11.27, beating Jones’ record of 11.40 and set the facility record at Lannigan Field as well. 

Duncan’s time is the fourth in the ACC and top-ranked in the nation. Earlier this season, Duncan broke the all-conditions mark in the event at the Battle of the Blues meet in Durham. 

In addition to setting the record for the wind-legal 100-meter, Duncan won the 200 meter for the first time in her career with a time of 23.25.

Alongside Duncan, senior Kenny Selmon continued to prove that he is the fastest in the country in the 400-meter hurdles event. Selmon claimed the nation’s fastest time a few weeks ago at the Hurricane Collegiate Invitational in Coral Gables, Florida with a 49.00 run, but that didn't mean he couldn't break his own record.

On Saturday, Selmon shredded the time down to 48.98 and ran fast enough to remain undefeated and set the fastest time in the United States this season, and the sixth-fastest time in the world. He didn't stop there. Selmon was also part of a 4x400 relay for the Tar Heels that set a season-best time to win the relay on Saturday. Their time of 3:07.03 is second best in the ACC, and ninth best in the east region this season.

Why does it matter?

With the all-important postseason looming in the near future, the Tar Heels are in their prime of the season in many events. The progress made by North Carolina so far will continue to benefit them as they head into the ACC and NCAA Championships. Their top-ranking performances across many different events this weekend sets them up to perform well in the upcoming championships.

When do they play next?

After finishing up their regular season in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, the Tar Heels will head to Coral Gables, Fla., from May 10-12 for the 2018 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The meet will kick off at 11 a.m. on May 10th with the decathlon event. 

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