CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The 2014 track and field season has concluded and the Tar Heels finished a great year for the program with each team being represented in the NCAA Championships for the indoor and outdoor season. Below is a list of highlights, team accomplishments and individual honors.
January 17 - The First Meet: UNC opened up the indoor season with 13 first-place finishes and Tristine Johnson opened up with a top collegiate mark in the triple jump. AJ Hicks through a personal best 63-9 ¼ (19.44 meters) in the weight throw, Devon Carter set a personal record in the 60-meter hurdle at 7.88 and Sarah Howard through a PR in the shot put at 54-4 ½ (16.57 meters). All of those times and marks ranked in the top five in school history.
February 1 - Camel City Elite Races: Four of the five Tar Heels who competed in the Elite Races finished as the top collegian in the field. Isaac Presson ran a 3:59.23 converted mile time. Annie LeHardy, Presson and Elizabeth Whelan set qualifying times.
February 22 - Dennis Craddock Invitational and Alex Wilson Invitational: The team was split at two separate meets but that didn't stop the team from posting remarkable times and marks. At the Dennis Craddock Invitational, the team honored the Hall of Fame coach with a tribute and plaque presented by Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham. Sean Sutton and Ceo Ways set personal bests in the 400 and 200 respectively while the men's 4x400 team finished with UNC's second-best time in school history.
February 27-March 1 - ACC Indoor Championships: The men's team ended the meet in second place with 89 points while the women's team finished in seventh with 49 points. AJ Hicks was the man of the meet. He threw a career best 67-5 ¼ (20.55 meters) in the weight throw for first place and a lifetime best 57-1 ½ (17.41 meters) in the shot put for fourth place. Overall Hicks earned the men's team 14 points and was named the Field Event MVP. Isaac Presson and Annie LeHardy both claimed first in the 3,000. Presson ran 8:15.20 and LeHardy ran 9:20.03.
March 10 - Meaders earns Coach of the Year: The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association members voted head coach Harlis Meaders as the Division I Men's Southeast Region Coach of the Year.
March 15-16 - NCAA Indoor Championships: The men's 4x400 team earned All-America honors for placing fifth at the national indoor meet with a time of 3:06.49, the school's second-best time in history. RJ Alowonle, Sean Sutton, Javonte Lipsey and Ceo Ways made up the four man squad.
March 27 - Texas Relays: Xenia Rahn came within 55 points of the school record in the heptathlon. Emily Godwin had a PR in the heptathlon and Avana Story improved her collegiate PR in the hammer throw by more than 13 feet.
April 17-19 - ACC Outdoor Championships: The men's team finished in second place again, but it came down to the last event in the entire meet: the 4x400. Being down seven points to Florida State, the Tar Heels needed to win the event to have a chance at winning the title. The team of RJ Alowonle, Ceo Ways, Javonte Lipsey and Kwame Donyinah gave all they had and took first in a photo finish, beating second-place Pittsburgh by 0.05 seconds. FSU finished third and won the conference title with a score of 113 compared to UNC's 110. It was the best finish by the men's team since 1999. The men's team earned 87 of the 110 points on the final day of competition. RJ Alowonle repeated as the men's 400-meter hurdle champion with a PR of 50.23. Roy Smith set two personal records in the 400 hurdles and 110 hurdles. Houston Summers had an inspiring comeback in the men's javelin throw to take second in the event. Xenia Rahn led the women with a second-place finish in the women's heptathlon and the team finished with 55 points for eighth place.
May 29-31 - NCAA East Preliminary Round: The Tar Heels finished the preliminary round with eight members qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Lizzy Whelan, RJ Alowonle, Javonte Lipsey, Sarah Howard, Isaac Presson and Xenia Rahn along with the men's 4x400 team qualified by placing 12 or better in their event. Alowonle headlined the eight members by placing first in his heat with a new PR at 50.11 in the 400-meter hurdles.
