NC State Concludes Successful Raleigh Relays Weekend
March 30, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The weather was near perfect, the stands were filled, and the fans’, athletes’ and coaches’ excitement complemented an historic weekend as the NC State track & field program closed out the annual Raleigh Relays Saturday at the Paul H. Derr Track.
The event was one of the most successful in its history, as approximately 3,000 athletes from a meet record 84 NCAA programs around the country competed in the two-day spectacle.
“There were some big-time track & field programs here and the stands were completely full,” said head coach Rollie Geiger. “It was an incredible meet. This was – without question – one of the biggest and one of the best events in the country.”
The weather for the final day of competition was practically flawless, consisting of partly-cloudy skies, lots of sunshine and temperatures in the mid-to-high 60’s for the duration of the day.
“We’ve never had weather better than this,” Geiger said. “If you’re a middle-distance or distance runner, you’re looking for cooler temperatures. It was perfect for that last night. If you’re in the sprints, throws or jumps, you’re looking for a warmer temperature. It couldn’t have been better across the board for the athletes.”
Running unattached, junior Kenyetta Iyevbele raced to a third-place finish in the women’s 800-meter dash with a time of 2:06.63, while freshman Alexis Perry finished sixth overall in the women’s 100-meter hurdle finals with a time of 13.85.
One day after taking top honors in the women’s long jump, senior Karimah Shepherd recorded a fourth-place finish in the women’s triple jump with a 40’ 8.75” leap.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team recorded a season-best time with a 3:12.77, as seniors Daniel Fretz and Austin Jackson ran the first two legs, respectively, followed by sophomore Kevin Permenter and freshman Brian Davis.
Fretz’s first leg of the race put the Wolfpack in good standing, propelling the squad to a second-place finish in its section.
“As a whole, I was happy,” Fretz said. “That was the fastest relay I’ve been a part of and it was even more special to do it on our home track and in front of friends and family. It’s not too long until the conference [ACC Championships] meet, so we wanted to earn a good seeding time. I thought it was really important to set us up for the rest of the season.”
On the day, one women’s record fell when Michigan broke a 15-year-old Derr Track record in the women’s 4x800m race with a time of 8:33.54 to win the event, while Tennessee also broke the mark, but finished second at 8:35.06. The previous record was held by a group representing Reebok Enclave in 1998, which ran an 8:37.41.
“I think NC State hosted a great event,” said Geiger. “My compliments go to the university and the athletic department.”
Competing at the Stanford Invitational on the west coast, senior Andie Cozzarelli and sophomore Joanna Thompson competed in the women’s 10,000-meter event. Cozzarelli turned in an 18th-place finish at 33:47.46, while Thompson notched a personal best in the event at 33:52.62 to finish 21st overall, in a field that was loaded with some of the nation’s top professional and collegiate 10K runners.
NC State will return to competition next Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, when it participates in the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C., and the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla.
Men’s 100-meter dash
Men’s 200-meter dash
Men’s 800-meter run
Men’s Hammer Throw
Women’s 100-meter hurdles
Women’s 200-meter dash
Women’s 800-meter run
Women’s Triple Jump
Women’s Hammer Throw
Women’s 10,000-meter run