The North Carolina men’s track and field team came excruciatingly close to winning their first ACC championship since 1999 Saturday in Chapel Hill.
The men’s team outscored all other teams in the final day of competition, finishing with 87 points. The championship came down to the final event of the meet. Heading into the 4×400 relay, Florida State held a seven-point advantage over UNC.
Ceo Ways crossed the finish line first for Carolina in the anchor leg, but the Tar Heels finished three points shy of the title.
“I’ve never been a part of a group of guys that have fought that hard in that situation,” sprints coach Steve Rubin says. “They just did not give up. I think it was partially the desire to win the meet; it was partially the fact that they’re here on their home track and the crowd was there for them, and I think they just have a lot of pride.
Earlier in the meet, Tar Heel athlete RJ Alowonle repeated as the 400-meter hurdle champion, running a new personal best 50.23 to capture the individual title.