June 11-14 - NCAA Outdoor Championships: RJ Alowonle and Xenia Rahn both earned All-America honors. Alowonle took fifth in the 400-hurdles while Xenia Rahn finished eighth in the heptathlon and came within 20 points of breaking the school record.
June 17 - Men's Program Ranks 13th in Nation: The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ranked the Tar Heels men's track and field and cross country program as the 13th best in the nation.
June 26 - U.S. Track and Field Junior Trials: Emily Godwin took third place at the meet in the heptathlon and finished with a new PR of 5,304.
USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees: Houston Summers, RJ Alowonle, Ryan Ramsey, Isaac Presson, Mattie Blue, Emily Godwin, Cameron Overstreet, Sarah Howard, Cori Floyd, Tory Kemp, Lianne Farber, Annie LeHardy, Caroline Brailsford, Karley Rempel, Keyasia Tibbs, and the women's team earned the team All-Academic honor.
All-ACC Academic Team (Indoor Season): RJ Alowonle, Joe Hutchinson, Isaac Presson, Ryan Ramsey, Mattie Blue, Cori Floyd, Emily Godwin, Sarah Howard, Annie LeHardy, Cameron Overstreet, Karley Rempel and Lizzy Whelan.
All-ACC Academic Team (Outdoor Season): RJ Alowonle, Joe Hutchinson, Isaac Presson, Ryan Ramsey, Houston Summers, Austin Vegas, Emily Godwin, Sarah Howard, Annie LeHardy, Cameron Overstreet and Lizzy Whelan.
Priority in the Classroom: 49 members of the track and field teams recorded a 3.0 GPA or higher for the spring semester and 45 members have a 3.0 GPA or higher for their collegiate careers.
TOP-FIVE MARKS/TIMES IN SCHOOL HISTORY SET THIS YEAR
- 200 - Ceo Ways, 21.26 (4th)
- 400 - Sean Sutton, 46.81 (4th)
- 60-meter Hurdles - Devon Carter and Roy Smith, 7.87 (T3)
- 4x400 - Alowonle, Sutton, Lipsey and Ways, 3:06.49 (2nd)
- DMR - Driggs, Wanliss, Sutton and Presson, 9:43.65 (3rd)
- DMR - Driggs, Ways, Wanliss and Presson, 9:50.19 (5th)
- Weight Throw - AJ Hicks, 67-5 ½ (4th)
- Heptathlon - Ryan Ramsey, 5,307 (4th)
- Mile - Lizzy Whelan, 4:38.41 (5th)
- 3,000 - Annie LeHardy, 9:16.56 (4th)
- Shot Put - Sarah Howard, 55-8 ½ (2nd)
- Pentathlon - Emily Godwin, 3,898 (2nd)
- Pole Vault - Caroline Brailsford, 13-0 ¾ (5th)
- 200 - Ceo Ways, 20.53 (2nd)
- 400 - Ceo Ways, 45.93 (5th)
- 5,000 - Isaac Presson, 13:52.93 (4th)
- 5,000 - Pat Schellberg, 13:55.77 (5th)
- 110-meter Hurdles - Roy Smith, 13.94 (5th)
- 400-meter Hurdles - RJ Alowonle, 50.11 (3rd)
- 400-meter Hurdles - Javonte Lipsey, 50.65 (4th)
- 4x400 - Alowonle, Donyinah, Lipsey and Ways, 3:04.80 (3rd)
- Pole Vault - Cameron Overstreet, 13-8 ½ (2nd)
- Pole Vault - Caroline Brailsford, 13-4 ½ (3rd)
- Pole Vault - Amanda Benninghoff, 13-0 ¾ (5th)
