College Sports

Wake hires John Hayes as director of track, cross country programs

Wake hires John Hayes as director of track, cross country programs

John Hayes, who has coached seven Division I NCAA track and cross country champions and has led teams to nine Division I NCAA cross country appearances, has been named director of Wake Forest’s track and field and cross country programs.

Hayes, who has 18 years of coaching experience — including 12 in Division I, is known as a specialist in the middle distance and distance events. Hayes has coached three USATF 1500-meter champions since 2009.

Hayes spent five years at Texas as cross country coach for the men’s team and assistant coach for the men’s track and field program. During his time with the Longhorns, Hayes’ student-athletes posted six school records, claimed 90 All-Big 12 honors, and captured three Big 12 team titles along with eight top-12 NCAA team finishes. Fourteen Longhorns garnered First Team All-America honors and one won an NCAA title under Hayes, who helped build the nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 ranked recruiting classes in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

Men’s Golf

ECU: The Pirates were named a 2016 All-Academic team, as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America. This is the sixth time since 2009 that the program has posted a team GPA of at least 3.0 to be awarded the honor.

Elon: Junior Charlie May has earned a spot in the 116th U.S. Amateur Championship that runs Aug. 15-21 at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Women’s Golf

UNC: Sophomore Kelly Whaley and junior Lexi Harkins began competition at the US Women’s Amateur Championship Monday.

Wake Forest: Three Deacons are playing this week at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Senior Sierra Sims and freshmen Sierra Brooks and Mathilda Cappeliez are among the 154 players in the field.

Women’s Lacrosse

UNC: The 2016 NCAA champion Tar Heels are an IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad for the 2015-16 academic year, the IWLCA announced. In order to qualify, the team must have posted a 3.0 or higher team grade point average for the year.

Track & Field

ECU: Five Pirates have been named to the 2015-16 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team. To qualify, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and competed in at least one NCAA Championship event while finishing in the top 96 in the standings.

UNC: Twelve Tar Heels were named USTFCCCA All-Academic Individuals for the 2015-16 Track and Field indoor and outdoor seasons.


N.C. State: The National Wrestling Coaches Association named N.C. State its 2016 Gold Standard Award winner at their annual convention this past weekend. The award recognizes the program that had the strongest presence on social media throughout the year.

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