Niners Rewrite Record Books at Carolina Challenge

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Eight top-10 school record performances, including a personal-best from Joyasia Smith in the women’s 200m invite and Ta-Halia Fairman in the women’s 400m invite, keynoted the Charlotte track and field team’s performance at the Carolina Challenge over the weekend.



Jayden Phillip highlighted the efforts of the 49ers’ sprinters, taking first place in the men’s 300m open with a time of 34:11, the fifth-best time in program history. Jordan Polk-Webb was not far behind, posting a time of 34.47 for the seventh-best finish ever. In fourth place, Jordan Reece hit the cutoff for a top-10 record with a mark of 34.53, placing him 10th in school annals.

As a unit, Charlotte placed three of the top four runners in the men’s 300m.

In the women’s 200m open, Angela Alozie finished first with a time of 24.84, while Tajauni Elliott was the top runner on the men’s side with a mark of 21.93, setting a personal record.


The Niners dominated the women’s pole vault invite, sweeping the top three places.

Fresh off a school-record performance last week at the Virginia Tech Invitational, Riley Felts posted a clearance of 14′ 4.50″ (4.38m) to finish first. Sarah Brown followed up with a mark of 13′ 8.25″ (4.17m), while Alicia Johnson posted a clearance of 13′ 0.25″ (3.97m), the third-best mark in school history.

In the women’s long jump open, Sasha Gregory finished first in the field with a personal-best jump of 18′ 4.25″ (5.59m).


In another record book-worthy performance, Kayla Davis-Edwards claimed first in the women’s shot put open with a throw of 44′ 08″ (13.61m). That stands as the sixth-best mark ever by a 49er.



Continuing her torrid start to the year, Ta-Halia Fairman won the women’s 400m invite with a personal-best time of 53.44. Not only was that the third-best time in school history but it was also the best time in the American Athletic Conference this season, and 17th in Division I.

In the women’s 200m invite, Joyasia Smith posted the second-best mark in program history with a time of 23:46. That stands as the 12th-best mark in the country this indoor season. Also posting a top-10 school record finish was Aniya Matthews at 24:09, the sixth-fastest time in program history.

In the women’s 4x400m relay invite, the Charlotte quartet of Ya-Sha-Rah Brathwaite, Khia Holloway, Matthews, and Smith notched first place with a time of 3:45.71.


Jordan McNair placed first in the men’s high jump open with a personal-best jump of 6′ 5.50″ (1.97m). In the men’s triple jump open, Mikai Hunt also took the top mark with a jump of 49′ 8.25 (15.14m).


Charlotte will ready themselves for the Bob Pollock Invitational on Friday. The two-day meet will be hosted at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex in Clemson, S.C.

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