Cozzarelli and Watkins take second place in their respective events
All-American distance runners Ryan Hill and Julia Lucas will both run in the finals of the men's and women's 5,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials Thursday in Eugene, Ore.
Former Wolfpack All-American and two-time ACC champion runs today in the women's 5,000 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. NC State's Ryan Hill and Stephan Furst will also run in the men's 5,000 meters.
Head coach Rollie Geiger will welcome a highly regarded class of 17 men's and women's track and cross country athletes next fall. Fourteen of the 17 newcomers are from the state of North Carolina and 10 will run cross country as well as track.
Laurie Henes enters her 21st year on the NC State track and field staff. An NC State graduate, Henes was an NCAA champion and a multiple All-American and All-ACC performer. Since joining the Wolfpack coaching staff, Henes has guided NC State's female distance runners to 26 All-America certificates and 27 ACC Championships on the track.
Henes once again proved her ability to train, coach and unveil some of the top women's distance runners in the country in 2013 when Joanna Thompson became the third All-American in as many years in the women's 10,000 meters under her tutelage. Henesguided Andie Cozzarelli to second-team All-American honors in the 10,000 meters in 2011 and 2012 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Cozzarelli also earned All-ACC honors in the outdoor 10,000 meters for the third straight season at the 2013 ACC Outdoor Championships.
In all, Henes produced three dual-NCAA Regional qualifiers for the 2013 outdoor season in Cozzarelli (5,000m and 10,000m), Thompson (5,000m and 10,000m) and Erin Mercer (5,000m and steeplechase), while also guiding Norman to a qualification in the steeplechase.
In the 2014 season, Henes coached Thompson (5,000m and 10,000m), Norman and Mercer (steeplechase) to their second NCAA East Regional, and freshman Erika Kemp to her first regional in the 5,000m.
Before helping freshman Kenyetta Iyevbele to first-team All-America honors in the 800 meters and both the U.S. Junior and Pan Am Championships in 2011, Henes was also instrumental in coaching Julia Lucas to back-to-back ACC championships in the outdoor 5,000 meters in 2006 and 2007. She also coached Angelina Blackmon to the ACC crown in the 800 meters at the 2008 indoor meet.
Promoted to head coach of the women's cross country team in 2006, she works primarily with the middle distance and distance women on the track.
In cross country, she's led the Pack to nine ACC titles, three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, including a national runner-up finish in 2001, and has coached 12 All-Americans and four ACC champions.
Henes was honored as the 2006 ACC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year and the 2007 Southeast Region Coach of the Year in cross country. Her top pupil, Kristin Price, was a 10-time All-American (twice in cross country) and six-time ACC champion, including the NCAA championship in 2002 in the 10,000 meters.
During her illustrious collegiate career, the former Laurie Gomez earned eight All-America citations in track (six) and cross country (twice). She was All-ACC in each of her four years, earning the honor four times in cross country and three times in track.
Henes was one of the nation's top female distance runners, and represented the U.S. at the World Track & Field Championships in Sweden in 1995 after placing second in the 10,000 meters at the USATF nationals.
A finalist at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 10,000 meters, Henes missed a spot on the United States Olympic team by just two places.
In addition to her athletic success, Henes was awarded the ACC's Marie James Scholarship and a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She won the H.C. Kennett Award as NC State's outstanding female athlete for the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons, the only female athlete ever to win the award in back-to-back seasons.
Henes earned a B.A. degree in history from NC State in 1992. She has also completed the coursework for a master's degree in sports management while serving as an assistant coach.
She is married to Bob Henes, a former Pack All-American in track and cross country. Laurie and Bob have two daughters, Elly and Jordan.