Men's Track In Second Place at ACC Championships
Raleigh, N.C. – With the first day of the 2007 Indoor ACC Championships in the books, the NC State track and field teams have already recorded some top results. The men’s team is currently in second place only four points off the lead, while the women’s squad is 10thand notched a NCAA Automatic time in the 5,000 meters.
The NC State men’s team is currently in second place with a total of 35 points after six events where scored on the first day of action. Clemson is leading the men’s side with 39 points thus far.
The men’s team was strong in the 5,000 meters, claiming two of the top four spots, and four of the top-14 overall. Wesley Smith earned All-ACC honors as he finished second with a NCAA provisional time of 14:05.56. John Crews just missed All-ACC honors, as he was fourth in 14:23.15. Also in that race, Bryce Ruiz took eighth (14:40.61) and Fredy Torres was 14th (14:53.03).
The men’s DMR also scored points for the Pack, placing fourth with a time of 9:59.81. The team was comprised of John Martinez, Stephen Gardner, Chris Kollar and Tibor Vegh.
The men’s team scored points in three of the field events. Dexter Adams earned All-ACC honors for the second straight year, as he placed second in the long jump with a top mark of 24’03.75”. Also in the jumps, Michael Hill took seventh in the high jump by clearing 6’08”.
In the weight throw, the Pack had two throwers score points. Mitchell Pope took fourth in the event with a top heave of 58’09.25”, while Jason Jones was seventh with his toss of 53’08.50'.
The men’s team also had four runners advanced to the finals tomorrow in various events. Freshman A'Tolani Akinkuotu broke his own school record in the prelims of the 60 meters, as he was fifth with a NCAA provisional time of 6.72. Omar Wells will run in the finals of the 200 meters, as his time of 21.83 in the prelims was fifth. Kevin Hutton advanced in the 400 meters, he was sixth in the prelims (49.07). The final runner to advance was Stephen Furst in the mile, as he placed 10th in 4:13.43.
For the women’s side, Julia Lucas earned All-ACC honors with her performance in the 5,000 meters. Lucas finished second with a time of 16:05.28, recording a NCAA Automatic time by over four seconds. Also in the race, Kristina Roth was seventh in 16:55.08.
The women’s DMR squad of Angelina Blackmon, Georgia Davis, Cassandra Williams and Magin Kebert was ninth.
The women’s team also had a pair of runners advance to the finals in two races tomorrow. Jemissa Hess ran the fastest time in the prelims in the mile, as her time of 4:54.74 was for first place. Joya Rodgers advanced in the 60 meters, as she was fourth in the prelims with a time of 7.51.
For complete results go to www.flashresults.com. Competition will continue tomorrow from Clemson, S.C.