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Three T&F Stars Named NCHSAA Top 100
Release: 09/18/2013

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Three former UNC track and field stand-outs have been named to the N.C. High School Athletic Association "100 To Remember" series. Jim Beatty, DeAnne Davis, and Karen Godlock were all named for their high school accomplishments and recognized for their collegiate and post-collegiate athletic achievements.

The lists of "100 To Remember: Male Athletes" and "100 To Remember: Female Athletes" highlights one hundred of the top male and female athletes in NCHSAA history.  A special committee, including school administrators and coaches from across the state as well as sports media, put together the list in a series of meetings.

Beatty, a native of Charlotte, N.C., attended Myers Park before tying his laces as a Tar Heel from 1954-57. He was the first man in history to run a four-minute mile indoors, clocking 3:58.9 in Los Angeles in 1962. He was an 11-time ACC Champion while at Carolina and a two-time All-America national runner-up. Beatty competed at the 1960 Olympics in Rome in the 5,000 meters. He is a member of the USA National Track and Field Hall of Fame as well as the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

Davis was a three-time All-America triple jumper at Carolina, twice in her indoor career and once in outdoor. During her 1997-2000 career as a Tar Heel, Davis won three ACC championships in the triple jump, 60-meter hurdles, and 400-meter hurdles.

Godlock was Carolina's first ACC champion in women's cross country, taking the title three consecutive seasons from 1994-96. She also claimed two conference titles in the outdoor 1,500. She was a three-time NCAA qualifier earning two All-America honors for her participation in the indoor distance medley relay.

Current Carolina football assistant coach Randy Jordan was also honored for his football and track career. Jordan played football at UNC but also ran indoor track in 1993 earning All-America honors for his fourth-place finish in the 55 meters.

A total 45 Tar Heels made the lists, including 29 men and 16 women.

Below are the NCHSAAA "100 To Remember" biographies of the track and field Tar Heel honorees:

Jim Beatty, Myers Park

Native of Charlotte who became first man in history to run a four-minute mile indoors, going 3:58.9 in Los Angeles in 1962...outstanding athlete at University of North Carolina who became one of the world's top distance runners...once held world record in two-mile...winner of 1962 Sullivan Award which goes to the nation's top amateur athlete...member of USA National Track and Field Hall of Fame and inducted into North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1963.

DeAnne Davis, Cummings

Phenomenal high school competitor that excelled in both indoor and outdoor track...competed in various track and field events during her four-year high school career...at NCHSAA outdoor state championships she won the 100 meter hurdles four times, 300 hurdles four times, triple jump four times, long jump twice, and was a member of two Cummings relay state champions...she was the high school national champion in the triple jump three times and still holds state's all time best in the triple jump (42 ft. 6 in.)...member of three outdoor state championship teams and one indoor state championship team in addition to achieving two indoor national championships and one outdoor national triple jump championship.

Karen Godlock, Polk County

Track and field and cross-country star at Polk County in the early 1990's... was continually ranked nationally in both cross country and indoor/outdoor track...she was the first cross-country runner to win three consecutive NCHSAA state championships...established both school and state records in the 800 meter, one mile and the two mile...racked up an amazing 17 state championships, including nine outdoor, five indoor and three cross country championships...1997 graduate of UNC and who is now head coach at Barton College for both men's and women's track and field as well as cross-country, after assisting at Winston-Salem State.

Randy Jordan, Warren County

Tremendous football player and record-setting track star at Warren County, whose NCHSAA 2A 200 meter dash mark has stood for over 25 years...held 100 meter mark for years and won six outdoor state titles...went on to play football at University of North Carolina and then enjoyed nine-year career in National Football League with Raiders and Jaguars...great special teams player...scored Jacksonville's first NFL TD ever in 1995...after retirement as active player went into coaching...has had college stints at Nebraska and Texas A&M and currently coaches running backs at his alma mater, UNC.


 


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