UNC Track & Field

Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Track & Field.

UNC graduate thrower Jill Shippee: ACC record-holder and student-athlete advocate

Though often overlooked, UNC track and field star Jill Shippee demands attention in many field events, but none more than the hammer/weight throw. In 2017, Shippee entered the UNC track and field program as a freshman on the throwing squad. During her first spring at UNC, she earned second-team All-America honors in the hammer throw. (Daily Tar Heel)

Anna Keefer, Jill Shippee Earn Track & Field All-America Honors

Two Tar Heels earned All-America honors Friday on Day 1 at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Anna Keefer placed eighth in the women's long jump to earn first-team All-America honors with a jump of 21-0.5 feet. Jill Shippee took 11th in the women's weight throw to earn second-team All-America honors. (

Tar Heel Trailblazer: Reggie McAfee

Reggie McAfee's goals never were to win a national championship or be recognized for his achievements, yet he has done both. The first African American to break the 4-minute mark in the mile and a four-time All-American at UNC, McAfee will be celebrated as a Tar Heel Trailblazer, which recognizes former Black student-athletes who paved the way. (

60 Years Ago Today: Former UNC track star Jim Beatty runs the first indoor sub-4:00 mile

, the NCAA 2M/5000 runner-up as a soph and junior at UNC, had run a 4:06.5 mile as a senior in 1956 but hadn’t run a step in 2½ years. He finally got the nerve to call his college mentor, Dale Ranson, to whom he posed two questions: "Do I still have what it takes to make the Olympic team, and can I come to Chapel Hill and have you coach me?" (Track And Field News)

Synthia Scott Kearney, Reggie McAfee Make Up 2022 Class Of Tar Heel Trailblazers

Former student-athletes and Reggie McAfee will be honored as Tar Heel Trailblazers on Saturday at halftime of the UNC vs. Florida State basketball game. Kearney and McAfee are the sixth class of Tar Heel Trailblazers. The award recognizes individuals who paved the way for success in all aspects of the student-athlete experience. (

Tar Heels Sixth In Director's Cup Standings After Fall Sports

Four Tar Heel teams earned top-20 NCAA finishes to lead the University of North Carolina to sixth place in the nation after the conclusion of fall sport competition in the 2021-22 Learfield Directors' Cup. Carolina amassed 295.50 points in the fall, led by head coach Chris Miltenberg's women's cross country team, which finished 14th for 64.5 points. (

UNC Celebrates December Graduates

Twenty-nine UNC student-athletes received their degrees Sunday in Winter Commencement ceremonies at the Dean E. Smith Center. Listed are Tar Heels who received degrees. Football: , , Joshua Ezeudu, Jeremiah Gemmel, Sam Howell, Marcus McKethan, Kyler McMichael, Trey Morrison, , Jordan Tucker. (

Flanagan finishes her 6-marathons-in-6-weeks odyssey in New York with fastest time

finished her six-marathon challenge Sunday as the 12th woman to cross the finish line at Sunday’s New York City Marathon. Her time of 2 hours, 33 minutes, 32 seconds was her best of the six races. The Olympian, three-time national champion at UNC, and 2017 New York City Marathon winner, finished her sixth marathon in 42 days. (Tar Heel Tribune)

Shalane Flanagan Returns to NYC Marathon 4 Years After Historic Win With New Goal in Sight

Former New York City Marathon champion is set to return to the course at which she made history as she pursues an entirely different goal on Sunday. In 2017, Flanagan became the first American runner in 40 years to win the women's division at the TCS New York City Marathon. She previously placed second in the 2010 race. (Newsweek)

Shalane Flanagan's feat of running marathons on back-to-back days is 'frankly inhuman'

is just days away from achieving the impossible: running each of the world's six major marathons in under three hours — all in 43 days. To the common person, the feat seems otherworldly. Even top competitors in distance running, like marathon star and Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel, see what she's doing as "inhuman." (
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