CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Seven Tar Heels won individual titles in an impressive overall performance for the University of North Carolina track and field teams on Saturday at the Dick Taylor Carolina Challenge in the Eddie Smith Field House.
Carolina dominated the distance events, winning titles in the men’s and women’s mile run, women’s 800m and men’s 1000m. UNC also won both the men’s and women’s 4×400 relays, as well as the women’s weight throw.
The Tar Heels were hosting their first indoor meet in Chapel Hill in over three years. The last time UNC hosted a home meet was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic at the Dick Taylor Carolina Challenge on January 11, 2020. In the meantime, the Eddie Smith Field House was upgraded from top to bottom, including new lighting, fresh paint, updated UNC branding throughout the building, renovated coaches’ offices and team spaces and more.
UNC put forth a performance worthy of its sparkling home venue on Saturday.
Carolina runners took three of the top six finishes in the men’s mile run. Sophomore Jason Thomson raced to the victory in 4:09.03. With Sully Shelton taking third place in 4:10.53 and Crawford Hope finishing sixth in 4:16.59, UNC runners took three of the top six finishes. Meanwhile, Michael Spragley won the men’s 1000m in a time of 2:25.65 with Tar Heels Aiden Neal and Dylan Look, racing unattached, finished second and third, respectively. The men’s 4×400 relay team of Blaise Atkinson, Jared Williams, Trevor Paschall and Craig Saddler II captured the final win of the day for UNC.
The women were just as impressive for Carolina. Jordan Fong, a graduate transfer from Stanford in her first appearance as a Tar Heel, won the women’s weight throw with a personal-best throw of 19.16m (62-10.50). UNC swept the top three finishers in the women’s mile run with Natalie Tyner winning in 4:52.77, followed by second-place Ava Dobson (4:55.37) and third-place Sasha Neglia (4:55.64).
Carolina grabbed the top three spots in the women’s 800m: Alyssa Hernandez (2:15.29), Ella Auderset (2:16.55) and Addison Pignetti (2:23.38).
TAR HEEL HIGHLIGHTS
• Meet officials held a moment of silence during the meet in honor of Richard “Dick” Taylor (UNC Class of 1950), who passed away in 2022. Taylor was an NCAA Division I hurdles record holder as a Tar Heel and later a member…