EUGENE, Ore. - The University of North Carolina track and field program will be represented by five Tar Heels at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships Wednesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 8.
Clayton Parros, Lianne Farber, Cameron Overstreet, Tristine Johnson, and Briana Hudson qualified for the NCAA Championships based on their performances at the NCAA East Preliminary Round May 23-25 in Greensboro, N.C.
Parros earned a personal record of 45.73 in the 400 in the first round of the NCAA East to move into the quarterfinal. In the quarterfinal, Parros raced 46.60 to win his heat and automatically qualify for the semifinal at the championships. He has been to four straight NCAA National Championships, either for his individual performance in the 400 or with the 4x400 relay. Parros earned All-America honors for his seventh-place finish in the 400 as a freshman in 2010. He also anchored the 4x400 relay in 2012 that earned second-team honors. Parros anchored the ACC Outdoor Champion 4x400 relay and earned additional All-ACC honors for his indoor 400 and contributions to the indoor second-place 4x400 relay.
The men's 400 semifinal will take place at 8:15 p.m. EST on Wednesday with the final slated for Friday at 6:05 p.m. EST.
Farber smashed her personal record in the 1,500 at the last chance Virginia Challenge, finishing in 4:14.56 to secure her qualification for the NCAA first round in Greensboro, N.C. That PR time ranks fourth all-time in the UNC record books. At the NCAA East, She qualified for the quarterfinal with her 4:19.59 first round race and then finished in 4:16.67 in the quarterfinal to earn her bid to the semifinal at the national championships. Farber earned her first All-America honor during the 2012 cross country season as she finished 40th at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships. She is the 2013 ACC Champion in the 1,500, earning All-ACC honors for the ACC Outdoor Championships. Farber also championed the indoor mile for conference honors in 2013. Farber has been ranked nationally in the 1,500 all season in addition to her national ranking in the 800 and the 5,000. Also an outstanding student in the classroom, Farber has garnered All-ACC Academic honors for the cross country and indoor seasons in addition to being recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association as an Academic All-America for the cross country season.
The women's 1,500 semifinal will start at 7:30 p.m. EST on Thursday with the final taking place on Saturday at 5:19 p.m. EST.
Overstreet advanced to the NCAA National Championships in a jump off, clearing 12-1 ½ (3.95 meters) to claim an official clearance of 13-1 ½ (4.00 meters) heading into the final. She set an outdoor personal best at the ACC Championships, clearing 13-5 ¼ (4.10 meters) and ranks second all-time in the UNC record books with the mark. Overstreet earned All-ACC honors for each of her second-place finishes in the indoor and outdoor pole vault this season and also garnered top honors with her second-place finish in the Championship of America pole vault at the Penn Relays. She is also a stellar student, winning All-ACC Academic Indoor honors and being named to the Dean's List for both semesters during the 2012-13 academic year.
The women's pole vault final will begin at 6:15 p.m. EST on Friday.
Johnson jumped a season-long 42-2 ½ (12.84 meters) at the last chance Georgia Tech Invitational to earn her bid to the NCAA East Preliminary. She advanced out of the first round of jumps at the NCAA East and into the NCAA Championships trials with a jump of 41-8 ½ (12.71 meters). Johnson also qualified for the NCAA Championships as a freshman in the triple jump.
Hudson earned a season-best in the triple jump at the NCAA East as she reached 41-5 ¾ (12.64 meters) to earn her national championships berth.
Johnson and Hudson are the first pair of Carolina triple jumpers to advance to the NCAA National Championships since Nicole Gamble and LaShonda Christopher did so in 1999. The only other Tar Heel pair to do it before Gamble and Christopher, who advanced four consecutive years together from 1996-99 and combined for seven All-America honors in the triple jump, was Kim Austin and Penny Blackwell in 1990.
The women's triple jump trials will begin at 6:25 p.m. EST on Friday and will be followed by the finals.
The top 24 competitors taken from the East and West divisions comprise the semifinalists and finalists for the NCAA National Championships. The top eight performers at the conclusion of each event will earn All-America honors.
The Pac-12 will provide live streaming video for all four days of competition. For June 6-8, ESPNU and ESPN3.com have picked up select hours. A full broadcast schedule is available below:
(all times Eastern)
June 5 beginning at 3 p.m. on Pac-12 Live Stream