EUGENE, ORE., - The University of North Carolina track and field program concluded the 2014 outdoor season today at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The men's team finished with four points while the women's team finished with one point.
"It has been a year of significant growth for our program," North Carolina head coach Harlis Meaders said. "I am grateful for the sacrifices and hard work that our kids have put into pushing our program forward. During the 2013-2014 season the University of North Carolina was represented at every NCAA Championship for both men and women in Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track.
"My assistants have dedicated themselves to the University and to our vision of being one of the top programs in the country. Our growth this year is a reflection of the dedication that [assistant coaches Mark] VanAlstyne, [Nicole] Hudson, [Josh] Langley, [Steve] Rubin and [Angela] Reckart have given.
"Our essential staff of volunteer coaches, athletic trainers, director of operations, academic support, strength and condition, sports information director and other contributions cannot be overlooked. It truly has been a team effort to become a 'Better Blue,' and even though the season has concluded, the journey continues."
This is the first time that the men's and women's team both scored at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships since 2011. RJ Alowonle placed fifth in the men's 400-meter hurdles to earn four points for the men and Xenia Rahn took eighth in the women's heptathlon to earn one point for the women. The men's team ended the competition tied for 55th and the women ended tied for 59th.
Sarah Howard was the last competitor for the Tar Heels and she threw 51-4 ½ (15.65 meters) today to place 18th in the field of the women's shot put.
"Although Sarah's season ended on a disappointing note, she has had a great season, and I am very proud of her growth and accomplishments," Meaders said.
The collegiate season is over for the track and field teams, but some of the Tar Heels may have a chance to compete in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on June 26. Goheels.com will have coverage of any Carolina student-athletes competing at the meet.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS
RJ Alowonle - 400-meter hurdles (5th), 4x400 relay team (18th)
Xenia Rahn - Heptathlon (8th)
Javonte Lipsey - 400-meter hurdles (10th), 4x400 relay team (18th)
Isaac Presson - 5,000 (13th)
Lizzy Whelan - 1,500 (17th)
Sarah Howard - Shot Put (18th)
Devon Carter - 4x400 relay team (18th)
Ceo Ways - 4x400 relay team (18th)