Squaring up with Duke and Michigan on Friday at the Battle of the Blues in the Blue Devils' Morris Williams Stadium, the UNC women’s track and field team came in third place, while UNC’s men’s team finished second.
Senior Emily Godwin led the Tar Heels to a strong win to start the day in the high jump. She matched her season best of 5-feet, 6-inches, winning first place in the event.
The women’s team started the track events very well, with two Tar Heels – sophomore Brianna Duncan and first-year Anna Keefer – finishing in first and second in the 100-meter event. Duncan’s time (11.35 seconds) was a personal best and broke a 27-year-old university record.
Keefer leapt 20-feet, 9-inches to win first in the long jump. Her jump set a personal best, also putting her first in the ACC and sixth in the country this season. Duncan followed closely behind her, coming in third.
Another notable performance by a UNC woman was junior Nicole Kiszenia’s showing in the discus. She set a personal best with a 137-feet, 1-inch throw and finished first in the event.
The men Tar Heels started the meet on an absolute tear, sweeping the opening four events – the 100-, 200-, 400- and 800-meter races. First-years Dontavian Smith and Isaiah Palmer won the 100-and 400-meter events, respectively. Palmer’s time (47.03) is the sixth best in the ACC this season.
Senior Brandon Reddick and redshirt-senior Cory Nicholls triumphed in the 200- and 800-meter events, respectively.
Smith, Palmer and Reddick, along with another first-year, Ryan Saint-Germain, won first in the 4x100 event. Their time of 40.63 puts them at third overall in the ACC this season.