Category Archives: Campbell Track and Field

Climbing The Conference Ranks

Campbell Track and Field continues their impressive performance at the Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships, as the Fighting Camels begin today’s final round of action.

Overall through two days of initial qualifying action, the men’s squad sits fourth overall with 29 points and the women’s team is currently in sixth place with 18 points.

Check out the full highlights from the opening two days of action. Here is the full heat sheet for events coming up this afternoon, featuring a full day of running events like the Women’s 4x100M Relay starting at 12:40 p.m. EST.

Fans can follow the action live today on the Big South Network and get the latest results on the Fighting Camels on social media @GoCamelsRun on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Advertisements

Record Breaking Weekend

Campbell Track and Field hosted their first and only home meet of the season – soaring to new heights in the Campbell Invitational.

First and foremost, Davian Rhodes set a PR in the high jump, moving inside the top-25 rankings in the nation following this massive leap.

Then Sabina Allen, the reigning Big South Conference champion, set her own PR as well, moving inside the top-1o regional rankings in the Triple Jump.

Meanwhile, fans can check out the entire action as four competitors  – including Big South Indoor Female Athlete of the Year Lilla Juhasz (100-m Hurdles) and Tatiana Wolfe (400-m Hurdles) now place inside the top-25 regional rankings overall.

Those were just some of the records broken this past weekend in Buies Creek as the Fighting Camels performed well at the Campbell Invitational. The Fighting Camels return to the track on next weekend at the UVA Challenge in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Make sure to follow @GoCamelsRun on both Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates on the Running Camels pursuit of records before the Big South Outdoor Championships on May 10-11 in Lynchgburg, Virginia at the campus of Liberty University.

 

Record Indoor Championships

Campbell Track and Field set multiple school records at the Big South Indoor Championships, finishing third overall in both the men’s and women’s competition in the Rector Field House at Virginia Tech University over the weekend.

Led by Big South Female Track Athlete of the Year, Lilla Juhasz, who won both the 60-m dash and the 60-m hurdles – setting her own personal record (7.58s), the Fighting Camels recorded a program high in points and All-Conference performers.

Amon Terer cruised to the title in the men’s 3,000m race and the 5,000m race, while Joan Maritim showcased a strong showing in the long distance race finishing second overall.

Sabina Allen kickstarted a fantastic final day of action, setting her own PR in the women’s long jump and women’s triple jump, winning both competitions for the Fighting Camels.

Campbell was well represented on the podium in the high jump as Chenelle McKay won the women’s high jump while Davian Rhodes captured the men’s overall title.

First Place All-Big South:

  • Sabina Allen (women’s long jump, women’s triple jump)
  • Lilla Juhasz (women’s 60-meter dash, women’s 60-meter hurdles)
  • Shenelle McKay (women’s high jump)
  • Davian Rhodes (men’s high jump)
  • Amon Terer (men’s 3,000-meter race, men’s 5,000-meter race)

Second Place All-Big South:

  • Tashinga Chitambira (men’s 60-meter dash)
  • Lorne Jenkins (men’s long jump)
  • Joan Maritim (women’s 5,000-meter run)
  • Women’s 4×400-meter Relay (Jocelyn Culbreath, Tatiana Wolfe, Racheal Brown, Roshae Jackson)

Third Place All-Big South:

  • Jaszlyn Jenkins (women’s triple jump)
  • Joan Maritim (women’s 3,000-meter run, 1-mile run)
  • Tatiana Wolfe (women’s 60-meter hurdles)
  • Women’s Distance Medley Relay (Kelsey Rea, Racheal Brown, Roshae Jackson, Amina Alvarez-Barkane)
  • Men’s 4×400-meter Relay

Following a successful weekend across the board, head coach Michael Kelly was named Big South Women’s Coach of the Year, leading Campbell to within one point of second place.

Check out the full highlights from the final day of action (click here for day one) in the Big South Indoor Championships led by plenty of podium worthy moments on the track.

Campbell Track and Field Update

Written By: Chris Downey, Athletic Communications Assistant

Most recently, Campbell competed in the UNCG Team Challenge on Jan. 24. Here are the latest notes from the past weekend of action.

  • Mason Holt earned first place in the 3,000-meter race, finishing the race at 8:53.28.
  • The women’s 4×400 team finished third in the event, running a 3:58.07.
  • Noah Tyson completed the men’s triple jump in third place, jumping 13.41-meters. Taylor Swanson finished fourth in that event for Campbell.
  • Tatiana Wolfe finished the 60-meter hurdles in third place at 8.86.

