Track Looks For Last-Chance Qualifiers
March 2, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - In a final attempt to get qualifying marks for next week's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, select NC State men's and women's track and field athletes will participate in three different meets on Saturday.
Senior All-ACC thrower Lawanda Henry will travel to Alabama for the High Tide Qualifier at the Birmingham CrossPlex, a recently opened indoor track center. Henry is looking to improve on her best marks of 61-feet, 4 ¾-inches in the weight throw and 51-feet, 10 ½-inches in the shot put.
Senior distance runner Bobby Moldovan will go to New York to run in the mile 6:45 p.m. on Saturday at the Columbia Last Chance Meet at the Armory. Moldovan is looking to hit the automatic qualifying mark of 3:57.90.
Next week's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho, will take everyone with automatic qualifying marks and anyone else in the top 16 with ties in each individual event.
A group of Wolfpack athletes also will travel to Blacksburg, Va., for the Virginia Tech Last Chance Qualifier at Rector Field House.
Junior All-ACC performer Karimah Shepherd will compete in the women's long jump, aiming for the automatic qualifying time of 21-feet, 2 ¼-inches, while junior Jazueline Daniels will try for the 43-feet, 7 ¾-inches needed to qualify in the women's triple jump.
Iyevbele will try to do something similar to last spring, when she qualified for the NCAA Regional preliminaries in a last chance meet, advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships and earned first-team All-American honors in the 800 meters as a true freshman.
Freshman Vibushan Sivakumaran will also compete for the Wolfpack men in the 800 meters, looking to reach the qualifying time of 1:47.30.
The Wolfpack already has one automatic qualifier for next week's meet in junior Ryan Hill, whose school-record time of 7:43.08 in the 3,000 meters is the fastest time by any NCAA Division I runner this season and one of the fastest ever run by a collegiate runner. Hill won a pair of ACC championships last weekend in Roxbury, Mass., in the 3,000 meters and in the distance medley relay.
Junior Kris Kornegay-Gober, who recently won the ACC championship in the high jump with a meet- and school-record leap of 7-feet, 3 ¾-inches, is tied for eighth among all Division I men in his event.