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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.
Video: UNC Athletics - Bring 'Em OutDiving teammates Jack Nyquist and Ozzie Moyer wrote an "Even More Fire" version of Bring 'Em Out. Tar Heel Style featuring all of UNC's talented teams.
Rammys Recognize Tar Heel SuccessesFrom the opening strains of the all-sports video score to the closing cheers of the alma mater, the fourth-annual Rammy Awards highlighted UNC’s successes of the past year within the Department of Athletics and beyond. The awards show recognized student-athletes and teams that have excelled academically, athletically and in service. (GoHeels.com)
What you missed at the 2016 RammysThe fourth annual Rammy Awards featured plenty of fanfare — from rap videos and sword fights to Theo Pinson accepting awards he didn’t win. Here’s what you missed on Monday at Memorial Hall. The men’s basketball team fell short of an NCAA Championship, but the national runners-up took home plenty of hardware at the event. (Daily Tar Heel)
I'm A Tar Heel: Lizzy WhelanThe past five years of my life I have toed the line in Tar Heel blue, proud and ready to roll. Chapel Hill has always been this magical bubble I never wanted to leave. I have so much pride for this school. I am forever grateful for the fans, students, coaches, professors and administrators who make this place so special. My name is Lizzy Whelan and I am and forever will be a Tar Heel. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Phil Ford, Sharon Couch-Fikes Recognized As TrailblazersPhil Ford joined former track and field star Sharon Couch-Fikes at center court of the Dean E. Smith Center on Feb. 20 to receive the third annual Tar Heel Trailblazers award, which recognizes individuals who paved the way for success in all aspects of the UNC student-athlete experience.
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)