Watkins Sets School Record in Discus at Virginia Challenge
May 9, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Redshirt sophomore SeQuoia Watkins set a new NC State school record in the women's discus with a throw of 180'3" on Friday at the Virginia Challenge.
The Asheville, N.C. native, whose previous career best in the discus was 172'9", catapults into the top 16 in the nation in the event with her throw. Watkins' record-setting heave bested previous NC State record holder Tremanisha Taylor's throw of 179'0" set earlier this year at Raleigh Relays.
Watkins' result, which was the best of the day on both the women's and men's side, also gives the Wolfpack nine student-athletes ranked among the nation's top 30 in 12 individual events so far through the outdoor season.
Placing right behind Watkins on Friday was Nicole Chavis who set a personal best in the discus with a heave of 162'2" to finish in third place in the event. Alyssa Dunn, also competing, registered a ninth place showing with a toss of 133'0"
In the other events on the day, Elizabeth Shuman took second place in the women's high jump, clearing the bar at 1.76m (5'9.25"). Shuman tied with UNC's Emily Godwin for the best jump of the event at 1.76m, but took second place due to Godwin registering a higher second jump.
Kenyetta Iyevbele took home a respectable third-place showing in the women's 800m, while Alexis Perry (13.51) placed sixth in the women's 100m hurdles against a field that included former Olympians Queen Harrison and Lolo Jones. Harrison and Jones finished first and second, respectively.
Jonathan Addison finished seventh place in the finals of the men's 100m dash with a time of 10.66, while Paisley Simmons, competing in the finals of the women's 100m dash, crossed the finish line in sixth place with a time of 12.01.
Amara Bell garnered an eighth-place showing in the women's triple jump, landing in the sandbox after traveling a personal-best distance of 38'04.25"
The Wolfpack will continue competition at the Virginia Challenge tomorrow as Saturday's schedule starts at 1 p.m. with the conclusion of the decathlon and heptathlon. Field and running events begin at 4 p.m.