Wolfpack women's team finishes third at ACC Outdoor Championships
A record number of teams and entries highlight memorable meet
NC State will host ACC Outdoor Championships in 2013
Eric Broadbent hired as the new sprint and multi-event coach
Junior Ryan Hil broke his own school record in the men's 5,000 meters, while former All-American Julia Lucas was nipped at the finish line for third place in the women's 5,000 meters.
Since taking over the NC State men's and women's track and field programs in 1985, Rollie Geiger has guided the Wolfpack to unprecedented heights. The men's team has won seven ACC championships and has three ACC runner-up finishes. The Wolfpack women have had two ACC runner-up finishes, and both squads have sent athletes to the NCAA Championships every year.
Geiger will embark upon his 35th year at NC State with the start of the 2014 season. He served as distance coach for the track and field team from 1979-84 and was elevated to head coach starting with the 1984-85 school year.
Since the beginning of Geiger's reign as the head track and field coach, 69 Wolfpack athletes have earned 144 track and field All-America citations.
That seemingly endless list of All-Americans grew even larger in 2013 when the track and field produced 12 more All-America performances between in the indoor and outdoor seasons. Karimah Shepherd earned dual All-America citations in both the indoor and outdoor seasons in the women's long and triple jumps for four total awards, while Ryan Hill collected three more (men's mile, 1500m and 3,000m) and Andrew Colley (men's 5,000m), Nathaniel Williams (men's discus), Kris Kornegay-Gober (men's high jump) Joanna Thompson (women's 10,000m) and Tremanisha Taylor (women's shot put) each earned one during the indoor or outdoor seasons.
Under Geiger's tutelage, Hill became perhaps the greatest distance runner in NC State history.Hill capped his collegiate career in 2013 with 10 total All-America awards between track (7) and cross country (3), and not only obliterated his own NC State record in the mile, but also the North Carolina record in the mile run with a 3:54.89 clocking at the 106th Millrose Games.Hill broke a 39-year-old ACC topping UNC's Tony Waldrop, who's 3:55 time was set in 1974. Hill's time was the fourth-fastest ever by a collegian and the second-fastest by an American college runner.
Included in that group of All-Americans are seven NCAA champions. In 2002, Kristin Price won the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Championships, the Wolfpack's first individual title since 1993. NC State's 4x100 relay quartet of Auguston Young, Alston Glenn, Danny Peebles, and Harvey McSwain claimed the 1985 NCAA title, and in 1993 Tyrell Taitt captured the national championship in the outdoor triple jump. In 1991, Laurie Henes (current NC State track assistant coach and women's cross country head coach) captured the NCAA 5,000-meter championship. Geiger was also on the coaching staff and worked extensively with Betty Springs when she won the NCAA 5,000- and 10,000-meter championships in 1983.
During his career, Geiger has coached five athletes to U.S. collegiate or national records -- Betty Springs for the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, Kathy Ormsby for the 10,000 meters, Suzie Tuffey to an American junior record at 5,000 meters, Jeff Warrick to a national high school record at 1,500 meters and, last summer, Kenyetta Iyevbele to the U.S.A. Junior National Championship in the 800 meters.
In addition, Geiger has coached athletes to international prominence, including sprinter Kevin Braunskill (1988) and jumper Neil Chance (1992), who won the 200-meter dash and long jump, respectively, at the World Junior Championships. Braunskill also picked up a bronze medal at 200 meters at the World University Games in 1989. Iyevbele won the Pan Am Junior title at last year's Pan Am Junior Games.
At the junior national level, Geiger helped place Lynn Strauss (3,000-meter run), Gavin Gaynor (steeplechase), Chris Corcoran (javelin), and Chris Dugan (steeplechase) on the United States National team in 1983, '84, '91 and '98 respectively. Under Geiger, javelin thrower Eric Schoenborn became a member of the '85 United States National team, and Emmanuel and Reggie Barnes joined Chance as members of Team USA in 1992.
Geiger has also been head coach of the Wolfpack's ACC men's cross country dynasty since 1982, and served as the head coach of the women's cross country squad from 1982-2004 as well, winning 15 ACC men's championships and 17 ACC women's championships. His men's cross country team has won 12 of the last 17 ACC cross country titles, including the 2011 championship.
NC State women's cross country has made more NCAA Championships appearances than any other school in the country with 28, and had 10 national top-10 finishes under Geiger, including five top-five finishes in six years from 1983-88. The Wolfpack men have finished in the national top 10 a total of 10 times since 1987, including a 10th-place finish in 2011. Both squads finished in the top 10 in 2003, with the women placing sixth and the men taking 10th. Nine men and women have won individual ACC cross country championships under Geiger's tutelage, and two women, Betty Springs in 1983 and Suzie Tuffey in 1985, won individual national championships.
In the classroom, Geiger's teams have exemplified what student-athletes are supposed to be. Brian Himelright became the latest recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 2013, and the 22nd in program history since the creation of the scholarships in 1964. In the winter of 2007, both Georgia Davis and Jemissa Hess were awarded the James-Weaver-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship by the ACC, giving Geiger 14 student-athletes to receive that honor.
Furst, now a volunteer assistant for the track and field team, was named the ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year after a tremendous senior season under Geiger's guidance and was also a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner with fellow senior Vegh in 2007.
During Geiger's remarkable tenure as an assistant and head coach in cross country, NC State's teams have built a tradition matched only by several programs nationally, combining to win 34 Atlantic Coast Conference team championships and 19 individual ACC championships.
In addition, Geiger has won six conference championships in track and field since taking over that program in 1984, giving him a conference-record 40 ACC championship teams between track and cross country. Despite turning over the women's team to Laurie Henes prior to the 2006 season,Geiger's men's cross country teams have won 15 ACC championships, the latest coming in 2011. The men's program has won 12 conference championships in the last 17 years, and 14 in the last 21. At the national level, Geiger's men's teams have earned nine national top-10 finishes, including an eighth-place finish in 1998, a third-place finish in 1999, a ninth-place finish in 2001, and a pair 10th-place finishes in 2003 and 2011.
Well-known nationally, Geiger has coached at the United States Olympic Festival and in 1987 was named coach of the United States National team for the World Cross Country Championships. He has also been a featured speaker at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Prior to coming to Raleigh, Geiger led a perennial powerhouse program at Bayshore High School in Bradenton, Fla. His teams consistently placed in the top 10 at the state, with individuals placing in every event.
A 1971 graduate of Kent State University, Geiger was a three-time letterwinner in track and cross country. He majored in health education and received a minor in psychology. He is married to the former Betty Springs, one of the finest runners in NC State history, as she was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. They have two children, Rachel and Trey, both of whom attend NC State.
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