Wrestling sends five to NCAA tournament
Five Bears punched tickets to the NCAA wrestling tournament, with Mosha Schwartz finishing second in the Big 12 Championship in March. Dalton Robertson, Andrew Alirez, Alan Clothier and Jacob Seely joined Schwartz at the big dance. With none of the qualifiers graduating this year, next year continues to look bright for UNC Wrestling.
Pettit breaks UNC pentathlon record at Big Sky Championship
Graduate student and pentathlete Mackenzie Pettit took three top-five finishes on her way to breaking the UNC record for pentathlon with a score of 3,518. The performance earned her fourth place in the Big Sky Indoor Track and Field Championship in February. “She battled hard in every event,” said UNC Track and Field head coach Wayne Angel.
Jackson Field gets an upgrade
UNC Baseball’s home at Jackson Field now has state-of-the-art live streaming and video capabilities, a new scoreboard, a pro-style batting cage, and new windscreens. All this is thanks to the generosity of donors. “We would like to thank those that have chosen to allow us to invest in our players and the future of Bears baseball,” said head coach Carl Iwasaki, emphasizing that the program seeks to provide a great experience for student-athletes, recruits and fans alike.
Three distance race records broken
At the Carolina Challenge this spring, Stephen Haas broke a 40-year old record in the 5,000 meter with a time of 14:29.47, while his teammate Josh Campbell broke Haas’ own record in the 3,000 meter with a time of 8:20.16. Campbell, along with Jesse Hayward, Kyle Thomas and Cameron Ross, finished the distance medley relay with a time of 10:11.94.
Fifty-four Bears named to 2019 Big Sky Fall All-Academic teams
The Big Sky Conference named 54 UNC student-athletes from football, volleyball, soccer and cross country to the 2019 Big Sky Fall All-Academic teams. These athletes participated in at least half of their team’s competitions, earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, and completed at least one term at UNC. There are four more Bears on this list than the previous year, and 20 of UNC’s athletes on the team played for UNC’s 2019 Big Sky Tournament champion soccer team.
Bears basketball players earn Big Sky honors
UNC Women’s Basketball’s Alexis Chapman and Alisha Davis each earned their first All-Big Sky honors this spring. Chapman was named to the third team, and Davis named an honorable mention. Meanwhile, Men’s Basketball’s Jonah Radebaugh earned two Big Sky Player of the Week nods. Additionally, Radebaugh became the first player in conference history to earn Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year three times. Radebaugh was also a unanimous first All-Big Sky Selection. Kai Edwards was named the Big Sky Top Reserve, and Bodie Hume also made second team All-Big Sky a year after winning the Freshman of the Year honor.
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