High Point University track and field put together several opportunities for its student-athletes to compete this week during exams in preparation for the Big South Track and Field Outdoor Championships next week. This week the Panthers competed at the Virginia Grand Prix and also the Duke Twilight, while HPU while also prepares to have competitors in the Liberty Twilight on Wednesday, May 5th.
For the Panther women, distance saw more personal best performances after a flurry of them a week ago with Famke Heinst leading the way in that category with a personal best performance in the 1500m. The Panther sprinters also performed strongly with several top-five performances while Letizia Jessica Marsico set a new personal best for herself with a mark of 47.04m in the discus at the Virginia Grand Prix.
Heinst finished fourth in the 1500m with a personal best time of 4:24.30. Five Panthers ran in this 1500m at the Duke Twilight and all five set personal best times. Olive Allen finished fifth with a time of 4:27.44. Zoe Geis finished with a time of 4:29.61 earning herself seventh place. Ashley Jones and Lindsey Ickes were the two other Panthers who finished the 1500m with new PRs. Jones finished with a time of 4:34.96 while Ickes ran a time of 4:35.14.
In the Women’s 800m Camryn Harper recorded a fourth-place finish with a time of 2:11.08. The PRs continued in the women’s 100m hurdles as Nyile Facey finished fourth with a time of 13.75 which was a personal best for her, and Madison Reynolds set a new season’s best time in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.62. In the 400m hurdles, Jordan Morrison finished with a time of 1:01.17 earning a second-place finish against ACC competition at the Duke Twilight while Erin Peters finished sixth with a personal best time of 1:06.51
Alicia Dawson posted a third-place finish with a mark of 6.03m in the long jump at the Duke Twilight as she continues to jump well as The Big South Championship continues to get closer.
Another Panther program record was broken this week as Anthony Villavicencio continues to one-up himself this season. The senior broke his hammer record at the Virginia Grand Prix as he threw for a mark of 49.91m.
The Panthers continued to have big moments in Charlottesville as Hocine Bouchrak finished fifth in the steeple with a time of 8:49.44 which is a season’s best for Bouchrak. This time of 8:49 is the 34th fastest time in the nation.
At the Duke twilight, Paul Gore finished first in the 100m with a personal best time of 10.52. Deron Dudley finished second with a time of 10.58 which was a personal best for Dudley as well.
It was a big day for Terris Burton II at the Duke Twilight as he finished with a personal best time of 51.66 in the 400m hurdles. Which is the 56th fastest time in the nation. Burton also placed first in the 110m hurdles with a personal best time of 15.30.
The 4x400m relay team ran a time of 3:49.90 which was a season’s best time for the Panthers 4×400.
Freddie Allen III finished second at the Duke Twilight in the Long Jump with a jump of 7.42m.
The Panther men saw three PRs set in the steeple as Stephen Gray finished fifth with a personal best time of 9:14.65. Jake Tarosky finished seventh with a time of 9:21.14 while Aiden Morrison finished eighth with a time of 9:30.38.
UP NEXT: The Panthers continue their busy week as a small group heads to the Liberty Twilight on Wednesday, May 5th.