NEW ORELEANS - Two Tar Heels were named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) First-Team All-American list on Monday. In addition, two more were named to the USTFCCCA Second Team All-American list.
RJ Alowonle earned First-Team All-America honors for placing fifth in the men's 400-meter hurdles. Alowonle ran 51.06 in the finals and earned four team points for the men's team.
Xenia Rahn earned First-Team All-America honors for finishing eighth in the women's heptathlon. Rahn totaled 5,558 points, 20 shy of the school record, en route to a new personal record and earning one point for the women's team.
Javonte Lipsey and Isaac Presson were on the Second-Team All-America list. Lipsey earned his spot by finishing 10th in the semifinal round of the 400-meter hurdles. He ran 50.80 but was two spots out of making the final. Presson finished 13th in the men's 5,000 final with a time of 13:55.55, only three seconds behind his career best.
Devon Carter, Ceo Ways, Alowonle and Lipsey earned honorable mentions for their 18th-place finish in the men's 4x400 relay. Lizzy Whelan and Sarah Howard were honorable mentions as well in the women's 1,500 and shot put respectively. Whelan finished in 17th and Howard finished 18th.
First-Team All-America honors were awarded to those who finished among the top eight in an individual or relay event as part of a team; Second-Team All-America honors went to those who finished between ninth and 16th; and Honorable Mention honors were given to the remaining finishers.