Former All-American Stanford distance runners Alex Ostberg and Thomas Ratcliffe will reunite with their former Cardinal head coach, Chris Miltenberg, at North Carolina, the school announced on Thursday.
Ratcliffe has one season each of cross country, indoor and outdoor track eligibility while Ostberg has just one outdoor track season.
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Ostberg is a four-time individual All-American, including three times in cross country. He owns PRs of 3:59.31 (mile), 7:49.01 (3,000m) and 13:42.44 (5,000m).
Ratcliffe immediately slots in as the Tar Heels’ projected No. 1 runner for this upcoming fall. Before struggling to a 183rd place finish at NCAAs last November, the junior finished top 10 in his four other cross country races in 2019.
His standout performance is from the 2019 outdoor track season, however, and he figures to be a prominent factor for UNC there as well. Ratcliffe, who has endured multiple injuries throughout his collegiate career, pulled off a remarkable comeback last spring by placing third in the NCAA Outdoor 5,000m in Austin. His 13:32.81 PR is also from 2019.
Miltenberg left Palo Alto for Chapel Hill in the summer of 2019 after seven seasons as the Director of Track and Field and head men's cross country coach at Stanford.