Miltenberg signed 16 for track and field/cross country

CHAPEL HILL, NC—The University of North Carolina track and field and cross-country programs will welcome 16 new Tar Heels to Chapel Hill for the 2023-24 academic year, Head Coach Chris Miltenberg announced on Tuesday.

The talented group consists of nine men and seven women and specialists in a mix of events.

The men’s signers are Kathir Balakrishnan (sprints/hurdles) of Sunnyvale, Calif., Noah Breker (distance) of North Plymouth, Minnesota, James Bryant (throws) of Janesville, Wisconsin, Mac Conwell (distance) of Mobile, Ala. , Killian Fahy (sprints) from Waxhaw, NC, Jacob Laney (distance) from Matthews, NC, Jaylen Marsh (sprints) from Atlanta, Georgia, Reece Morgan (sprints) from Waxhaw, NC) and Joe Sapone (distance) from Atlanta , ga

For women, the latest tar heels are Evie Culbreath (distance) of Broomfield, Colorado, Megan Kelleghan (pole vault) of Longmount, Colorado, Emily Lamontagne (distance) of Centennial, Colorado, Delea Martins (sprints) of Shorewood, Wisconsin, Ciara O ‘Shea (distance) from Richmond, Kentucky and Spencer Young (litters) from Los Angeles, California.

Read on to learn more about each of the new Tar Heels and why they chose to be part of the North Carolina family.

2022 UNC Track & Field/Cross Country signee
Event Name(s) Hometown High School
Kathir Balakrishnan Sprints/Hurders Sunnyvale, California Fremont
Noah Breker Distance/XC North Plymouth Minnesota Robbinsdale Armstrong
James Bryant throws Janesville, Wis. parkers
Mac Conwell Distance/XC Mobile, Ala. St Paul’s Episcopal
Killian Fahy sprints Waxhaw, NC Cuthbertson
Jacob Laney Distance/XC Matthews, NC Porter Ridge
Jaylen Marsh sprints Atlanta, Georgia Carrollton
Reece Morgan sprints Waxhaw, NC Cuthbertson
Joe Sapone Distance/XC Atlanta, Georgia Holy Innocents Episcopal School

Event Name(s) Hometown High School
Evie Culbreath Combined Events Lookout Mountain, Tennessee Baylor School
Maelynn Higgins Distance/XC Broomfield, Colorado Broomfield
Megan Kelleghan pole vault Longmount, Colo. Silver Creek
Emily Lamontagne Distance/XC Centennial, Colorado Arapahoe
Delea Martins Sprints Shorewood, Wis. Shorewood
Ciara O’Shea Distance/XC Richmond, Ky. Madison Central
Spencer Young throws Los Angeles, California, Marlborough School

Why I chose Carolina


Kathir Balakrishnan: “I chose UNC for its competitive yet family culture. His academic and sporting excellence suits me perfectly.”

Noah Breaker: “I chose North Carolina because the combined level of academics, athletics, coaching and team spirit is unmatched anywhere else.”

James Bryant: “UNC is the perfect balance between the ideal college life and the best academic education one can get. In addition, UNC also allows you to compete at the highest level of athletics.”

MacConwell: “I chose Carolina because both my sporting and my academic future are possible there. In my eyes there is nothing that compares.”

Evie Culbreath: “There are several reasons why I chose Carolina. The coaching staff has a proven track record that I am pleased to be a part of. The school’s academic excellence along with the location and the many happy students on campus made the decision easy for me. I can’t wait to start my career and academic career on this amazing campus.”

Killian Fahy: “I have chosen to make the University of North Carolina my home for the next four years because it is one of the best academic schools in the country. In addition, UNC has a very competitive athletics program and I believe I can grow as an athlete here.”

Megan Kelleghan: “I am delighted to have chosen UNC for its highly rated academic and sporting activities. I look forward to being part of the athletics program and continuing the pole vault!”

Emily Lamontagne: “I chose Carolina because of the positive team and coaching atmosphere, as well as the impressive academic reputation.”

Jacob Laney: “From the moment I first met coaches Miltenberg and Moini, their energy was infectious! They are both very excited to build something special and bring home a championship. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of it and at the same time receive a top-notch education!”

Jaylen March: “I chose UNC to come to UNC because of the variety of students, the great environment and the general feeling of home. I look forward to calling Chapel Hill my new home!

Delea Martins: “I chose UNC because it is a great academic school and when I went there I fell in love with the university and the track and field team.”

Reece Morgan: “As soon as I paid my visit, I knew UNC was where I wanted to be. From the team to the academics and coaching to the facilities, it had everything I needed to be a successful student athlete. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and blessed to be in the position that I am in.”

Ciara O’Shea: “I chose Carolina after getting to know the coaching staff and team and seeing first hand the family atmosphere they have created here. This team aims to be the best and is the only one I want to be a small part of.”

Joe Sapone: “I chose North Carolina because the coaches and team share the same vision as I do, as well as the school’s academic opportunities and reputation.”

Spencer Young: “When I was making a decision about my college education and my sporting future, I wanted a place close to my family. But throughout my time there, I realized that family can be found in the most unlikely of places. Even two time zones away, I, an LA kid, can find family in NC.”