Canes Ready for Carolina Challenge

Canes Ready for Carolina Challenge

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – An opening weekend filled with program records and wins highlighted the University of Miami track and field team’s first meet of 2022.

This week, UM will travel to Columbia, S.C., for the Carolina Challenge on Friday and Saturday as it looks use its momentum from week one. The competition will be held at the Carolina Indoor Track and Field Complex.

In their first event of the season, the UAB Blazer Invitational on Jan. 14, the Hurricanes set five program records and notched nine individual wins. Miami added six program top-five marks to its weekend success.

Graduate student Isaiah Holmes opened the day with a program high jump record of 2.11m. Teammates Ayman Zahafi and Natalie Varela joined Holmes in the history book, each setting a new best time in school history for the 1000m. Zahafi finished first in his event with a time of 2:24.60 and Varela crossed the finish line in 2:52.44 to take second.

In her Miami track debut, Daphnee Lavassas smoked the previous school 3000m record by over five seconds with a time of 9:41.65 to earn her first win as a Cane on the track.

The Canes swept both the triple jump and 4x400m relay at UAB. Ashley Moore took the title in the women’s triple jump with a mark of 12.39m, while Justin Forde set a new program record with his winning jump of 16.04m.

In the women’s 4x400m relay, the team of Jacious Sears, Kayla Johnson, Moriah Oliveira and Blanca Hervas-Rodriguez clocked in a time of 3:40.44 for the win. On the men’s side, they finished in 3:15.23 with the squad of Ryler Gould, Khamal Stewart-Baynes, Davonte Fuller and Zahafi.

Three more Canes – Kayla Johnson, Emma Langlois and Sears – brought home individual wins. Johnson took the 600m with a time of 1:29.11, while Langlois sealed the mile in a time of 4:54.98 and Sears won the 60m in 7.38.

Doors open at 8 a.m. (ET) on Friday with action set to begin 10 a.m. with the women’s weight throw, pole vault and long jump. Men’s action will also start at 10 a.m. with the shot put, long jump and 5K.

On Saturday, the doors will open at 8 a.m. with the meet starting at 10 a.m. with the men’s and women’s high jump.

Tickets for fans can be purchased at the door and be cash only. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for 17 and under is $5 and free for two and under.

Live results can be followed along here.