RALEIGH, N.C. -More than 2,000 collegiate and high school athletes will participate on Friday and Saturday at the Raleigh Relays, one of the largest track and field meets in the nation held annually at NC State's Derr Track.
More than 80 colleges and universities, including UNC Asheville, plus several dozen prominent running clubs, will send representatives to participate in the meet, which will include the 21 typical events contested at the NCAA Championships, as well as the sprint medley, the 3,000-meter race walk and five different relays.
"We're really pleased to be in this meet," stated Bulldog coach Jesse Norman. "This will be the biggest meet in the Southeast this year and we're a part of it. Obviously, the competition will be fierce but this is going to make us a better team as we get closer and closer to the Big South Conference meet in a few weeks (April 19-21).
Both Bulldog teams were in action last weekend in Cullowhee as they participated in the Beynon Sports Surfaces Catamount Classic.
Highlighting the meet was first-place finishes from Meredith Foster and Milan Ristic. Foster took first place in the high jump with a leap of 1.65 meters. Ristic won the 110 Hurdles with a time of 14.10. Foster's leap tied a school record, while Ristic set a new school mark in the hurdles.
Other Asheville highlights on Saturday included Sarah Gentry taking third in the 400 meters with a time of 57.65. That's the third best time in school history.
Molly Harkavy finished third in the 400 Hurdles as she posted a time of 1:06.23. Melanie Kulesz placed fifth in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:47.64 Ashlei Clodfelter took a fourth-place finish in the javelin (37.30 meters), while Alyska Kalmeijer finished sixth in the 800 meters (2:20.23).
Corey McClintock had an impressive showing in the hammer throw at 43.84 meters. The throw was the third longest in school history. The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Sarah Gentry, Molly Harkavy, Emily Pineda and Alyska Kalmeijer finished in fourth place at a time of 4:10.94.
Highlights on the men's side included a new school record in the hammer throw. Kurt Hibert finished in fourth place as he posted a throw of 54.47 meters. Delano Loritts continued his good work this year in the triple jump. His leap of 13.31 meters is the third highest in school history.