Seahawks win five events at Bill Carson’s invitation

GREENVILLE, North Carolina –UNCW track teams earned five first-place finishes at the Bill Carson Invitational Friday and Saturday at East Carolina’s Minges Family Field at the Bate Foundation Track and Field Facility.

The Seahawks were joined by host Pirates, The Citadel, Virginia Tech, Mount Olive and UNC Pembroke in the two-day encounter.

“We’re gaining momentum,” said Jeff Claves, third-year UNCW head coach. “Success happens in training long before competition and this team is locked in what it takes to be successful.

“We are excited about the PR, season bests and new top 10s as it gives us this early opportunity to celebrate the mini wins in athletics. Our primary focus is always the sequel as we continue to push the mark for the CAA and NCAA meet.”

First-year student Ryan DeBarber (Enfield, Conn.) started things off Friday by winning the men’s javelin with a 174-4 shot.

Another newcomer, Khairi Williams (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), was one of four winners on Saturday, taking first place in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.60. He moved in 10and on the all-time chart, moving ahead of Kris Jones.

First-year student Janiyah Fields (Cary, NC) raised eyebrows in the women’s 100 meters beating the field in a time of 24.61. It was the sixth best all-time in the event.

Second year Mackenzie Townsend (Waxhaw, NC) won the fifth gold medal of the day, winning the 400 meters in 57.89.

Junior Josh Parks (Kannapolis, NC) also ran a 10.45 for third all-time in the men’s 100 meters. He trails Cameron Shaw (10.35) and Justine Prevette (10.39) in the standings.

The Seahawks head home with their away program. They will participate in the Duke Invitational next weekend (April 8-9, 2022) and will meet in South Carolina and Virginia before the CAA Championships in Boston on May 6-7, 2022 in Boston.

UNCW Results | Bill Carson Invite | April 1-2, 2022






110 meters hurdles men
1. Khairi Williams 2:60 p.m.
4. JT Allen 15.69





400 meters men
2. Nickolas Anderson 48.42





400 meters hurdles men
2. JT Allen 58.12






Women’s long jump
4. Tori Whimple 17-11.75
7. Gaby Ryan 16-11.50


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