The North Carolina track and field team capped off the indoor regular season with several athletes shattering personal records, while the program honored a coaching legend.
The inaugural Dennis Craddock Invitational was held at the Eddie Smith Field House Saturday, while a select group of other athletes traveled to South Bend, Ind., for the Alex Wilson Invitational.
In Chapel Hill, the Craddock Invitational honored longtime UNC head coach Dennis Craddock, who coached 45 ACC championship teams and 38 individual NCAA national champions. Craddock — who led the Tar Heels for 27 years — coached current head coach Harlis Meaders and recruited many of the upperclassmen on the current UNC roster.
“A chance to acknowledge what (Coach Craddock) did for the University and for the student-athletes under his tutelage was exceptional,” Meaders said.
The meet featured 20 different programs and an exhibition race to close the day, with Air Force winning an exhibition 4×400 meter relay between the University’s three ROTC branches.