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Houston Summers: UNC's big man on campusNow 27, Houston Summers is about to start his senior year at North Carolina. He’s an NCAA-qualifying javelin thrower with goals to become an All-American next spring. Captain is just one of several titles the Greensboro native and Northwest Guilford alumnus holds at UNC. Summers also is the recently-elected student body president and is a member of the honors college. (Greensboro News & Record)
339 Tar Heels Earn ACC Academic Honor Roll SpotsA total of 339 North Carolina student-athletes have earned spots on the 2014-15 ACC Honor Roll, announced Wednesday. The Honor Roll is comprised of student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year. The conference recognized a record 4,143 student-athletes for their hard work in the classroom. (GoHeels.com)
ACC 2014-15 Year in ReviewA school-by-school breakdown in the Directors’ Cup all-sports standings. North Carolina (5th): National runners-up in women’s lacrosse and third-place in field hockey, the Tar Heels have never finished below 17th in the Directors’ Cup. But for all their competitive success, the omnipresent story is the academic fraud scandal. UNC won ACC titles in women’s cross country and volleyball. (Daily Press)
UNC Finishes 5th in Learfield Sports Directors' CupAfter finishing out of the top ten last season when UNC failed to win a title conference or national, the Tar Heel athletic program has rebounded for a 5th place finish in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. UNC's fifth place finish is an ACC best with Virginia and its league first three NCAA titles in one season just behind the Heels in 6th. (Tar Heel Blog)
Track Programs Rank Among Best In The NationThe University of North Carolina track and field and cross country programs were recognized as top programs by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday. The USTFCCCA awards the top programs – male and female – that had the overall best combined year. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Post Outstanding Academic Progress RatesSeventeen UNC varsity athletic teams posted a four-year Academic Progress Rate of 980 or higher and four other teams were within four points of that score, according to figures released today by the NCAA. Overall, UNC’s 28 teams averaged 981, three points above the national average. The Tar Heels had six programs that scored a perfect 1000 and another five that scored 990 or higher. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC Coaches "Shake It Off"UNC Coaches made a music video to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off". The video originally aired at the 2015 Rammys on April 20, 2015.
Video: UNC Athletes Dance to "Uptown Funk"Watch Tar Heel athletes dance to "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. This video premiered at the 2015 Rammys on Monday night.
Tar Heels Celebrate At RammysThe North Carolina Department of Athletics celebrated the successes of the past year Monday evening at the third-annual Rammy Awards. A full slate of awards recognized outstanding academics, athletics and service. The evening also included student-athlete musical performances, videos and the introduction of UNC’s refreshed logo and other marks. (GoHeels.com)
Shalane Flanagan Takes Ninth At Boston MarathonFormer 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 MarathonThe 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 trailblazersKaren 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 PresidentUNC 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 WaddellCharles 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 OfficeTime 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)