The North Carolina track & field team competed in the NCAA East Preliminary Round this weekend on the campus of the University of North Florida.
Nicole Greene, Madison Wiltrout and the men's 4x400 team of Isaiah Palmer, Ryan Saint-Germain, Onyedikachi Ohia-Enyia and Ari Cogdell all qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Austin, Texas.
The Tar Heels encountered early success when a pair of teammates punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships.
Early in the day, Wiltrout became the first Tar Heel to make it to Austin with her performance in the women’s javelin. The redshirt first-year finished fifth amongst her competition with a throw of 51.69 meters. This marks the first time the Pennsylvania native has qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Later in the day, Green, a redshirt junior, advanced to her first-ever outdoor national championship with her performance in the high jump, finishing with a height of 5-10 ¾ (1.80 meters).
“Madison was my roommate, so we were talking about it all the time,” Green said. “She just had to throw one good one and she would be in, but (watching her) gave me the confidence that I could do it too.”
Carolina’s success continued as three other team members advanced to the quarterfinals in their events. Juniors Alex Milligan and Brandon Tubby finished the 1,500-meters race with times of 3:53.91 and 3:53.97, respectively, to move on to the men's quarterfinals.
Sophomore Anna Keefer qualified for the next round of the women’s 100-meters race with a time of 11.51 seconds.