Ndhlovu Tallies Second Place Finish At Kent Taylor Invite
CHAPEL HILL – Junior Pardon Ndhlovu shattered his personal record in the 3000m run by more than 17 seconds on Saturday at the Kent Taylor Invitational to capture a second place finish to highlight action for the UNCP men's track and field team.
Ndhlovu recorded a time of 8:31.36 and was only passed by an NCAA Division I athlete from Davidson in the race. Newcomer Shaquille Ray initially ran a time of 7.13 seconds in the 60m dash preliminaries, but broke his personal best time in the event by .05 seconds in the finals for a time of 6.99 seconds to record a fourth place finish overall.
Ray also competed in the 200m dash with a time of 22.70 seconds and dropped .22 seconds from his time last week for a fourth place finish. Jon Williams also competed in the event and finished ninth with a time of 23.14 seconds.
Newcomer Eric Upchurch grabbed a fourth place finish in his first collegiate competition in the shot put with a mark of 13.32m, but fouled on all three attempts in the weight throw.
In the 400m dash, Jameel Joyner and D'Andre Weaver posted 10th and 13th place finishes, respectively, with Joyner recording a time of 52.55 seconds and Weaver crossing the finish line with a time of 53.25 seconds.
Cedric Wilson returned to the track for the first time since 2010 in the 1 Mile Run to record a time of 4:47.53 for a personal best by more than three seconds, while Andrew Nguyen debuted his college career with a time of 4:50.93.
Senior Zach Bayless also competed in the 3000m run for a time of 9:20.25 which posts a new personal best by one second for a 19th place finish. The 4x400m relay team of Joyner, Ray, Weaver and Williams finished 11th overall with a time of 3:44.97.
UNCP will be back in action in a month to start the outdoor season when the Braves make the short trek to Wilmington for the UNC Wilmington-hosted Seahawk Invitational. The event will get underway with a handful of events on March 9, with the annual meet concluding with a majority of the running events March 10.
Men's 60 Meter Dash - Prelims
7 Shaquille Ray 7.13 seconds
Men's 60 Meter Dash - Finals
4 Shaquille Ray 6.99 seconds
Men's 200 Meter Dash
4 Shaquille Ray 22.70 seconds
9 Jon Williams 23.14 seconds
Men's 400 Meter Dash
10 Jameel Joyner 52.55 seconds
13 D'Andre Weaver 53.25 seconds
Men's 1 Mile Run
21 Cedric Wilson 4:47.53
22 Andrew Nguyen 4:50.93
Men's 3000 Meter Run
2 Pardon Ndhlovu 8:31.36
19 Zach Bayless 9:20.25
Men's 4x400 Meter Relay
11 UNC Pembroke 3:44.97
Jameel Joyner, Shaquille Ray, D'Andre Weaver, Jon Williams
Men's Shot Put
4 Eric Upchurch 13.32m
Men's Weight Throw
Eric Upchurch FOUL