Three Tar Heels made their way into the history books as the North Carolina track and field team competed at the two-day Power 5 Invitational in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday and Saturday.
The Tar Heels competed strictly in running events on Friday, with their most impressive performances coming from junior Anna Keefer and sophomore Qhiyal Towns.
In the women’s 60-meter prelims, Keefer ran a personal best time of 7.40 to win the event. Towns ran a 6.81 in the men’s 60-meter prelims to win the event, and he matched his personal best for the fourth time this season.
Another personal record was set when senior Ashley Smith finished with a time of 17:34.68, good for third in the women’s 5,000-meter run. Also, sophomore Camryn Petit finished second with a time of 17:29.98 in the women’s 5,000.
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.