Chavis Earns First-Team All-American Honors at NCAA's
March 15, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - With her throw of 69'08.00", NC State sophomore Nicole Chavis finished in sixth-place in the women's weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. on Friday, becoming the first student-athlete in program history to earn first-team All-American honors in the indoor weight throw.
The Lumberton, N.C. native launched a personal-best and NC State indoor record throw, breaking her previous indoor record set two weeks ago at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. She also finished tops amongst the ACC competitors in the field of 16, while also garnering the highest finish of the weight throwers with the class distinction of sophomore.
"I'm really proud of the indoor season that I had this year," Chavis said. "Coach Tom Wood and I have worked endlessly trying to adjust to different throwing rings and how my throw has changed in itself. To finish in sixth and become a first-team All-American is a dream come true. My parents, my coaches, and many others had more faith in me than I had at times. To become the first All-American in the indoor weight throw at NC State is such an honor. I hope to make my parents, coaches and NC State community even more proud in the years to come."
Chavis, who came into the NCAA Indoor Championships ranked 14th in the nation in the weight throw, moved up nine spots two weeks prior by virtue of her record-setting performance that garnered a silver medal and an All-ACC nomination at the ACC Indoor Championships.
The sixth-place finish tonight marks the highest finish ever by a student-athlete in the indoor weight throw at NC State and is the first time anyone has finished in the top-ten in the event for the Pack at the NCAA Championships.
Tremanisha Taylor will compete tomorrow in the shot put for the Wolfpack. The school record-holder in both the indoor and outdoor shot put will start competition at 8 p.m. EST. Live streaming of the NCAA Indoor Championships will be on ESPN3 starting at 7:50 p.m. (EST).
A tape-delayed telecast of the championship will air Saturday, March 22, starting at 6:30 p.m. (EST) on ESPNU. On-air talent includes Dwight Stones (play-by-play), Larry Rawson (analyst) and Jill Montgomery (sideline reporter).