Upstate Returns to UNC Charlotte for this Weekend’s Charlotte Invitational

Upstate Returns to UNC Charlotte for this Weekend’s Charlotte Invitational

Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate track and field team will be making its second trip to UNC Charlotte this weekend for the Charlotte Invitational  hosted by the 49ers from the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center.

The two-day event begins Friday at 2 p.m. with the women's heptathlon and concludes with the men's 3000-meter steeplechase at 8:30 p.m. The continuation of the men's decathlon opens action at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and goes until 4:50 p.m. with the women's 4x400-meter relay.

Upstate took part in the 49er Classic Mar. 20-22 where KeAndrea Ladson and Alexis Jacobs both set new school records in their respective event. Ladson broke the school record in the 100-meter hurdles and Jacobs became the new record holder in the discus throw. Brenicke Johnson also qualified for the finals of the 100-meter dash, where she finished fifth.

The Spartans set six school records last Thursday at the Carolina's Cup in Rock Hill, while one school record was tied and 14 personal-bests were attained. Upstate was led by Destinie Sykes as she broke two school records in the triple jump and 400-meter hurdles.  Ashley Edmond would break her old school record in the 400-meter dash and Jasmine Polite became the new record holder in the 3000-meter run. Kyle Jones broke the school record in the 400-meter hurdles and Ross Oden the 3000-meter run.

Sykes and Edmond were honored for their performances at the Carolina's Cup as they swept the A-Sun Outdoor Track and Field weekly awards on Wednesday for the first time in their careers. Sykes was named the A-Sun Women's Field Performer of the Week while Edmond received A-Sun Women's Track Performer of the Week honors.

Following this weekend, the Spartans will take the next month off from competition before heading to Jacksonville, Fla. for the 2014 A-Sun Outdoor Championships May 16-17.

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