Track & Field Returns to Virginia Tech This Weekend
Jan. 24, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - For the second-straight week, the NC State track and field team will travel to Blacksburg, Va., this time, to compete in the Hokie Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26.
The men's team, ranked 19th nationally in the latest USTFCCCA poll, has been led by senior high jumper Kris Kornegay-Gober's back-to-back victories in his first two meets of the indoor season. The Washington, D.C., native set the school record with a 7’ 4.25” measurement to open the season, before taking first place at the Virginia Tech Invitational with a 7’ 2.25” leap last weekend.
Redshirt sophomore John Wolfe is coming off a first-place performance in the 3,000-meter run at the Dick Taylor Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C., leading a group of five Wolfpack runners across the finish line with at 9:09.71. Redshirt sophomore Michael Mansy placed second in the race with a time of 9:16.68.
In the sprints, freshman Brian Davis recorded a third-place finish (49.76) in the 400-meter run at the Virginia Tech Invitational last weekend. Senior Daniel Fretz also posted a sub-50-second time in the event with a 49.98 clocking.
For the women's team, perhaps there has been no one better than senior jumper Karimah Shepherd after the first two indoor meets of the season. Shepherd is undefeated in the horizontal jumps after winning the triple jump at the JDL Fast Track Kick-Off and taking the top spot in both the triple jump (41' 3.25") and the long jump (19' 3.50") in Blacksburg, Va., last weekend.
Junior Elizabeth Shuman completed the NC State's sweep in the jumps with a 5' 7.00" hop over the bar in the women's high jump. Redshirt senior Danielle Adams also performed well in the event, finishing tied for second with a 5' 5.00" jump.
Several throwers posted solid outings in Chapel Hill, as redshirt freshman Tremanisha Taylor won the women's shot put with a 51-foot hurl. The Pack fared well in the women's weight throw, placing three among the top-five performers in the event. Redshirt freshman Nicole Chavis' recorded a personal-best 61' 7.00" toss, and was followed up by sophomore SeQuoia Watkins' fourth-place throw (53' 3.00") and Taylor's fifth-place finish (52' 6.00").
A full schedule of events at the Hokie Invitational schedule can be found here.