UNC’s Parker Wolfe capped off an outstanding junior season by winning the men’s 5,000-meter national title at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Oregon on Friday night. Wolfe crossed the finish line with a time of 13:54.43, just beating Northern Arizona’s Nico Young to claim the title.

Wolfe had finished in second place behind Young in the 5,000-meter and 3,000-meter runs at the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this year.

Wolfe concludes his season with two ACC team championships, four new school records, four first-team All-America honors (giving him eight for his career) and a national title. He’s the first Tar Heel ever to win the 5000-meter run at the outdoor championships, the first Tar Heel to win an event at the championships since 2007 and the first Tar Heel to win a solo men’s track event at the championships since 1950 (a UNC team won the 4×100-meter relay at the 1996 championships). It’s the third individual national title won by a Tar Heel this academic year, after Aranza Vazquez Montaño took home two at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Overall, five Tar Heel competitors won first- or second-team All-America honors at the championships: Wolfe, Ethan Strand (1,500 meters), Craig Saddler (400-meter hurdles), Alex Phillip (10,000 meters) and Makayla Paige (800 meters).


Featured image via UNC Athletic Communications/David Hicks

Chapelboro.com does not charge subscription fees, and you can directly support our efforts in local journalism here. Want more of what you see on Chapelboro? Let us bring free local news and community information to you by signing up for our newsletter.