Godwin off to fast start at UNC

TENNERTON – Former Buckhannon-Upshur High School track standout Emily Godwin had a strong showing after the first day of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays being held at Austin, Texas.

The Texas Relays is one of the most prestigious outdoor events in the nation each year. The meet features 232 collegiate teams and 156 invitational athletes.

Godwin, a freshman, is one of five athletes participating for the University of North Carolina.

She is competing in the women’s heptathlon and took part in four events on Wednesday – placing 21st in the 100-meter hurdles, tying for second in the high jump with a leap of 5-8 3/4, finishing 19th in the shot put and turning in a time of 25.99 in the 200-meter dash to place

Godwin is currently 14th in the overall standings with 3,064 points.

“For Emily (the Texas Relays) is another opportunity,” UNC assistant coach Josh Langley said. “She competed indoors, so she should have confidence based off that.

“This is going to be the biggest level of competition she’s seen in her career. It’s an opportunity for her to get a taste of the really big time in the multi-event.

“The defending national champion is in the field and several All-Americas.”

Godwin’s teammate, Xenia Rahn, is in eighth place.

“I thought Emily and Xenia competed well today,” Langley said. “They did an outstanding job of handling some very strong winds in the high jump and stayed composed. After day one they are right where we projected them to be and they are taking advantage of the opportunity. We just have to approach day two the same way.”

Godwin and Rahn will compete in the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run today.

During her prep career at B-U, Godwin collected nine state titles and set state records in the high jump and 300 hurdles. She helped the Bucs win three state championships during her career.