The North Carolina track and field program traveled to Birmingham, Ala. this weekend to compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, resulting in several All-America honors and outstanding performances by UNC.
Three Tar Heels punched their ticket for the NCAA championships after a successful 2022 indoor season. Graduate Jill Shippee competed in the women’s weight throw, graduate Daniel McArthur in men’s shot put and redshirt senior Anna Keefer in women’s long jump and 200 meter sprint.
The meet started on Friday, Mar. 11 at 4 p.m. and ran until Saturday night. Both Shippee and Keefer competed in their respective events on day one, while McArthur participated in the men’s shot put finals on the second day.
On Friday, Shippee was the first Tar Heel to enter competition as she stepped up to the circle. A total of sixteen athletes from across the country participated in the weight throw event and Shippee finished in eleventh place with a throw of 71-1.25 (21.67m). In her first NCAA Indoors appearance, she used stellar technique and strength to earn second-team All-America honors.
Just one event later, Keefer competed and showed out in the women’s long jump. Although she placed eighth out of sixteen competitors, Keefer jumped an impressive 21-0.5 (6.41m) and earned first-team All-America honors. This performance also moved her up two spots from her tenth-place finish at last year’s championships.
Later that day, Keefer also ran the 200m sprint in the third heat of the prelims. Placing twelfth, she came in at 23.45 seconds, which was just a second behind the first-place finisher in this event. This run once again earned an All-America honor, but this time on the second team.
To round out the North Carolina track and field appearances at the NCAA Indoor Championships, McArthur fouled during his one and only shot put attempt. Nevertheless, McArthur has received All-America honors his past three seasons as a Tar Heel, which just goes to show the talent this UNC team has and will have in the future.