Former Tar Heel Duo Set To Take On World

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MOSCOW – A pair of Carolina track and field stars are lacing it up for a run at global glory.

USA’s Shalane Flanagan and India’s Vikas Gowda compete at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow this weekend.

Sunday, Flanagan–a four-time national champion while at UNC–competes in the 10,000 meters after winning the event at the USA Track & Field Championships in July with a time of 31:43.20.

The highlight of Flanagan’s career was likely in 2008 when she earned a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics.

Gowda–the 2006 US national discus champion while in Chapel Hill–throws the discus at Worlds after winning the event at the Asian Athletics Championships in July.

You can watch Flanagan’s quest for gold this Sunday. The race is scheduled to air on NBC from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Gowda’s competition begins on Monday and can be seen on Universal Sports from 1:30-4:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

UNC Track & Field’s Dennis Craddock To The Hall

Dennis Craddock, left, was presented the Priceless Gem in October 2012 by Senior Associate Athletic Director Beth Mill and Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham. (Photo courtesy of UNC Athletics)

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Thursday the six coaches who will be inducted into the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame as the Class of 2013, including UNC’s Dennis Craddock.

Ron Allice, Al Cantello, Curtis Frye, Jim Hunt and Paul Olsen, along with Craddock, have all made a significant impact on the history of track & field at the collegiate, national and international levels through their coaching and the legacies of their student-athletes and will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame for their accomplishments.

These six men will be honored at the 2013 USTFCCCA Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday, December 16, at the USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

For the full announcement from the USTFCCCA and more on Craddock, click here.

Five Tar Heels Headed To NCAA Outdoor Championship

CHAPEL HILL – Five Tar Heels will compete in the NCAA Outdoor National Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 5-8.

Lianne FarberCameron OverstreetTristine JohnsonBriana Hudson, and Clayton Parros each earned bids to the NCAA Outdoor National Championships based on their performances at the NCAA East Preliminary this past week.

Farber will compete in the women’s 1,500. She raced 4:16.67 in the quarterfinal of the event on Saturday and is seeded 11th in the semifinal.

Overstreet advanced to the national stage in a jump off in the women’s pole vault on Friday. She cleared 13-1 1/2 (4.00 meters) to be seeded 23rd heading into the national championships.

Tristine Johnson and Briana Hudson each received bids in the women’s triple jump after competing at the prelims on Saturday. Johnson jumped 41-8 1/2 (12.71 meters) to rank 22nd and Hudson jumped 41-5 3/4 (12.64 meters) to rank 24th.

Parros is the lone men’s Tar Heel to represent the team on the national level after he won his heat in the 400 quarterfinal on Friday evening to clinch his spot in Eugene. His time of 46.60 ranks him 17th heading into the semifinal.

The top 24 competitors out of the NCAA East and the NCAA West will compete at the NCAA National Championships with the top eight in competition earning All-America honors at the conclusion of the championship meet.