February 2014 was another great month for Hurricane sports! Looking back over the top news stories of February, many Canes players, coaches and teams excelled and accomplished some great things. History was made, records were broken and rivals were beaten as the Canes thrilled the fans. Here are five stories that stood out last month.
Lauryn Williams wins silver medal at the Sochi Olympics.
For a while there it looked like former Canes track star Lauryn Williams would become the first Olympic athlete to win a gold medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympics in over 80 years. Although she had to settle for the silver medal, she became only the fifth athlete to medal in both Olympics. Simply amazing! And while the Gator Chomp and Seminoles Tomahawk Chop were nowhere to be seen, the whole world saw Williams flashing The U! Check out the interview she did with State of The U!
National Signing Day; Miami finishes in the Top Ten.
Thanks to the Penn State coaching search fiasco, the 2014 class slipped down the rankings a bit, but no one can deny how Coach Al Golden did a great job in pulling in the class that he did. With the NCAA mess behind us, it is only going to get better. Here are some reactions to the class.
Canes Baseball win the series against the Florida Gators.
For the first time since 2009, the Canes baseball team won a series against the Florida Gators. Although the Canes missed a chance for a sweep, the Canes are showing some signs that they just might have the team to make it back to Omaha for the first time in six years. They also beat undefeated Florida State on the last day of the month. Not only do the Canes have a great chance at extending their postseason streak, but things could be very interesting in the ACC this year.
Football/Track star Artie Burns sets American junior record in 60-meter hurdles.
Cornerback Artie Burns has been tearing up the track this spring, joining the track team to not only record the fastest time in 38 years for American juniors in the 60-meter hurdles, but he also grabbed the title at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships.
Rion Brown scores 1,000th point for Canes basketball.
It’s been a rough season for senior Rion Brown. After seeing the heights of an ACC championship and NCAA Sweet Sixteen last year, he has had to lead an inexperienced team through a trying 2013-'14 season. With the Canes struggling to stay above .500 and hope for a NIT berth, Brown has evolved into the leader that coach Jim Larranaga was hoping for. His efforts were rewarded when he became only the 35th player in Canes basketball history to score 1,000 points in his career.
Alex Fernandez and Mike Fiore selected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Women’s basketball defeated 6th-ranked North Carolina.
Women’s tennis’ Stephanie Wagner is named ACC Player of the Week.