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Phil Ford, Sharon Couch-Sikes Recognized As TrailblazersWhen Phil Ford was setting scoring and assist records for the Carolina men’s basketball team in the late 1970s, he never imagined he as creating a path for student-athletes to follow. But Saturday, Ford was honored for just that. Ford joined former track and field star Sharon Couch-Sikes at center court of the Smith Center to receive the third annual Tar Heel Trailblazers award. (GoHeels.com)
Trailblazers Share Coaching Experiences With UNC StudentsUNC students who are interested in careers in coaching got the opportunity Thursday evening to discuss the profession with three Carolina graduates who have risen through its ranks. “A Conversation About Coaching” featured a Q and A with Sharon Couch-Fikes and Phil Ford and was moderated by Harlis Meaders, the Tar Heels’ track and field coach. (GoHeels.com)
Shalane Flanagan on Dehydration, Delirium, and Drama at the Olympic TrialsShalane Flanagan placed third at the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday in Los Angeles, after leading the race with her teammate, Amy Cragg, for 24 miles. It was then that severe dehydration almost ended her chances of making the team going to Rio Games in August. She hung on, however, and finished behind Cragg, who won, and Desiree Linden, who placed second. (Runner's World)
Tar Heel Trailblazer: Sharon Couch-FikesIn 1991, Sharon Couch-Fikes became the first African-American to win the Patterson Medal, Carolina's highest athletic honor. The next year, she became the first track athlete from UNC to compete at the Olympic Games, in Barcelona. Twenty-four years later, she has been named a Tar Heel Trailblazer. (GoHeels.com)
Shalane Flanagan qualifies for 4th Olympics at US marathon trialsAmy Cragg won the women’s Olympic Marathon Trials Saturday in Los Angeles, with a time of 2:28:20. Desiree Linden was second, and Shalane Flanagan finished third. Flanagan, who struggled in the last two miles, collapsed momentarily at the finish and was treated for heat-related illness. (Runner's World)
Four Tar Heels Earn ACC Weaver-James Corrigan RecognitionFour UNC student-athletes were among 52 from around the ACC announced Wednesday as recipients of Weaver-James-Corrigan scholarships and awards. Seniors Casey Di Nardo, Emma Nunn, Marcus Paige and Houston Summers were recognized for outstanding academic and athletic performance during their careers in Chapel Hill. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Houston Summers - Renaissance ManStudent-athlete and student-body-president barely begin to describe renaissance man Houston Summers. From surviving a brain tumor when he was 12 to being the youngest American selected in the major league baseball draft to becoming a track athlete at UNC find out what drives and motivates him on a daily basis.
Phil Ford, Sharon Couch-Fikes To Be Honored As Tar Heel TrailblazersFor the third year in a row, UNC Athletics will honor pioneering former student-athletes with the Tar Heel Trailblazers award. This year’s honorees are Sharon Couch-Fikes and Phil Ford. The award recognizes individuals who paved the way for success in all aspects of the student-athlete experience. The Trailblazers will be honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game on Feb. 20 vs. Miami. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Girls and Women in Sports Day at UNCThe annual Girls and Women in Sports Day took place in Fetzer Gym on Sunday, January 17. Hundreds of children had the opportunity to spend time with their favorite Carolina women's teams.
Tar Heels Third In Final Fall Director's Cup StandingsUNC is in third place in the final fall sports Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. The Tar Heels amassed 342 points in the fall, including 90 by the field hockey team, which reached the final four for the 20th time and played in its 16th national championship game. Carolina is third nationally behind Stanford (479.5) and Syracuse (347.5). (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heel Student-Athletes Visit UNC Burn CenterEach fall, UNC student-athletes gather for a special trip that always proves to be a highlight of the Carolina Outreach calendar. The annual UNC Burn Center Visit on Nov. 6 brought together student-athletes from the football, track and field, cross country, and women’s lacrosse teams to visit patients and hear from physicians at one of the state’s outstanding health care facilities. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Celebrate "Heeloween" At Children's HospitalUNC student-athletes kicked off the holiday weekend on Friday afternoon with the annual Carolina Outreach “Heeloween” visit to UNC Children’s Hospital. Thirty Tar Heels, representing the softball, men’s lacrosse, gymnastics, women’s soccer and track and field teams, took part in the fun. (GoHeels.com)
No days off for UNC student-athletesAfter his 8 AM class, Shakeel Rashad snags breakfast at Kenan Stadium, works on his online class for an hour and watches film for an hour and 15 minutes before heading to the weight room. From 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., he works out, then goes to get taped for practice before team meetings start at 2:10 p.m. Several different meetings run until 3:40 p.m. Then he has 25 minutes to get dressed and head to practice at 4:05 p.m. (Daily Tar Heel)
Tar Heels Take Part In Elementary School College DayMembers of the UNC track and field team recently visited Y.E. Smith Elementary School in Durham, N.C., to talk to the students about collegiate academics and what it's like being part of an athletic team. The student-athletes spent a rainy Friday afternoon signing autographs, exchanging high fives and leading cheers from class to class, providing inspiration for the youngsters. (GoHeels.com)
Allen Johnson Named To Track & Field Hall of FameFormer UNC track and field standout Allen Johnson will be inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, USA Track and Field announced Tuesday. Allen will be inducted into the 42nd class along with Hollis Conway, Ralph Mann, Jack Torrance and Harry Gill. Johnson is one of the most decorated 110-meter hurdlers of all time. (GoHeels.com)