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2016 Olympians with NC tiesAcross the world, thousands of athletes train endlessly in the hopes of representing their country in the Olympics. As the 2016 Games in Rio draw near, more than 50 athletes with ties to the Tar Heel State have punched their tickets to Brazil. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Selmon, Alowonle Advance To Semis at Olympic TrialsKenny Selmon and RJ Alowonle advanced to the semifinals of the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Selmon and Alowonle advanced by finishing within the top three of their respective heats. Selmon took third in his heat running 50.04 while Alowonle ran 51.13 finishing third in his heat as well. The pair will compete tonight to try to advance to the finals. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heel Olympic hopefuls relish time in 'Track Town USA'Eugene, Oregon is 2,000 miles from Chapel Hill, but when teammates are lined up together in the Olympic Trials, it doesn’t feel quite as far away. Hayward Field has become a goal for anyone who has ever put on a pair of track shoes. “It’s amazing to know that even at practice you have some of the greatest competitors in the world,” said UNC hurdler Javonte Lipsey. (WRAL Sports Fan)
ACC Academic Honor Roll Includes All-Time High From UNCAn all-time high 356 UNC student-athletes have been named to the 2015-16 ACC Academic Honor Roll, announced Thursday. The ACC Academic Honor Roll recognizes 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. (GoHeels.com)
Twenty-Four Tar Heels Earned Perfect Grades In SpringTwenty-four UNC student-athletes earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the 2016 spring semester. Among them are three Tar Heels who were also national champions this spring: women’s lacrosse team members Kelly Devlin, Mallory Frysinger and Elizabeth Haus. Three other student-athletes had perfect 4.0 GPAs in both the fall and spring semesters. (GoHeels.com)
Erin Donohue places 5th in 800 meter Olympic TrialsErin Donohue finished in fifth place in Friday’s preliminary round heat of the 800-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, failing -- for now -- in her bid to make a second U.S. Olympic team. Donohue, 33, was running mostly against women in their 20’s. Donohue was an eight-time All-America at UNC. (The Courier-Post)
UNC 400-Hurdlers Set To Compete At U.S. Olympic TrialsJavonte Lipsey, Kenny Selmon and R.J. Alowonle will compete in the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials which starts July 1. The 400-meter hurdles will begin on July 7 at 6:53 p.m. Alowonle enters the trials with a personal best of 50.02, Lipsey enters with a personal best of 49.65 and Selmon owns a peronal best of 49.31. (GoHeels.com)
Shalane Flanagan Showing Top Form Ahead of OlympicsIn a morale-boosting tuneup for the Olympic marathon in Rio, Shalane Flanagan set a new American 10K road record of 30:52 on Sunday in Boston. The Massachusetts native shattered her own record of 31:03, set in Tilburg in the Netherlands in 2015. (Runner's World)
ACC will be well-represented at Rio OlympicsThe Olympic qualifying process has only just begun, but already many athletes with ACC ties either past or present have punched their tickets to this year’s Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To date, ten current and former Tar Heels have qualified to represent the United States in men's basketball, field hockey, and track & field. (Wilmington Star News)
Shalane Flanagan breaks American record in 10KFour-time U.S. Olympian Shalane Flanagan set an American road record for the 10K distance as she captured the sixth annual BAA 10K event. Flanagan was making her last road appearance before a month of altitude training at Park City, Utah, prior to the Aug. 14 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Marathon. Flanagan crossed the finish in a scintillating time of 30:52. (Boston Herald)
Shalane Flanagan Learning How To Stand the Heat Before RioShe’s been on the starting line at three Olympic Games. She’s faced the world’s best runners at the Boston Marathon—three times. She brought home a bronze medal from Beijing in 2008, which she earned despite suffering a nasty case of food poisoning. But nothing ever rattled Shalane Flanagan quite as much as throwing the first pitch at Fenway Park. (Runner's World)
My Carolina Experience: Tristine JohnsonWith a personality like Tristine Johnson’s, staying in a person’s shadow would be more of a feat than struggling to get out from one, and with a three-time Olympian for a father one can only imagine the type of personality that would take. Heroes were real for Johnson because some of the world’s fastest men and women were her family’s closest friends. (GoHeels.com)
Scholar-Athlete Luncheon Recognizes Academic ExcellenceThe day’s highest honor went to the Top 10 Scholar-Athletes, the five senior men and women who rank the highest in the most impressive collegiate statistic: grade point average. Each invited a faculty member and introduced him or her during brief remarks. In addition to speaking about each honored faculty member, the students looked back on their time at UNC. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Compile Record-High APRUNC student-athletes compiled a record-high Academic Progress Rate of 987 in 2014-15 and compiled a four-year rating of 981, two points above the national rate. It is the second consecutive year the Tar Heels have set or tied their top single-season score in the APR. The 18 Tar Heel programs that scored a 1000 in 2014-15 include men’s basketball. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Bad Lip Reading - Tar Heel Coaches EditionIt's Bad Lip Reading, North Carolina coaches style! Originally shown at the 2016 Rammys on Monday, April 18 2016.