CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina track and field programs are proud to announce eight additions to the track and field team, including five freshmen and three transfers who will join 11 newcomers previously announced in February.
Daniel Belk, Caroline Brailsford, Charity Lackey, Gustell Preston, Elizabeth Woodward and Rayna Yvars will join the Tar Heels as freshmen with state championship experience and multiple honors, while Kendra Douglas, Xenia Rahn, and Austin Vegas come to Carolina as transfers with NCAA and conference championship experience.
Biographies of the new Tar Heels are below:
Daniel Belk • Sprints
Colorado Springs, Colo. • Cheyenne Mountain High School
Daniel Belk joins UNC track and field as a freshman after only competing for his senior high school season. He placed fifth at the Colorado state championships in the 400 meters and will add depth to the men's sprints corps.
Caroline Brailsford • Pole Vault
Roanoke, Va. • Patrick Henry High School
Caroline Brailsford was the 2013 Virginia state champion in the pole vault and owns a personal best clearance of 12-3. She won the Wendy's High School Heisman for the state of Virginia and was named the Roanoke Times Timesland Athlete of the Year. Brailsford was also a competitive volleyball player, earning first-team All-AAA honors and was named the NW Region Player of the Year.
Kendra Douglas • Sprints/Jumps
Raleigh, N.C. • Western Carolina, Southeast Raleigh High School
Kendra Douglas is a sophomore transfer from Western Carolina where she won a Southern Conference Championship in the 400 meters. As a product of Southeast Raleigh, Douglas has experience in the sprints and jumps.
Charity Lackey • Sprints
Raleigh, N.C. • Southeast Raleigh High School
Charity Lackey was a member of the 2013 North Carolina State Championship team as a senior at Southeast Raleigh. She placed fourth at the 2013 Indoor State Championships in the 1,000 meters.
Gustell Preston • High Jump
Winston-Salem, N.C. • Mount Tabor High School
Gustell Preston joins the Tar Heels as the reigning North Carolina 4A State Champion in the high jump.
Xenia Rahn • Multis
Hamburg, Germany • Memphis, Friedrich-Ebert Gymnasium
Xenia Rahn will compete as a junior after transferring from the University of Memphis, where she was an NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships qualifier. She earned Honorable Mention All-America honors and owns PRs of 5,463 points in the heptathlon and 4,191 points in the pentathlon. Rahn also has personal bests of 5-11 ¼ in the high jump and 19-8 ½ in the long jump. Rahn has competed in her homeland's German Championships, winning the heptathlon in 2010 and the pentathlon in 2011.
Alex Vegas • Pole Vault
Kernersville, N.C. • William & Mary, East Forsyth High School
Austin Vegas joins the Tar Heels as a sophomore transfer from William & Mary. He is an NCAA first round qualifier in the pole vault and holds a personal record of 16-5 ¼. As a North Carolina high school student-athlete, Vegas was the 2011 and 2012 4A state champion in the indoor pole vault. He was also named the Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year by the Greensboro News & Record in 2011.
Elizabeth Woodward • High Jump
Belleview, Florida • Belleview High School
Elizabeth Woodward comes to Carolina as the Florida state runner-up in the high jump.
Rayna Yvars • Pole Vault
Cary, N.C. • Green Hope High School
Rayna Yvars comes to UNC as the two-time North Carolina 4A state runner-up for the indoor pole vault for 2012 and 2013. She owns a personal best of 12-0.