Anderson Defends 400 Meter Title at Raleigh Relays


RALEIGH, North Carolina –Senior Nickolis Andersondefended his Men’s 400 Meters title at the Raleigh Relays as the UNCW men’s and women’s outdoor and field teams wrapped up the three-day event at NC State’s Paul Derr & Field Facility on Saturday.

Anderson clocked a 46.57 time in the 400 Meters to win the event for the second consecutive year. The Hubert, N.C., native was one of nine Seahawks to finish top-10 at the Wolfpack-hosted meet.

The Seahawks also continued their ascent with J.T. Allen (Men’s 110 Meters, 13.96), Mackenzie Townsend(Women’s 400 Meters, 55.87) and Avery Rueckert (Women’s 200 Meters, 24.63) soaring into the school’s top-10 all-time leaderboard in their respective events.

Townsend’s mark was good for sixth in the 400 Meters while Allen ranked eighth in the Men’s 110 Meters in Raleigh.

UNCW’s Elise Halland Bailey Tart tied for 10th in the Women’s Pole Vault with each recording a season-best 3.40m jump. Fifth-year Courtney Lines, meanwhile, finished sixth in the Women’s Long Jump with a 5.92m leap.

Fifth-year Josh Parks placed within the top 10 in two events –  Men’s 200 Meter (9th – 21.41) and Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles (5th – 13.92) – in his spring debut one year after reaching the NCAA National Championships.

In throws, Ryan DeBarber and Miles Higginsearned fifth and sixth in the Men’s Javelin with throws of 64.30m and 63.28m, respectively.

The Seahawks next begin the two-day Bill Carson Invitational hosted by East Carolina next Friday and Saturday.

Head Coach Jeff Klaves Says:

“What a great weekend of competition. At this point of the season, we’ve challenged the team to compete and to keep bringing a level of intent that helps produce the results that they’re looking for. We saw exactly that with the grit and strong finishes in our races. I love seeing that at this point of the season. Now what we have to do is come back next week, make some of those minor adjustments and keep this moment going. Competition is everything. I like where we’re going.

 

“Years ago, I used to say we were small but elite. We tried to build with a smaller roster and have some pockets of success. I truly think now that that mentality has transcended into an elite mindset that is becoming the bloodline of our team. Our culture is starting to believe in our mission statement of No Ceilings and now what we want to do is keep encouraging and keep realizing that we are able. We do belong, and we truly are capable of achieving the results that we want to have. East Carolina next week will be a great meet to keep building on these performances.”

UNCW All-Time Top-10 Performances

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