Track,Tennis Athletes Land
NCAA Titles, All-America Honors
the highest win total in Carolina history
and the most wins in college baseball this
year. Over the past two seasons, Carolina
has posted 111 wins, second in the country
only to Rice’s 113.
“My freshman year, our team goals were
‘get 40 wins’ and ‘finish second or third in
the ACC,’” said Robert Woodard, the win-ningest pitcher in Carolina history. “My
senior year, across the board our expectations were raised.”
And expectations will continue to rise,
as the Heels return next year with ACC
Freshman of the Year Ackley, righty Adam
Warren (12-0 this season), Adam White and
Chad Flack. The possibility loomed in late
June that juniors Reid Fronk, Josh Horton
and Andrew Carignan could jump to the
Carolina has more to look forward to:
The team will play most or all of next season in nearby Cary while Boshamer Stadium undergoes a $14 million facelift.
“This team has
worked so hard since
August to make
another run at it,”
Woodard said. “We
are very proud of
what we’ve accomplished.”
As the players
lumbered off the bus
back into the Car-
olina summer heat,
roughly two weeks
since their last home
game, they discov-
ered just how many
people are proud of
what they did and how they represented
their school. Many youngsters in the crowd
called to “Reid” and “Chad” and “Robert”
for autographs and pictures, and so did
“Great job, guys,” someone in the
crowd shouted. “You did the school
While Carolina’s baseball team
was the center of nationally
televised attention, six
Olympic-sport athletes made big headlines of their own this summer — including NCAA championships in the 1,500
meters, javelin and tennis doubles.
Sophomore Brie Felnagle won the title
in the women’s 1,500 meters at the
NCAA outdoor championships with a
scorching time of 4 minutes, 9. 93 seconds.
Felnagle’s time set a
new school record,
topping the 4: 11. 60
mark set by Shalane
Flanagan ’05 in
2003. Felnagle also
recorded this year’s
fastest clocking in
the nation at the
event held at Sacramento State.
Felnagle, a native
finished ahead of
Florida State’s Susan
Kuijken (4: 11. 34)
and Stanford’s Ari-anna Lambie
(4: 12. 29). Felnagle
trailed Lambie until the final 400 meters,
when she made her move and blew past
Stanford’s six-time All-America senior.
Felnagle used a strong finishing kick to
seal the victory.
Record-setting wins are familiar to
Felnagle, who already was part of a
national championship and American
record-setting performance in the distance
medley relay during the indoor season.
Felnagle joins Flanagan as the only
women in UNC history to earn All-America honors in cross country, indoor
3,000 meters and outdoor 1,500 meters in
the same school year.
Sara Anundsen and Jenn Long captured
the NCAA tennis doubles crown in
Athens, Ga., in May. The pair came from
behind to upset William and Mary’s top-seeded tandem in three sets. It is the first
women’s tennis title in Tar Heel history.
Anundsen and Long, seniors from Col-
orado and California, respectively, were
named 2007 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Doubles Team of the Year.
They are the second duo not from a
PAC- 10 school to win the award, and
both have been ITA All-Americans in
doubles the past two years. They were 29-
6 for the season and finished No. 1 in the
The Carolina men also made some
noise in June, as three members of the
ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOS
Brie Felnagle added to her All-America honors with a record-setting
1,500 meters, and Justin Ryncavage won his second consecutive NCAA
javelin title — a first for a Carolina track and field athlete.
— Daniel David ’07
men’s track team earned All-America
honors in Sacramento. Justin Ryncavage
won his second straight national championship in javelin and became the first
male athlete in the program’s history to
win two national titles in the same event.
Ryncavage threw a season-best 241
feet, 5 inches ( 73. 58 meters) on his first
attempt to best the field, becoming just
the sixth man in UNC track and field history to win two national championships.
Ryncavage’s teammate, Adam Mon-tague, was runner-up in the javelin, and
Nick Owens placed second in the hammer throw. The three high finishes helped
the Heels place sixth overall, their best
mark at the championships in more than a
In Division I track and field, the top
eight finishers in each event at the championships are eligible for All-America