Hill Shatters School Mark; Qualifies for NCAAs
Feb. 12, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. - On a day when the NC State men's and women's indoor track and field teams competed in four different events in three different time zones, Ryan Hill turned in an All-American performance at the Husky Classic in Seattle on Saturday night.
The sophomore from Hickory, N.C., shattered a 20-year-old school record in the 3,000-meter run and posted an NCAA Championship qualifying time of 7:50.78. He finished fourth overall in the event, which included a deep field of more than 120 of the nation's top collegiate and postcollegiate distance runners. He was within a second of overall winner Tim Nelson of Nike, who was followed by Saucony's Garrett Heath, Oregon's Matthew Centrowitz and Hill.
Hill, a three-time All-American in track and cross country, shaved more than five seconds off the previous school record of 7:55.81 set by Bob Henes in 1991. It is also one of the top five times posted in the 3,000 meters this indoor season for an NCAA Division I runner.
Wolfpack teammate Andrew Colley, the only other runner from NC State to compete at the Husky Classic, finished 32nd in the same event with a time of 8:02.71.
On the other side of the country, at the Boston University Valentine Invitational, NC State senior Adam Henken won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:07.33. Henken, a transfer from Kentucky, was running in his first event with the Wolfpack. Teammate Patrick Campbell was 12th in the same event.
In Chapel Hill at the UNC-Dick Taylor Invitational, junior Lawanda Henry bounced back from her worst performance of the season to win both the shot put and the weight throw Saturday afternoon at the Eddie Smith Field House on the UNC campus.
Henry won the shot put with a distance of 49-feet, 7 inches, and followed up with a distance of 60-feet, 9 ½ inches in the weight throw. She now has a total of seven wins in those two events in her six meets this season.
Junior Travis Weston won the Wolfpack's fourth event, taking the triple jump with a leap of 47 feet, 4 ¼ inches.
For the Wolfpack women, junior Amira Chowyuk was third in the 500-meters in a time of 1:40.55, while Ryanna Henderson was second in the 800 meters at 2:16.96. Erika Alpeter was third in the mile at 5:05.13, followed by Halsey Merritt at seventh and Leah Vaughn at eighth.
In Fayetteville, Ark., sophomore T.J. Graham was fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.90 seconds, just two-tenths of a second off the NCAA qualifying mark and his personal best in an indoor meet. Teammate Ben Major also had his best time of the season at 21.30 seconds to finish 13th in the race.
NC State junior Kwame Boatwright was fourth in the men's triple jump, with his best mark of the season at 49-feet, 6 ¼ inches.
Redshirt freshman Christian Council finished 10th in the college men's high jump at 6-feet, 6 ¾ inches, while sophomore Kris Kornegay-Gober was 14th in the invitational section of the men's high jump at 6-feet, 8 ¾ inches.
Sophomore Karimah Shepherd was eighth in the college women's triple jump with a jump of 39-feet, 0 ½.
Husky Classic Results
Tyson Invitational Day 2 Results
UNC-Dick Taylor Invitational Results