All the hard work and determination of the long track season came to its climax Saturday at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Tallahassee, Fla. The three-day event took place from Thursday through Saturday and culminated in a men’s team championship for host school Florida State, while Clemson took home the women’s title.
North Carolina track and field placed fifth in the men’s team competition and fourth in the women’s. The Tar Heels did have several impressive finishes in individual events. Junior Elizabeth Whelan won the bronze medal in the women’s 800-meter. Junior Sarah Howard finished second in the women’s shot put final.
Perhaps the most impressive individual feat achieved by the Tar Heels track team was by redshirt junior Xenia Rahn. She won the gold medal in the women’s heptathlon and set multiple records in the process. Rahn set new ACC Championship, ACC overall and Mike Long Track records for the event with 6,057 points in the competition.
“It’s all really exciting. Congrats to her. She had a wonderful year all season,” said Tar Heels head coach Harlis Meaders.
Rahn helped the women’s team hold an overall lead though the event’s first two days, a lead that would end in a fourth place finish after the final day.