Wolfpack Track & Field: The 2014 Indoor Season
March 5, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - With the NCAA Indoor Championships on the horizon for two members of the NC State Track and Field team, gopack.com takes a look back at the Wolfpack's 2014 indoor season up this point.
NC State has taken part in 11 indoor meets on the year, earning a total of 52 first-place finishes, including 31 on the women's side and 21 on the men's side.
Redshirt sophomore Nicole Chavis (throws) has led the State women with a team-high five first-place finishes, while sophomore Jonathan Addison (multi-events) and Jule Rich (throws) each have four first-place finishes to lead the men. As a whole, 27 different student-athletes have garnered a first-place finish on the year for the Wolfpack (17 women, 10 men).
Sophomore SeQuoia Watkins (throws) has competed in a team-high 16 events, while Addison has totaled a men's team-high of 14 events.
On a national scale, the Wolfpack have six student-athletes who are ranked 34th or better in their respective event, including five in the top 26.
"We are a young team," NC State head coach Rollie Geiger said. "But the most important thing that has happened for our program is the athletes in the program are getting better. We are recruiting hard. We have a young group right now, but they are getting better."
NC State will send Chavis and redshirt junior Treminisha Taylor to Albuquerque, N.M. for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 14-15. Chavis (weight throw) and Taylor (shot put), qualified by virtue of finishing in the top 16 in the nation in their respective events.
Chavis ranks 14th nationally in the weight throw (68' 8.75", 20.95m), setting two new NC State indoor school-records over the course of the year, while Taylor, who holds the indoor school-record in the shot put, is 15th nationally (54'4.50", 16.57m).
Addison, who set a personal best of 25'3.25" (7.70m) in the long jump at the ACC Championships last weekend, is ranked No. 17 in the nation, coming up a quarter of an inch short of qualifying for the NCAA Championship. The sophomore from Raleigh, N.C. has finished in first, second, third and fourth place in the four long jumps he has competed in this year.
Over three days of competition at the ACC Championships, five NC State student-athletes earned a total of six All-ACC honors.
Chavis secured a second-place finish in the women's weight throw, while Addison claimed second in the men's long jump as both young Wolfpack up and comers earned silver medals in their respective events.
Taylor took home the bronze medal in the shot put, adding a second All-ACC indoor honor to her ledger to become a four-time All-ACC performer in both the indoor and outdoor shot put.
Sophomore Alexis Perry competing in the women's long jump and the women's 60m hurdles, took home the bronze medal in both events, while true freshman Paisley Simmons claimed the bronze in the women's 200m.
Perry, who has totaled three first-place finishes on the year, is third in the ACC and 26th nationally in the long jump with a distance of 20'4.50" (6.21m).
Among the final two members of the team who hold national rankings, senior Elizabeth Shuman sits in the sixth spot in the ACC and 23rd position nationally in the women's high jump (5'10.75", 1.80m), while sophomore Graham Crawford is sixth in the ACC and 34th nationally in the men's one mile (4:00.6).