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UNC track and field captures four titles at ACC Outdoor Championships

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The UNC track and field team competed against Duke on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Duke University.

The North Carolina track and field team earned four ACC titles over the weekend and multiple athletes earned all-conference honors over the weekend at the ACC Outdoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va. 

What happened?

The Tar Heels started off hot on Thursday as sophomore Jill Shippee won the ACC Championship in the women’s hammer throw with 68.36 meters – almost nine feet better than second place. North Carolina added another ACC Championship when redshirt first-year Madison Wiltrout won the women’s javelin toss with 55.60 meters. 

Another notable performance came from sophomore Anna Keefer, who earned her fourth-consecutive All-ACC honors in the women’s long jump, set a season-best mark of 6.18 meters and finished sixth in the event. 

On Friday, the Tar Heels continued their strong performance as three athletes earned second-team All-ACC honors in their respective events. Redshirt sophomore Daniel McArthur finished fourth in the men’s shot put with 18.25 meters. In the men’s pole vault, UNC had both junior Liam Dixon and senior Drew Pedersen tie for sixth place with 4.77 meters. 

North Carolina finished up play on Saturday by winning two more ACC titles. The first was won by redshirt junior Nicole Greene, who posted a 1.88 meter high jump. The men’s 4x400 relay won with 3:11.50 and claimed the second ACC Championship. 

McArthur earned his second All-ACC finish of the weekend on Saturday with his fifth-place finish in the men’s discus throw. Junior Cameron Douglas earned All-ACC honors in the men’s 200-meter dash with 21.25 and finished fifth. In the men’s 1500-meter dash junior Brandon Tubby finished fourth and redshirt junior Alex Milligan finished fifth. Both earned All- ACC honors with 3:44.42 and 3:44.98 respectively. First- year Maiah Walker placed sixth in the women’s 400-meter dash and earned All-ACC honors with 53.87. In the men’s 400-meter dash sophomore Isaiah Palmer placed second with 45.92 and earned All-ACC honors. 

Who stood out? 

Shippee, Wiltrout and Greene won the ACC Championships in their respective individual events, while the men’s 4x400 relay team won the Tar Heels' fourth ACC Championship of the weekend. McArthur also earned two All-ACC honors over the weekend. 

When was it decided?

At the conclusion of Friday, the women had 25 points and a firm place in the standings and grabbed 19 points on Saturday to finish 10th. The men had strong performances as well, with a win in the 4x400 relay propelling them to seventh overall. 

Why does it matter?

North Carolina performed well on the big stage and had multiple athletes set either personal or season bests. Greene’s 1.88-meter jump broke a 36-year-old facility record and was the second-best mark in UNC history. 

Shippee’s hammer throw of 68.36 set a personal record, school record, meet record and an ACC record.  Shippee is the first UNC champion in the women’s hammer throw since 2006, while Wiltrout was the first Tar Heel to win the women’s javelin throw since 2002.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will have a long break to prepare for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla., beginning on May 23. 

@A_ReynoldsDTH

@DTHSports | sports@dailytarheel.com

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