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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

News in Brief for March 28, 2018

Nicole Greene wins national title in dramatic fashion

In an unprecedented seven-round jump off, Carolina’s Nicole Greene won the women’s high jump at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 9 in the Gilliam Indoor Stadium at Texas A&M.

In so doing, she became the second Tar Heel to take home the NCAA title in the event since Sheena Gordon won it in 2006. She also became the program’s first national champion since 2007.

A jump off is the sport’s version of sudden death in which the final two competitors jump at consecutively lower heights. The winner is decided when one clears the bar and the other doesn’t.

Facing Greene in the jump off was Loretta Blaut of the University of Cincinnati. It turned into an endurance test, said Carolina Head Coach Harlis Meaders.

Over the first four heights—6 feet 2¾ inches (1.90 meters), 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 meters), 6 feet 1¼ inches (1.86 meters), 6 feet ½ inch (1.84 meters)—neither competitor was able to clear the bar. Finally, each cleared 5 feet 11½ inches (1.82 meters) before both missed 6 feet ½ inch (1.84 meters) again.

With the competition once again at 5 feet 11½ inches (1.82 meters) after both athletes had jumped 15 times,  Blaut missed it. Greene was up.

The height was lower than Greene’s personal best of 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 meters), but it was of greater difficulty given her level of fatigue. When she cleared the bar, she claimed the national title.

“The jump off is something that happens in our sport,” Meaders said. “But I’ve never seen it happen at this magnitude where there are so many bars and so many opportunities to win it or lose it.” 

Davis Library project shuts down floors 5 and 6

Floors 5 and 6 in Davis Library are the next areas affected by a building-wide infrastructure project now underway.

Floor 6 closed during the spring break and floor 5 closed March 24. Both will remain closed into the summer.

Several centers with offices on floors 5 and 6 of Davis Library have temporarily relocated, as follows:

Ancient World Mapping Center—to room 3053
Carolina Seminars—to room 216
Epigraphy Room—to room 4053
Meanwhile, floor 8 has reopened, and floor 7 is tentatively set to reopen at the end of March.

Staff will retrieve books from closed areas upon request, usually within 2 to 3 business days. Use the “Request” button in the library catalog or visit the Library’s Carolina BLU delivery service page to place a request.

For questions about library operations, services, and materials during the project, contact Joe Williams at or 919-962-1301. 

Signs of spring

On the Ides of March, warm winds wafted the North Carolina state flag on its pole at South Building. But March was both lion and lamb as a sometimes warm winter turned into a chilly spring.