WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams had their final meet prior to the Big South Conference Championships in two weeks at the UCS Invitational at the JDL Fast Track on Saturday. The originally scheduled Friday & Saturday meet was shortened to just a one-day event on Saturday due to the recent inclement weather in the Triad area.
“I am very excited about the performances that we had today. We believe we took a giant leap towards were we should be and am excited about the conference meet in two weeks,” stated Asheville coach Jesse Norman. “The conference meet is going to be stiffer than usual this year but I believe that the team has now stepped up a level and I feel better about where we are going into the conference championships.”
One of the big highlights of the day came from the 4x400 relay team that finished in fourth place against a very strong field. The quartet of Kassandra Pierre, Alyssa Lashway, Kelsie Rubino and Anna Gelbach posted a team of 4:02.02. It’s the third fastest time in school history.
Argia Gibson set a new school record in the long jump at 5.33 meters and finished in 10th place.
Kasey Briggs came in fifth in the 5000 meters with a time of 18:46.35. Gelbach had the fifth highest time in school history during the 400 meters as she finished with a time of 59.49 and took eighth place.
In the 3000 meters, Erin Dalton came in 12th at 10:21.55
In the mile run, Kelsie Rubino posted a time of 5:04, while Rachel Carson came in at 5:06.
In field events, Meredith Ristic made her first meet a successful one in the high jump as she finished fourth with a leap of 1.65 meters.
Alex Blue had the fourth best jump of all time at Asheville in the triple jump at 10.66 meters.
Corey McClintock took 10th in the weight throw with a toss of 15.04 meters.
On the men’s side, Kurt Hibert had a strong day with a fifth place in the shot put (13.50 meters) and a seventh place in the weight throw (16.66 meters).
Courtney Henry placed eight in the triple jump with a leap of 12.92 meters.
Caleb Smith highlighted Asheville’s distance work with a time of 4:20 in the mile.