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Fresh off the blocks in his first 60-meter dash, North Carolina’s Zach Brown was hoping to make his transition from outside linebacker on the football team to sprinter a smooth one.And then he tripped.
Track and field is a sport of repetition. Athletes run the same distances, throw the same weights and engage in the same rituals week after week. But make no mistake, the North Carolina track and field team is not comfortable settling for a repeat performance of their 2009 season.
The North Carolina women’s and men’s track and field teams grabbed third and fourth place, respectively, at the ACC Outdoor Championships on Saturday.On the women’s side, junior Dominique Jackson won an individual title in the 800 for the second-straight year, with a time of 2:06.16.
An autopsy released Wednesday morning ruled the death of UNC assistant track and field coach Antonio Pettigrew to be a suicide. Police found Pettigrew dead in his car in Chatham County early in the morning of Aug. 10. He was 42 years old.
Saturday’s separate meets for North Carolina’s men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams were all about rewriting the record book. The women dominated Chapel Hill’s Kent Taylor Run for the Kids Invitational and took six events while attempting to dash school and national record. While the women enjoyed success in Chapel Hill, UNC coach Dennis Craddock and the top male runners traveled to Annapolis to test their abilities on a banked track.
Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong Keene doesn’t see his colorblindness as any reason to stop pursing art. He is an economics and studio art double major, receiving art instruction for the first time in his life. His medium of choice: plain white Vans or basic Nikes — wearable art.
At last week’s GaREAT Invitational, freshman Sandi Morris set the UNC school record in the pole vault with a jump of 13-5 3/4. At Saturday’s Dick Taylor-UNC Invitational, with jumps of 13-8 and 13-10, Morris broke her own school record not once, but twice. In doing so, Morris took first place in the pole vault competition.
Many of UNC’s top performers will not participate in this weekend’s meet in order to rest up for the upcoming ACC Outdoor Championships in Durham. “I know this might sound strange, but we don’t really want anybody to have a really big performance this weekend,” coach Dennis Craddock said.
Severe weather and strong winds wreaked havoc at Saturday’s event, causing several stoppages and sending some of the events indoors. Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts, the Tar Heels were able to avoid the rain puddles and claim seven victories during the day.
North Carolina pole vaulters Cameron Overstreet and Sandi Morris have their differences, but their desire to excel as a unit is what brings them together.
The first meet of the season might not always yield the fastest times and highest jumps, but the North Carolina indoor track and field team still opened its 2012 campaign with success.
The banked track of Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House brings out the best in North Carolina senior Tasha Stanley.
North Carolina high-jumper Dylan Moore cleared 7 1/4 inches — or, one Tyler Zeller — to win his event Saturday at the Kent Taylor Invitational.
June 22 is going to be a big day for Clayton Parros. While most of his teammates and peers will relax during the dog days of summer, the North Carolina junior 400-meter runner will compete in the preliminary rounds of what he called the biggest meet of his life — the 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
Preparation for next week’s ACC Championships defined Saturday’s Gene Anderson Invitational.
A tune-up meet sounds cliche, but that’s how the North Carolina track team is viewing Saturday’s Kent Taylor-Joe Hilton Invitational, its only home meet of the outdoor season.
North Carolina freshman mid-distance runner created Spikes 4 Tykes — a charitable organization that sends track shoes to youth runners in Jamaica — he just hoped everything would work out.
As a decathlete, Joe Hutchinson is accustomed to sprinting, shot putting, throwing the discus and pole vaulting.
In his 27 years as North Carolina’s men’s and women’s head cross country and track and field coach, Dennis Craddock built more than just successful teams — he built a family. Craddock will retire at end of this season as one of the most successful coaches in ACC sports’ history.
North Carolina seniors Malai Walker and Emory Parsons could not have picked a better time to achieve their personal bests.