Three weeks into the indoor track & field season, Campbell has been making positive strides in its performances.

  • Lilla Juhasz broke her previous school record in the 60-meter hurdles at the Virginia Tech Invitational. She ran a time of 8.47 seconds, placing second in the event.
  • With that performance, she earned Big South Female Track Athlete of the Week honors
  • Lorne Jenkins also earned athlete of the week honors for Male Field performance of the week during the same span.
  • At the Virginia Tech Invitational, Jenkins improved on his initial mark with a 7.14-meters. He jumped 14.72 in the men’s triple jump.

Read More: Catching up with Lorne Jenkins

During the opening meet, Campbell captured five first place finishes.

  • Khai McLin claimed first in the 60-meter dash with 6.88s. He also finished second at the 200-meter dash.
  • Davian Rhodes finished first in the men’s high jump with 2.01-meters. Chase Edwards finished third in that same event.
  • On the women’s side, Roshae Jackson finished first in the 800-meter run with a 2:21.53s.
  • Ali Bowen finished in the top spot in the 3,000-meter run at 11:19.88s and Sabina Alleln finished first in the long jump (5.62-meter).

Catching Up with Campbell T/F: Lorne Jenkins

Student-Athlete: Lorne Jenkins

Event: (Jumps and Sprints)

Foundation: Junior – Longmont, Colorado

150828TF_SP007.JPG

Q: Thoughts on your performance last season?

“I had a decent last year, but I didn’t finish where I wanted to finish. I set a personal record in every event and made big strides.”

Q: Look forward to this year, what improvements do you want?

“I’m looking to gain a better understanding in jumping. I was close to regionals last year so I’m trying to go to regionals this year and see what happens from there.”

“There is a big mental aspect to it (as well). It’s not the physical aspect that gets me down but the mental aspect. Getting down and frustrated, when you scratch or don’t do as well as you want to.”

“Biggest thing is having the confidence to do well and be more consistent. The focus in training in jumping has changed. We started jumping sooner last year three months sooner. Its much more technical, we do more reps and being able to get it second nature.”

Q: What have you noticed from jump training in fall, 2015?

“The general consistency is much higher than last year, which is definitely a confidence booster. In fall training, I jumped distances from short approach that I jumped in competition from full approach last year.”

Q: Thoughts on sprinting events?

“I’ll run 60 (meter) and maybe the 200M and those are explosive events. The faster you are, the further you can jump. Also, I get an opportunity to be in competitive situations more often.”

Q: How do you balance sprints and jumps focus in training?

“You need to have speed in both events, even jumping. If I get better at sprinting then I’ll automatically get better at jumping. If you’re faster on the runway and jump high, when you bring the speed through the jump and add some height, you fly through the pit. If you can jump high and run fast, then it is as simple as it sounds and makes it a lot easier.”

Q: Describe your experience over these past two years?

“It’s been a journey my first two years with different coaching changes. The biggest thing for me is to come in my junior year with a lot of confidence. Starting at such a high place, a lot of people may not have made it because most don’t switch events.”

“I thought hurdles was my thing coming into college and just having to jump. We had a coaching change last year and we didn’t have a coach for a couple of months and we still all PR’d. Biggest thing (for me) is battling through everything and still to be here.”


The Fighting Camels return to action this weekend in Winston Salem for the UNCG Spartan Challenge on Sunday, Jan. 24.

Catching Up With Campbell T/F: Khai McLin

Student-Athlete: Khai McLin

Event: (100m, 200m, relays)

Foundation: Freshman – Plantation, Fla.

Khai

Khai McLin joins the Fighting Camels after a prolific high school career, featuring with one of the top-25 200 meter sprint times in the United States as a senior in high school.

Entering his freshman season, McLin makes his collegiate debut January 9th at the Gene Anderson Invitational in Chapel Hill. Learn more about what McLin brings to the table on and off the track.

Q: Compare between HS and College?

“Training has been harder, including the warmup and workouts. The biggest thing is the warmup. In high school all I did was an 800 meter run and stretch. Now, the workouts have more reps and more sets. The longer distances have been harder for me. I usually ran short sprints in HS so it’s been tougher. I’m a natural athlete, so it’s been easier because I’m more competitive as an individual.”

Q: What records do you hope to break?

