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Shalane Flanagan Takes Ninth At Boston Marathon

Former North Carolina cross-country star Shalane Flanagan competed in the Boston Marathon on Monday. Flanagan finished ninth timing in at 2:27:47. Flanagan had a shortened training period due to an injury in January, but only finished five minutes off her personal best time that she ran last year. (GoHeels.com)

Shalane Flanagan heads 'very good' US women's shot at winning Boston Marathon

The 119th Boston Marathon is shaping up as the best chance yet for an American woman to terminate a longtime hex. Boston veterans Shalane Flanagan and Desiree Linden plus newcomer Amy Cragg have the experience and pedigrees to break foreign domination on the women’s side of the race. The last American woman to win the race was Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach, who broke the tape in 2:34.06 in 1985. (Boston Herald)

Honoring trailblazers

Karen Stevenson might not have set out to blaze a trail, but she did. Charles Waddell, too, was ahead of his time. For the second straight year, Carolina Athletics on Saturday will honor pioneering former student-athletes with the Trailblazer Award, and this year’s honorees are memorable in a myriad of ways. (UNC.edu)

Houston Summers Elected Student Body President

UNC track and field student-athlete Houston Summers was elected student body president Wednesday night. Summers earned 64.8% of the vote. Before attending UNC, Summers was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005 and played minor league baseball for six years, mostly in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization. He was called up to the majors in 2010 for the Cardinals. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heel Trailblazer: Charles Waddell

Charles Waddell came to Carolina on a football scholarship with the understanding that he would have the opportunity to play basketball. Waddell’s first year on campus, 1971-72, was the last before freshman became eligible to compete in football and basketball. He participated in spring football practice that year. But in his sophomore season after the Sun Bowl that December, Waddell joined the JV basketball team. (GoHeels.com)

At North Carolina, Throwing Javelins and Running for Office

Time is precious for Houston Summers, a 27-year-old junior at North Carolina, and not just because he is majoring in psychology, with two minors, in the hopes of attending medical school. Summers, a former professional baseball player, is now a walk-on javelin thrower on the track team, and he is also trying to become the student body president. (New York Times)

Charles Waddell, Karen Stevenson To Receive Tar Heel Trailblazer Award

For the second year in a row, Carolina Athletics will honor pioneering former student-athletes with the Tar Heel Trailblazers award. This year’s honorees are Karen Stevenson and Charles Waddell. Stevenson, who competed in track and field at UNC, was the first African-American female to earn a Morehead Scholarship at UNC. She went on to become the first woman from UNC and the first black woman in the nation to earn a Rhodes Scholarship, in 1979. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Maintain Third In Directors' Cup Standings

The University of North Carolina athletic program maintained its spot in third place in the latest fall standings for the 2014-15 Learfield Directors’ Cup which were released Thursday. The UNC program has had a banner fall with five sports already scoring in the competition. Two more sports – volleyball and football – will be counted into the rankings on December 24 and January 15, respectively. (GoHeels.com)

The Story of UNC track and field athlete Houston Summers

Houston Summers is not your typical UNC junior. The 27-yard-old track and field athlete has already played Major League Baseball, stared death in the face and is now pursuing a medical career. (Chapelboro.com)

Carolina Rundown: December 11

The Zellers started against each other last night. Tyler finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. The Warriors won their 14th in a row, and Harrison Barnes had 20 points and seven rebounds. Ty Lawson had 10 points and nine assists. Danny Green had 13 points. Marvin Williams had eight points and five rebounds. Brandan Wright scored five. (GoHeels.com)

My Carolina Experience: Lianne Farber

These are the words of Lianne Farber, red-shirt senior on Carolina’s cross country team, a squad which recently won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and finished 22nd at the NCAA meet. Though Farber had essentially always been a runner, before college it was something that she did, not to compete but because she simply enjoyed it. She feels it is due to this mindset that she was so driven to compete in college. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Rundown: November 24

Friday: Danny Green had 18 points. Harrison Barnes had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Saturday: Brandan Wright had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Green had 21 points and seven rebounds. Sunday: Ty Lawson had 18 points and 16 assists. Tar Heels all over this highlight from Sunday, as Ed Davis blocks Lawson, and Wayne Ellington finishes it with an emphatic slam. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Rundown: November 14

Vince Carter had 11 points and four rebounds. Brandan Wright had 14 points and five rebounds. Harrison Barnes had 12 points. Da'Norris Searcy had three tackles in the Thursday night game. It looks like Eric Ebron will play this weekend. A recruiting coup for Carolina, as Jalen Dalton signed and will enroll in January. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Rundown: November 4

Reggie Bullock had 12 points in his first action of the season, and the Clippers might be ready to give him more playing time. Nine points and 12 assists for Ty Lawson, but Denver lost. Vince Carter had nine points off the bench in a Memphis win. Tyler Zeller had six points in eight minutes. Brandan Wright had six points and six rebounds. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Rundown: November 3

John Henson had six points and seven rebounds on Friday. Ty Lawson had 25 points and five assists on Saturday. Harrison Barnes had 15 points on Saturday. Brandan Wright had 12 points on Saturday. Tyler Zeller had eight points and four rebounds on Saturday. Ed Davis, an early bright spot for the Lakers, had 13 points and six rebounds on Saturday. (GoHeels.com)

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