CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – After last weekend’s home opener was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, the University of North Carolina track and field program will begin the 2017 indoor season with the fourth annual Dick Taylor Carolina Cup on Friday at the Eddie Smith Field House. This will be a unique track and field meet, as it will be a complete team meet with each event scoring points.
In 2016, the men captured the team championship with 60 points, while the women took first place with a total of 47 points. This was the first time that both the men and women’s team captured the team championship in the three seasons that the meet has been held.
“We are really looking forward to it,” said head coach Harlis Meaders. “It’s a great way to start the season with some friendly competition. It should be fun.”
Meaders continued, “We’re excited to see a lot of our freshmen. This will be their first time in the Carolina uniform. It will be nice to see some different faces compete and make their college debuts.”
Almost 50 athletes will participate for the Tar Heels, with 14 making their collegiate debut on Friday. Duke, NC State and East Carolina will also vie for the Carolina Cup championship trophies alongside athletes from North Carolina.
The meet will feature 16 different events that will take place throughout the evening hours. It is slated to begin with the men’s pole vault at 4 p.m. The full schedule of events is available here.
Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend and see the Tar Heels kick off the 2017 indoor season.
Live stats for the Dick Taylor Carolina Cup will be available here.
“The meet traditionally has been fairly close on the men’s side. ECU won in year won and we won in year two and three. On the women’s side, Duke won in years one and two and we were able to win in year three,” said Meaders.
On Saturday morning, seven Tar Heel student-athletes will return to the track for the Art and Linda Maillet UNC Open. The meet will begin with the women’s weight throw at 9 a.m. and conclude with the 4x400m relays at 4:55 a.m. The schedule of events can be accessed here. Live stats of results are available here.
Athletes from 17 different colleges and university in North Carolina and Virginia and five different track and field clubs will also participate on Saturday. Additionally, a number of unattached athletes will also be in attendance at the Eddie Smith Field House.
For live results of both meets as they happen, make sure to follow @unctrack_field on Twitter. A recap of performances and results will be posted on GoHeels.com after the conclusion of each meet.
“These kids have been training all fall and now they finally get a chance to suit up and compete,” said Meaders.