On Saturday, the Tar Heels had two record-setting performances from Towns and junior Emerson Porter.
In the men’s 60-meter dash finals, Towns won with a time of 6.74 seconds. This time put Towns second in the UNC record book. Junior Dontavian Smith finished third and sophomore Saypadia DeSaussure II eighth with times of 6.85 and 7.32, respectively, in the same event.
Porter won the women’s pole vault with a 4.09-meter performance, which put her in fourth place in the UNC record book.
Keefer won the women’s long jump with 6.19 meters, which broke the previous Power 5 meet and facility records.
Two Tar Heels had strong performances in the women’s mile run, as senior Erin Edmundson placed third in heat two with a time of 4:51.02, a new personal record. Junior Emmeline Fisher won the third heat with a time of 4:58.80.
In the men’s mile, there was also a personal record set by sophomore Jesse Hunt as he finished with a time of 4:08.85 and placed third.
Who stood out?
Keefer, Towns and Porter all etched their names into the North Carolina history book this weekend.
Keefer’s 60-meter dash time of 7.40 moved her into second in UNC history. Towns’ time of 6.74 seconds propelled him from a tie for sixth in the record books to second. Porter's performance moved her into fourth place in the women’s pole vault.
When was it decided?
Some of the closest races were the women and men’s 60-meter dash. Keefer placed third in the women’s 60-meter dash finals but missed out on first place by just 0.06 seconds. Smith was 0.02 away from second place in the men’s 60-meter finals.
Why does it matter?
UNC finished the two-day competition with nine personal bests. The team's season has gotten off to a hot start, and with a meet like this, where multiple people set personal bests and six Tar Heels grab first-place finishes, that trend continued.
When do they play next?
The North Carolina track and field team will compete in the Valentine Invitational in Boston, MA and the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, SC on Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb.15.
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