After a successful indoor season, the Charlotte track and field team started their outdoor season hosting the 49er Classic on Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19. The team had multiple accomplishments over the weekend and are off to a great start to the second half of the season. The men's team is coming off an Indoor Conference USA (C-USA) Championship.
The team's had a fantastic weekend by recording 15 first-place finishes, 14 second-place finishes and nine third-place finishes. Multiple underclassmen made their impact with top finishes throughout the weekend.
Sophomore Ta-Halia Fairman won the women's 100m with a time of 11.59. Taylor Boykin-Roach, Sharnae Alston and Imani Rivas all finished in the top five for the 49ers in the event.
In the women's 200m, junior Maya Singletary and freshman JaNeya Hammond finished first and second with a 24.28 and 24.60, respectively. Hammond followed things by winning the women's 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.99, while teammate Liyah Jones finished second with a 1:05.19. Charlotte won the women's 4X100M relay with a 45.47, nearly 1.5 seconds ahead of second-place finisher South Carolina Upstate.
Senior Maci Bunting and Junior Alex Wolf recorded another 1-2 finish in the women's high jump. Bunting won the event with a 1.68m, just shy of her personal best, while Wolf recorded a 1.63m. Wolf won the women's long jump with a 5.85m. Sophomore Sarah Brown won the women's pole vault with a 4.20m while freshman Alicia Johnson finished second with a 3.60m.
Freshman Elizabeth Bailey began her 49ers javelin career by almost breaking an eight-year-old school record. Bailey finished third with a 41.51m, which was .21 meters off the school record set by Aubrey Dowding in 2014.
Junior Christian Palmer won the men's 400m hurdles with a 54.12m while Sophomore Justin Leaston came home the third with a 55.01m. Charlotte won the men's 4X400M relay with a time of 3:14.48 on the final day of the event. Sophomore Avery Scott won the men's triple jump with a 14.90m.
Sophomore Jacob Soorus placed first in the men's discus with 47.34 meters, ranking seventh all-time in 49ers history. Soorus was second in the shot put with a distance of 16.85m, the fifth-best in school history.
Charlotte sophomore Jurcek Korpic Lesjak won the men's hammer throw with a 58.36m distance. Freshman Thomas Olesen won the men's long jump with a 5.40m and the pole vault with a 4.30m.
Freshman Maddon Muhammed finished first in the men's 3,000m with an impressive time of 8:23.10, the fifth-best time on the 49ers' all-time top 10 list. It is the fastest time since Ryan Jank set the school record with an 8:21.54 in 2008.
Sophomore Avery Scott finished first in the men's triple jump with a 14.90m vault outside the 49ers' all-time top 10 list.
Charlotte will be back in action on Thursday, March 24, through Saturday, March 26, in the Raleigh Relays at the North Carolina State University. The 49ers will look to keep the momentum going in the upcoming meet.