Colley Sets Career-Best in 3,000m
Feb. 22, 2014
SOUTH BEND, Ind./CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - NC State senior distance runner Andrew Colley finished in first place in the men's 3,000 meter run at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. on Saturday, setting a new career-best in the event with a time of 7:58.87.
The three-time All-ACC and two-time All-American track performer finished nearly 22 seconds ahead of second place, while moving to No. 24 nationally in the men's 3,000m.
Graham Crawford, also competing in the Alex Wilson Invite, secured a fifth-place mark in the men's one mile event with a career-best time of 4:00.56.
In addition to the Alex Wilson, 15 Wolfpack track and field student-athletes competed in the Dennis Craddock Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday, garnering three firsts, two seconds and 11 top-five finishes, overall.
Nicole Chavis took home top honors in the women's weight throw for the second consecutive week and fifth time overall this season. After setting the new NC State school record last week in the UCS Invitational, Chavis finished in first this week with a throw of 20.19m.
SeQuoia Watkins, competing in her 13th and 14th events on the year, a Wolfpack team-high, finished in third place in the women's weight throw (17.59m) and fifth in shot put (12.57m). Alyssa Dunn, also competing for State in the women's shot put, came in fourth place with a result of 12.86m.
Ryanna Henderson captured the top spot in the women's 800m with a time of 2:13.73, marking the second time she has finished in first place in the 800m this year.
In the men's weight throw, Jule Rich registered a distance of 19.57m to finish in first place, the fourth such time the Cumberland, Va. native has done so on the year. Rich added a second place finish in the shot put to the Wolfpack ledger with a throw of 15.87m, while Nathaniel Williams tied his season-best result in the weight throw with a third place finish (17.76m).
Kaitlyn Kramer, running unattached, finished in first place in the women's one mile run with a time of 4:53.66. Samantha George, (4:56.01, unattached), Olivia Enright (5:04.97) and Esther Fisher (5:07.75) finished in third, sixth and seventh place, respectively, for the Pack.
Colleen McGuire finished in second place in the women's 200 meter dash with a sprint of 26.05, a season-best for the senior from West End, N.C. in terms of individual events. Sharese Roberts, competing in the women's 400m, came in third place with a time of 58.45.
Additionally, McGuire and Roberts, both competing in the women's 60 meter dash for the second time this year, finished in seventh and eighth place, respectively, in that event with times of 7.88 (McGuire) and 7.90 (Roberts).
Caitlynn Filla finished a season-best third place in the women's high jump (1.60m) for the Wolfpack on Saturday, while William Taylor-Haynes and Josh Gandy, competing in the 60m men's hurdles, came across the finish line in third place (Taylor-Haynes, 8.45) and fifth place (Gandy, 8.57).
In the men's 400m dash, Erin Jenkins (52.88) registered a 13th place finish while Gandy came in at 18th place with a time of 53.65.