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UNC track and field breaks 14 career records at Clemson's Bob Pollock Invitational

track and field spring relay Isaiah Palmer
Isaiah Palmer, a sophomore sprinter for UNC, prepares to run during the Men 4x400 Relay in the Dick Taylor Carolina Cup at Eddie Smith Field House on Sat., January 13, 2019. The Tar Heels won the relay with a time of 3:16.88.

The UNC track and field team traveled to Clemson, S.C. over the weekend to compete in the Bob Pollock Invitational. The Tar Heels made a mark in their second-straight meet in South Carolina, breaking 14 career records at the Rock Norman Track & Field Complex. 

What happened? 

On the women’s side of the meet, senior Morgan Ilse finished first in the one mile run with a career-best time (4:40.10) and was accompanied with a top-10 finish from sophomore Erin Edmundson. 

In the women's 60-meter hurdles, first-year Nicole Barnes placed sixth with a time of 8.67 seconds. Sophomore Anna Keefer gave the Tar Heels another top finish as she placed first in the women's long jump of 5.83 meters.

Junior Brianna Isles finished sixth in the women’s triple jump (12.28 meters), while sophomore Jill Shippee had a second place finish (19.65 meters) in the women’s weight throw — giving her a new lifetime record. The mark was also the third-best weight throw in UNC track and field history. 

In the men’s division, the Tar Heels clinched a first place finish in the 4x400 Meter Relay with the fastest time (3:10.00) in the ACC. The young relay group consisted of first-year Onyedikachi Ohia-Enyia, and sophomores Jadon Johnson, Ryan Saint-Germain and Isaiah Palmer. 

UNC had five runners finish in the top-20 in the one mile run, including junior Luke Peterson finishing seventh with a time of 4:13.97. Sophomore Marcus Krah placed 11th in the men’s long jump (6.62 meters), followed by junior Joey Souza who clinched 12th with 6.61 meters. 

Following his record breaking throw last week, sophomore Daniel McArthur finished second in the men’s shot with a mark of 18.86 meters. In the men’s 200 meter dash, sophomore Isaiah Palmer placed second with a time of 21.46. Johnson joined him with a top-20 finish (22.36). 

In the 600 meter run, junior Brandon Cachon finished second with a career-best time of 1:20.31, and Ohia-Enyia finished fifth with a time of 1:21.64. In the 3,000 meter run, the Tar Heels had three runners finish in the top-10: senior Nick Golebiowski (fifth), sophomore Jeremy Brown (seventh) and junior Matt Thorton (ninth). 

Who stood out?

Ilse qualified for her second ACC Indoor Championship event after winning the women’s mile on Friday. Her mile time (4:40.10) is currently the sixth best in the nation and the third best in the ACC. 

Ilse also clocked a personal record of 2:09.38 in her first indoor collegiate 800-meter appearance. Keefer was two-for-two as she earned another first-place finish after jumping 5.83 meters.  

Lindsey Lanier beat her previous time in the 3,000-meter by nearly half a minute (9:46.08). Luke Peterson, Andrew Brooks, Connor Peeples and Marshall Williamson ran personal-best times in the men’s mile as well. 

When was it decided?

UNC established its presence early on in the meet on Friday with high-ranking finished from Ilse, Keefer, Barnes and MacArthur. 

On Saturday, the strong individual performances continued as the Tar Heels broke personal records and clinched a relay win. 

Why does it matter?

The Tar Heels qualified for three more ACC Indoor Championship events at the Bob Pollock Invitational and continued a strong start to the season. 

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will go to both the Camel City Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. and the Virginia Tech "Doc Hale" Elite Meet in Blacksburg, Va., on Feb. 1-2. 

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