JACKSONVILLE, FLA.—For the second year in a row, University of North Carolina senior James Joycey is headed to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the hammer throw.
Joycey, who finished 15th at the 2022 NCAA Championships with a throw of 221-2, became the first Tar Heel in 2023 to qualify for a trip to Nationals in Austin, Texas with an effort of xxxxxxxxx.
James Joycey is the first Tar Heel headed to Texas, earning his second-straight bid to the NCAA Outdoor Championships! #GoHeels 🐏 pic.twitter.com/Q4CSdjDtfK
— UNC Track & Field • XC (@UNCTrack_Field) May 24, 2023
Later on Wednesday, a pair of Tar Heel men advanced to Friday’s quarterfinal round in the 1,500-meter run. Jesse Hunt took second place in his heat in 3:44.61, placing second overall. Meanwhile, Ethan Strand won his first-round heat in a time of 3:45.87 to place 14th overall.
Craig Saddler II moved on to Friday’s quarterfinals in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, finishing sixth in the first round in 50.31.
NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (MAY 24-27)
WEDNESDAY MAY 24
11. James Joycey, 66.00m (216-6)
36. Roman Mitchell, 61.91m (203-1)
1,500m 1st round
2. Jesse Hunt, 3:44.61; 14. Ethan Strand, 3:45.87
400m Hurdles 1st round
2. Craig Saddler II, 50.31
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