- Hammer Throw - Avana Story, 192-9 (4th)
- Heptathlon - Xenia Rahn, 5,558 (2nd)
- Heptathlon - Tory Kemp, 5,366 (3rd)
PERSONAL RECORDS SET THIS YEAR
Kayla Adama: Discus - 143-1 ¼ (43.62 meters)
RJ Alowonle: 400 hurdles - 50.11
Caleigh Bachop: Mile - 5:12.55
Amanda Benninghoff: Pole Vault - 13-0 ¾ (3.98 meters)
Mattie Blue: 1,500 - 4:30.02 • Mile - 5:02.97
Caroline Brailsford: Pole Vault - 13-4 ½ (4.08 meters)
Malia Cali: 3,000 - 10:04.97
Devon Carter: 60 hurdles - 7.87 • 110 hurdles - 13.91
Mark Derrick: 3,000 - 8:33.45
Chris DiLorenzo: Shot put - 57-9 ½ (17.61 meters)
Maurice Dix: 400 hurdles - 54.19
Kwame Donyinah: 200 - 21.93 • 400 - 46.84
Kendra Douglass: 200 - 25.34
Jack Driggs: 3,000 - 8:25.16
Nate Fisher: 800 - 1:52.34
Cori Floyd: 200 - 26.07 • 400 hurdles - 59.70
Emily Godwin: Pentathlon - 3,898 • Heptathlon - 5,304
Paul Haley: Decathlon - 6,775
AJ Hicks: Shot Put - 57-1 ½ (17.41 meters) • Weight Throw - 67-5 ¼ (20.55 meters)
Sarah Howard: Shot Put - 55-8 ½ (16.98 meters) • Discus - 149-3 (45.50 meters)
Mike Jacobs: 3,000 - 8:26.12
Tristine Johnson: Long Jump - 19-9 ¾ (6.04 meters) • Triple Jump - 42-3 ½ (12.89 meters)
Tory Kemp: Heptathlon - 5,366
Annie LeHardy: 1,500 - 4:21.03 • Mile - 4:38.67 • 3,000 - 9:16.56 • 5,000 - 16:06.83
Javonte Lipsey: 400 hurdles - 50.65
Chris Madaffari: 3,000 - 8:49.89
Mitchell McLeod: Mile - 4:22.79 • 3,000 - 8:36.65 • 5,000 - 14:42.66 • 10,000 - 30:53.57
Ashley Miess: 3,000 - 10:15.16
Richard Miller: 1,500 - 3:49.17
Scott Morgan: 10,000 - 29:54.99
Phillip Morris: High Jump - 6-10 ¼ (2.09 meters)
Stephen Mulherin: Mile - 4:16.24 • 3,000 - 8:35.09 • 5,000 - 14:42.86
Dan Mykityshyn: 3,000 Steeplechase - 9:01.07
Cory Nicholls: 800 - 1:49.15
Bryan Noreen: Mile - 4:22.81 • 3,000 - 8:47.97 • 5,000 - 15:00.06
Caroline O'Hea: 3,000 Steeplechase - 11:02.65
Javianne Oliver: 60 - 7.56
Cameron Overstreet: Pole Vault - 13-8 ½ (4.18 meters)
Dontrevious Ousley: Hammer - 169-0 (51.51 meters)
Isaac Presson: 5,000 - 13:52.93
Xenia Rahn: Heptathlon - 5,558
Ryan Ramsey: Heptathlon - 5,307 • Decathlon - 6,809
Chris Reeder: 800 - 1:53.83 • 1,500 - 3:52.99 • Mile - 4:29.61
Karley Rempel: 1,500 - 4:21.95 • 3,000 - 9:51.29
Joe Sansone: Mile - 4:11.50 • 3,000 - 8:18.74 • 5,000 - 14:24.05
Pat Schellberg: 5,000 - 13:55.77
Roy Smith: 60 hurdles - 7.87 • 110 hurdles - 13.94 • 400 hurdles - 51.90
Avana Story: Weight Throw - 60-10 ¾ (18.56 meters)
Sean Sutton: 400 - 46.81
Matt Valeriani: 3,000 - 8:21.02
Austin Vegas: Pole Vault - 16-6 ¾ (5.05 meters)
Ryan Walling: Mile - 4:13.77 • 5,000 - 14:05.94
Ceo Ways: 60 - 6.89 • 200 - 20.53 • 400 - 45.93
Lizzy Whelan: 1,500: 4:15.20 • Mile - 4:38.41