Track Heads to Boston for ACC Championships
Feb. 22, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State veteran track coach Rollie Geiger has three goals for this weekend’s ACC Indoor Track Championships, which begin on Thursday in Boston: to score points in as many events as possible, produce All-ACC and conference champions and qualify more athletes for next month’s NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho.
“Those are always our individual goals,” Geiger said. “As a team, we want to score as many points as possible while doing those other things.”
Each event in the three-day meet earns as many as 10 points, in a descending order. The Wolfpack will send 21 men and 21 women to the event, which will be held at the Reggie Lewis Track Center at Roxbury Community College in Boston.
The meet begins on Thursday with multi-events. Friday’s events will be live streamed at the above link from 3 p.m. until 7:45 p.m., while Saturday’s events will be broadcast from noon until 4 p.m. Live results are available here.
“We want to score in double figures in as many events as we can,” Geiger said. “That generally means having multiple people scoring in each event.”
Last year, the Wolfpack men finished third at the ACC Indoor Championships, while the women were eighth.
Ryan Hill is the defending ACC champion in the 3,000 meters. Earlier this season, he broke his own ACC and school record in the event by posting a time of 7:43.08 at the Flotrack Husky Classic in Seattle.
Hill also set the school record in the mile run with a time of 3:58.33 and was considering running both events at the ACC meet. But since the mile has both a qualifying and final round, Geiger prefers to run him in the 3,000 meters, which only has one round, and as the anchor leg of the DMR.
The relay team will consist of senior Bobby Moldovan leading off the 1,200 meters, junior Daniel Fretz in the 400 meters, freshman Vibushan Sivakumaran in the 800 meters and Hilll in the 1,600 meters.
The men also have a total of five of the 16 entries in the fastest section of the 3,000 meters, with Hill, Moldovan, junior Patrick Campbell and sophomore Matt Sonnenfeldt and redshirt freshman Matt Schick.
Junior Kris Kornegay-Gober is a two-time All-ACC selection in the high jump and will be looking to improve on his best mark of the season, which is 7-feet, 2-1/4 inches, to qualify for the NCAAs. Freshman Rueben Malone and junior Kwame Boatwright have also performed well in the triple jump.
Throwers Jule Rich, a redshirt freshman, and Nathaniel Williams, a sophomore, are potential scorers in both the shot put and the weight throw, while sophomore Grant Pearce has also performed well in the weight throw.
For the Wolfpack women, Geiger expects strong contributions from junior Erin Mercer in the mile and both redshirt freshman Laura Hoer and freshman Joanna Thompson in the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters.
Sophomore Kenyetta Iyevbele, an outdoor All-American in the 800 meters last season, and senior Tiayonna Blackmon have posted strong times in the 800 this season and hope to bring home ACC honors in their event.
The women jumpers have also excelled all season long, with Karimah Shepherd looking to get an NCAA qualifying mark in the triple jump and long jump and both junior Danielle Adams and Elizabeth Shuman looking to improve their season-best mark of 5-feet, 5-inches.
Senior thrower Lawanda Henry was an All-ACC selection as the runner-up in the shot put at last year’s ACC meet. She won the indoor title in 2010 and back-to-back outdoor titles as a freshman and sophomore. She is joined by redshirt freshmen Tremanisha Taylor and Kortney Pearce.