DES MOINES, Iowa - Current and former Tar Heels are competing at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships this week, including one in the USA Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships.
Rising sophomore Avana Story placed second in the junior women's hammer throw to secure a spot on the junior national team. She threw 187-4 (57.11 meters) on her fourth attempt and is the longest of her career. Story qualified for the NCAA first round as a freshman and scored at the ACC Championships for the Tar Heels.
Rising sophomore Tory Kemp finished her events in the junior hepthatlon on Thursday as she collected 4,959 points to finish eighth. She was the second-best collegian in the USA Junior Championships for the event. Her marks included: 14.21 in the 100 hurdles, 5-5 1/4 (1.66 meters) in the high jump, 35-10 1/2 (10.93 meters) in the shot put, 25.90 in the 200, 17-3 (5.27 meters) in the long jump, 95-10 (29.22 meters) in the javelin, and 2:28.59 in the 800. Kemp earned All-ACC honors in both the pentathlon and the heptathlon and was an NCAA first round qualifier in the high jump as a freshman.
Rising senior Lianne Farber was the 12th-best collegian in the women's senior 1,500 as she finished in 4:22.45 to place 27th overall. Farber was an NCAA Championships qualifier in the 1,500 and a two-time ACC Champion as a junior during the 2013 indoor and outdoor seasons.
Rising senior Isaac Presson raced to the sixth-best collegiate time and 21st overall in the men's senior 1,500 as he ran 3:46.34. Presson qualified for the NCAA first round in the 1,500 and was a two-time All-ACC honoree for the 2013 seasons.
Tar Heel alum Clayton Parros competed in the men's senior 400, racing 46.38 to place 18th. Parros, a 2013 graduate, most recently competed for Carolina at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships.
Shalane Flanagan, a 2004 graduate and one of Carolina's Olympic medalists, won the senior women's 10,000 meters in 31:43.20. Flanagan is also slated to competed in the senior women's 5,000 on Sunday with former Tar Heel Brie Felnagle.
The USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships continue through Sunday.