Track & Field Impressive at High Point Challenge
Feb. 6, 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The NC State track and field team totaled a season-high 11 first-place finishes to go along with 24 top-five finishes as 36 Wolfpack student-athletes competed in 14 different events on Thursday night at the High Point University Challenge in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Elizabeth Shuman won the women's high jump for the third time this year with a leap of 1.75 meters, while Tremanisha Taylor continued her dominance in the women's shot put, claiming her third first-place award on the season with a throw of 15.43m.
Emily Pritt took home top prize in the women's 3000m run with a time of 9:31.21, marking the third different event Pritt has earned the top spot in this year.
Graham Crawford garnered two first-place finishes on the night, teaming with Craig Engels, Vibushan Sivakumaran and Brian Davis to win the men's distance medley with a time of 9:56.29, while also adding a first-place nod in the men's 800m.
Amara Bell and Ryanna Henderson each captured top honors in the women's long jump (Bell, 5.45m) and the women's 800m (Henderson, 2:12.17), while Jonathan Addison added two first-place finishes to his ledger in both the men's 60m dash (6.97) and the men's high jump (2.05m).
Paisley Simmons crossed the finish line in the women's 60m dash in 7.77 seconds, marking the third time this year the freshman from High Point, N.C. has finished in first place in the 60m dash. Simmons also added a second-place finish in the 200m dash (25.49).
Alexis Perry garnered her seventh top-five showing on the season, finishing in second-place (7.82) behind Simmons in the 60m dash. Sharese Roberts (7.88) and Tatyana Glasgow (7.93) finished in fourth-place and eighth-place in the 60m dash as well.
Taylor-Haynes (8.44, third) and Josh Gandy (8.65, fourth) added a pair of top-five finishes for the Pack in the men's 60m hurdles, while Cooper (23.24) and Barbour (24.46) finished in fourth-place and 11th-place in the men's 200m dash. Erin Jenkins, also competing for State, finished in 10th with a time of 24.10.
SeQuoia Watkins (13.26m) and Alyssa Dunn (12.97) garnered a third-place and a fourth-place finish in the women's shot put, while Joanna Thompson (9:36.85, third), Kaitlyn Kramer (9:50.12, sixth), Samantha Norman (9:56.49, eighth) and Erin Mercer (10:03.89, ninth) all notched top-ten finishes in the women's 3000m run.
Jacob Thomson, competing unattached for NC State, finished in second-place in the men's 3000m along with fellow Wolfpack runners Sam Roberson (8:28.08, fifth), Bakri Abushouk (8:28.92, seventh place unattached), Nick Link (8:31.85, 10th place unattached) and Michael Mansy (8:32.48, 11th).
In the women's 800m run, Megan Moye, competing for the second time this year, finished in second-place behind teammate Ryanna Henderson while Esther Fisher (sixth), Jentzen Jones (eighth) and Erin Foshee (19th) rounded out the five NC State runners competing in the event.
In the men's 800m, Clay Jones finished in fourth-place, running unattached, with a time of 1:58.95.
The Wolfpack will now head to Blacksburg, Va. to compete in the Virginia Tech Elite Meet, set for Feb. 7-8.