RALEIGH, N.C. - The University of North Carolina track and field teams finished the 2013 ACC Outdoor Championships on Saturday with nine additional All-ACC honors and three championships from two individuals and one relay. The Tar Heel men finished fourth with 113 points and the women placed sixth with 66 points with Carolina earning 14 All-ACC honors total.
"Day three of the ACCs showed our kids doing a fantastic job," said head coach Harlis Meaders, "We went into the day in very good position. We knew the other teams would come on strong and our goal was to hold our ground and finish high. Across the board our kids did a fantastic job: a season-best for the 4x4 title, the 400 hurdles going one-two was outstanding, Lianne's win in the 1,500, the short-distance hurdlers in Devon and Jasmine scoring vital points for our teams, Avana and AJ in the hammer, those were all crucial points for us.
"The men finished in fourth by one point and the women in 6th but 10 points separated fourth, fifth, and sixth - it was just that competitive of a competition," added Coach Meaders, "I'm really proud of our kids. I thought they fought well and everybody rose to the occasion. It's just at tough conference. We'll continue to get better in the championship season as we get closer to NCAAs and send our camp to regionals."
Alowonle and Radlin also won All-ACC honors for their one-two finishes in the men's 400-meter hurdles. Alowonle took home his first individual ACC gold with his PR 51.55, breaking yesterday's qualifying mark buy .01 seconds. Radlin, who was the ACC champion in the event in 2011, placed second in 51.68. Carolina men's track and field have won the last three 400 hurdles championships as Javonte Lipsey won in 2012; the only other schools to conquer three or more consecutive championships in the event are Georgia Tech (1985-92 and 1996-98) and Florida State (2001-03).
Lianne Farber won her second ACC Championship, taking first place in the women's 1,500 in a new personal best 4:19.86. Annie LeHardy followed Farber in All-ACC honors as she placed third in the 1,500 with a new PR 4:23.40. Farber also scored in the 5,000 as she finished sixth in 16:10.97.
Isaac Presson also brought home All-ACC honors in the 1,500 for the men with his 3:45.18 mark.
O'Neal Wanliss took fourth in the men's 800 final as he ran 1:49.79.
Cori Floyd placed seventh in the women's 400 hurdles, clocking in at 1:01.69.
Jasmine Wilson finished sixth in the women's 100-meter hurdles to score for Carolina with her time of 14.31.
Devon Carter placed fifth in the men's 110-meter hurdles as he cleared the flight in 14.36.
Parros and Sutton also scored points for the Tar Heel men in the 400 final, with Parros placing sixth in 47.50 and Sutton seventh in 47.73.
Chadd Pierce and Ryan Ramsey competed in the men's pole vault, tying for seventh to combine for three points for Carolina as they each cleared 4-11 (4.55 meters). Pierce and Ramsey had each competed in Thursday and Friday's decathlon, with Ramsey winning All-ACC honors for his second-place finish in the multis event.
Avana Story brought home points for her fourth-place finish in the women's hammer as she threw 179-10 (54.82 meters).
AJ Hicks placed eighth in the men's hammer with a throw of 161-5 (49.21 meters).
"Fourteen student-athletes made All-ACC and seven finished in fourth place just off of those conference honors," said Coach Meaders, "That shows how much the team has grown and how well we're competing at championships and when it counts. And a lot of those kids who finished in third or fourth this weekend are young and many are freshman. That's a great sign for our program and what is on the horizon for Carolina track and field.
"I want to thank everyone in our program for all of their hard work and preparation for this weekend," added Coach Meaders, "I think the assistant coaches did a fantastic job preparing the kids. Coach [Josh] Langley with the multis coming back in the vault today, Coach [Mark] VanAlstyne and Coach [Angela] Reckart with the distance have been solid performances for us all year, Coach [Steve] Rubin in short sprints and hurdles as his group performed really well today including the relay, Coach [Nicole] Hudson for everything she has done for us this season, and our director of operations Jessica Morgenthal for making sure we have everything we need when we need it. We have a great staff, we'll continue to gel as a whole and I'm really excited for what is happening and will happen in Carolina track and field."
The Tar Heels will next compete at the historic Penn Relays April 25th through 27th.
CAROLINA's 14 ALL-ACC HONOREES
Joe Hutchinson - 1st, Decathlon
Lianne Farber - 1st, 1,500
RJ Alowonle - 1st, 400 Hurdles; 1st, Men's 4x400
Reynaldo Radlin - 1st, Men's 4x400; 2nd, 400 Hurdles
Sean Sutton - 1st, Men's 4x400
Clayton Parros - 1st, Men's 4x400
Cameron Overstreet - 2nd, Pole Vault
Tory Kemp - 2nd, Heptathlon
Ryan Ramsey - 2nd, Decathlon
Jacinda Evans - 2nd, Long Jump
Isaac Presson - 2nd, 1,500
Paul Haley - 3rd, Decathlon
Chrishawn Williams - 3rd, Long Jump
Annie LeHardy - 3rd, 1,500