The North Carolina track and field teams competed in the Virginia Tech “Doc Hale” Elite Meet and the Camel City Invitational Friday and Saturday.
On Friday at the Doc Hale Elite meet, junior McKinley McNeill won the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 54.78 seconds — which qualified her for the ACC Championship.
Dontavian Smith also qualified for the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 6.86 seconds and Isaiah Palmer qualified for the ACC Championship in the men’s 400-meter dash with a time of 46.86 seconds.
In the men’s 60-meter hurdles redshirt sophomore Marcus Krah finished in first with a time of 8.07 seconds. Sophomore Anna Keefer won the women’s long jump with a 6.12 meter jump.
At the Camel City Invitational on Friday, redshirt junior Draven Crist qualified for the ACC Championship with a 6-foot-8.75 inch leap in the men's high jump. Mary Nebrich had a 4-foot-11 inch jump, good enough for sixth in the unseeded women’s high jump.
On Saturday, senior Morgan Ilse ran the fifth-fastest time in the country in the women’s 3000-meter dash.
“We’re really glad to see a number of the kids continue improve,” head coach Harlis Meaders said. “During this part of the season we’re really just prepping for the ACC Championships and the National Championships, so it seems each weekend kids running a little bit faster, getting a little bit better is really what we’re looking for.”