DURHAM The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the first Division I regional and national team computer rankings of the season Tuesday, with the Duke men’s and women’s track and field teams appearing second on the regional rankings list, one of the highest combined ranking in school history.
Nationally, the Blue Devils’ women’s track and field team ranks 31st, ahead of all ACC schools other than No. 17 Florida State. The Duke men sit 35th on the national rankings list, behind just two conference opponents, No. 6 Florida State and No. 25 Virginia Tech.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels, 13-4 last season and the reigning ACC tournament champions, will have at least six games slated for national television coverage on ESPNU this season. Additional television coverage is expected to be announced within a few days.
North Carolina will open Feb. 9 at Furman. It will be the Paladins’ first game as a NCAA Division I program. Furman is coached by Tar Heels alum Richie Meade, who currently is the coach of the U.S. men’s national team. The Tar Heels will play Manhattan in their home opener at 1 p.m. Feb. 15.
North Carolina was ranked No. 2 by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and third by the Inside Lacrosse media.
Shaw: Diamond Mitchell was named CIAA Player of the Week for a second consecutive week, Ariel Hatcher was the newcomer of the week and Jacques Curtis coach of the week for games ending Saturday.
Mitchell scored 23 points in a rout of Winston-Salem State and had 13 points and eight assists against Saint Augustine’s. Hatcher averaged 16.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in the two victories.
N.C. State: Senior running back Tony Creecy was named a first-team Academic Momentum Award recipient from the National Consortium for Academics and Sports Scholar-Baller program.
The award is given based on a student-athlete’s academic improvement and the impact the academic performance had on his or her classmates, teammates, academic advisors and professors. Only 10 male and female award recipients from NCAS partner schools were selected for the first team.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack was picked No. 27 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate preseason poll. N.C. State collected 34 votes.
Swimming and Diving
North Carolina: After leading the Tar Heels to a victory Saturday against No. 20 Virginia, Logan Heck was ACC Swimmer of the Week and Jack Nyquist the conference’s diver of the week. Heck won two individual events and anchored two victorious relays. Nyquist had one first-place finish and one second-place finish.
North Carolina: Freshman Jamie Loeb was named ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week after going 4-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles last week for the third-ranked Tar Heels.