The North Carolina track and field team competed in the Duke Invitational and Virginia Challenge this weekend. Redshirt sophomore Daniel McArthur had the second-best throw in the ACC in men’s shot put with a mark of 19.10 meters at the Virginia Challenge.
In the Virginia Challenge, McArthur’s 19.10-meter throw set a new season best and set the second-best mark for the ACC en route to fifth place. Redshirt junior Nicole Green won her fifth straight women’s high jump with a mark of 1.78 meters. Sophomore Madeline Kraft won the women’s 800-meter dash with a lifetime-best 2:09.85.
In the women’s hammer throw, sophomore Jill Shippee’s 63.25-meter throw and graduate student Alex Cooke’s 57.39-meter throw both qualified them for the ACC Championships. In the women’s 1500-meter dash redshirt sophomore Ashley Smith finished eighth and set a personal best. In the men’s 1500-meter dash junior Mitch Resor also set a personal best in route to a second-place finish.
In the Duke Invitational, senior Drew Pedersen placed fifth in the men’s pole vault invite with a 5-meter vault, good for third in the ACC. Redshirt junior Jared Martin was another ACC qualifier as his 57.07-meter throw in the men’s javelin throw earned him ACC-qualifying honors and a seventh place finish. Another notable performer was first-year Emily Malone as she earned her first collegiate victory in the women’s javelin throw. Senior Anna Eaton finished fourth in women’s pole vault with a mark of 4.05 meters. Junior McKinley McNeill ran a 55.11 in the women’s 400- meter dash and finished 10th.