“6.83 is the school record for 60 meter dash, I’ve set a goal for myself of 6.63. That would also set the Big South conference record in the 60. The 200 meter records will be a real challenge. If I execute my race plan I think I’ll have an opportunity to break those two records. It’ll take a lot of hard work and staying focused and having competing everyday in practice. The whole team has given me a lot of competition to push me to become better. Having a defending champion (Tashinga Chitambira) and a school record holder (Stanley Hicks) in practice really motivates me.”

Q: Any specific meet that excites you?

“Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame (Feb. 5) is what I’m looking forward to because it’s one of the biggest invitationals on one of the fastest indoor track in the world. To see the best competitors there and when I get around elite level competition, It elevates my competitiveness; I like a lot of people watching us compete as well.”

“The Big South Conference meet as well. Since I’ve been here, my teammates and I have talked about it almost every day. The goal is to win the conference title. I saw the preseason poll has us picked second. That pushes me to want to be first and win the conference.”

Q: What’s your motivation for this season?

“I use the bigger schools as motivation, just because someone is at bigger school doesn’t make them any better, we train the same (level) and just as just as hard. I also watch videos on Trayvon Bromell as one of my role models. Watching how he perfects his start and his first 50 to 60 meters, getting out strong. Also his background story of how he broke both of his knees and he’s that strong now after two or three years of putting in work.”


Assistant coach Alan Quinn on Khai:

QUINN: “Khai has great range and can run the 100, 200 and 400 meter. He’s a very humble person, but he knows he has a lot of talent. He refuses to back down from any challenges given to him.”

“He’s probably had the smoothest transition from high school to collegiate track that I’ve experienced throughout my career. He has set some pretty high and very specific goals for himself as a freshman (for this season). With his work ethic, talent and enthusiasm, he’s definitely going to bring a level of excitement to every meet.”

Read More: Meet T/F Hurdler Lilla Juhasz 

Catching Up with Campbell T/F: Lilla Juhasz

Student-Athlete: Lilla Juhasz

Event: (Short Hurdles, Sprints)

Foundation: Junior – Rabapaty, Hungary

Lilja.JPG
 Photo Credit: Scarborough Photography (Campbell University)

Lilla Juhasz looks for continued improvement following a sophomore season featuring a first place finish in the 100 meter hurdles and third place in the 100 meter dash in the Big South Finals.

Juhasz qualified for the European Athletics U-23 Championships back in early July, setting the Hungarian national record (13.56 seconds) in the 100 meter hurdles finals. Her performance could lead to even more success down the road, including a possible berth to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Here’s more from Juhasz on her expectations for 2016 and what Campbell fans should expect from the acclaimed junior hurdler.

Q: Setting record for U23 Hungary hurdles?

“It made me so happy, I wasn’t really expecting to do this well. It gives me more experience and confidence for this year. First, I’m learning to focus on myself, not who is running next to me. Obviously running with the top hurdlers really excites me and it makes motivates me and brings out the best in me as a competitor.”

Q: Potential of having a longer season after Campbell this year, with the Olympics in 2016?

“It makes me realize its going to be a lot of work and I’ll need to be at my absolute best in training and competition.”

“It’s definitely a huge challenge to face all of those expectations but, I welcome the opportunity and I’m happy that so many believe I can realize that goal. First, I want to go to European championships and do well there in July. From there my coach and I will decide what the next step in my process will be.”

Q: Expectations for 2016 and beyond?

“First, I want us to win the Big South team championship!”

“I want to win the 60 meters, 60 hurdles indoors, set a new PR, go to indoor nationals, and qualify for the Indoor World Championships as well. For outdoor, I want to win the 100 hurdles and the 100 meters and get as many points as I can for my team.”

“Biggest help is that I have a training partner, Tatiana Wolfe. It helps me to run with someone so talented. Last year I did the workouts alone and we would compete in a few training sessions, which really helped me to get better. This year practices are harder, more competitive and more focused on the goals that I have set for myself.”

Assistant coach Alan Quinn on Juhasz:

“This year Lilla set the bar very high for herself. She wants to conclude her season in Rio. When we talked about her goals, we really broke them down and then we began to formulate the process for her to pursue and achieve her goals. We talked about it early on so now she can just focus on the day by day process of getting better. I know it cliché but, we focus on one step at the time. It’s a long season and we’re taking it day by day and letting her enjoy her process. We have a very special young lady and it’s a blessing for me to have the opportunity to work with her everyday.”


For more on Campbell Track and Field, including more previews and updates on the squad, make sure to follow @GoCamelsRun and keep up with our latest series throughout the season.