RALEIGH, N.C. – The UNC Asheville track and field teams will be participating in the Raleigh Relays this weekend.


Head Coach Jesse Norman is anxious to see how both of his teams perform in this prestigious meet.


“This is going to be a great test for us,” commented Norman. “We’re going to be going against some of the top teams and athletes in the country this weekend in Raleigh. We’ll see where we’re at this point of the season.”


Asheville competed last weekend at Western Carolina and both teams came in fourth place at the meet.


“We had some good results at Western Carolina as we changed things up a little bit prior to this week’s meet in Raleigh,” said Norman.  


John Bellard, Meredith Foster and Milan Ristic both finished in first place to highlight Asheville’s performance at WCU.


Bellard won his first ever javelin collegiate completion by coming in first place with a throw of 52.01 meters.


Ristic opened the outdoor season with a first-place finish in the 110 hurdles. He came in first with a time of 14.04.


Foster earned a first-place finish in the high jump. She dominated the field with a jump of 1.62 meters.


Asheville did a great job in the 1500 meters as the Bulldogs had four runners in the top nine. Emma Bussard took second with a time of 4:47.33. Melanie Kulesz came in fourth at 4:49.31, while Erin Dalton took fifth at 4:49.92. Adrian Etheridge took ninth at 4:55.08.


Molly Harkavy had two strong finishes in hurdle events. She ran a time of 15.64 in the 100 hurdles at 15.64 and came in fourth place. Harkavy took sixth in the 400 meters at 1:08.91.


Sarah Gentry competed in the 400 meters and took third place with a time of 57.41. Anna Gelbach came in fifth at 59.32.


Ashlei Clodfelter placed fourth in the javelin at 30.76 meters.


On the men’s side, Kurt Hibert finished third in the discus on Friday. He had another strong day on Saturday. Hibert came in second in the hammer throw at 51.40 meters. He took fourth in the shot put at 13.00 meters.  Hibert accounted for 19 of Asheville’s 48 points over the weekend.


Courtney Henry took seventh in the long jump at 6.44 meters.