Outdoor Track and Field Open up 2012 Season in Charlotte

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Release: March 16, 2012
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville men's and women's outdoor track and field teams open the 2012 season this weekend at the 49ers Classic that will be held Friday and Saturday.

Both teams have had three weeks off since competing in the Big South indoor championships (Feb. 24-25).

"We're excited about getting started again," said Norman. "We had some good results in the indoor season and hopefully that carries over to the outdoor season."

Sarah Gentry finished in first place and set school record in the 800 meters and Milan Ristic took first in the 60-meter hurdles to highlight the Asheville's performance last month at the Big South indoor meet.

Gentry posted a time of 2:11.40 in the 800 meters, setting a school record in the process. Ristic posted another school-record in 60-meter hurdles. He finished first with a time of 7.91. He also competed in the 200 meters and came in seventh with a time of 22.08.

Other highlights on the day included some good results in the 3000 meters on the women's side. Emma Bussard took fourth (10:16), while Melanie Kulesz (10:17) was right behind her in fifth place.

Bussard earned two points for the Bulldogs in the 5000 meters as she came in seventh place with a time of 17:59.

Meredith Foster came in fifth in the high jump with a leap of 1.65 meters.

Asheville got points from two of its relay teams. The distance medley team took fifth (12:25), while the 4x400 team came in eighth place (4:00).

The men's team enjoyed some highlights in the field events. Cameron Howard came in eighth in the high jump at 1.80 meters. Kurt Hibert had a throw of 15.50 meters in the weight throw and also came in eighth place.

"We really improved as the season went on in the indoor season," said Norman. "The meet at Charlotte is a great opportunity for us to see where we're at early in the season."


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