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    Track & Field Warms Up for Next Weekends ACC Championships

    Raleigh, N.C. – The NC State track and field teams had one final tune-up weekend before next weekends 2007 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Most of the Pack went over to North Carolina and competed in the Carolina Fast Times, and a few individuals went to Tennessee to take part in the prestigious Sea Ray Relays, but the Pack’s Saturday events were cancelled due to bad weather.

    On the women’s side at UNC this weekend, the Pack recorded a pair of NCAA Regional qualifying marks. DeMiracle Washington recorded her second such mark of the season, as she posted a season-best distance of 41’05.25” in the triple jump for second place. Running in a shorter race, distance runner Julia Lucas won the 1,500 meters in 4:25.37 to earned her own NCAA Regional time.

    The Pack had four of the top-six finishers in the 1,5000 meters overall. Lucas won the race, and Angelina Blackmon was second in 4:36.94. Also in that race, Jenn Ennis took fifth (4:42.81) and Brittany Tinsley was sixth (4:44.00). In the high jump, Laila Thomas posted a new season-best by clearing 5’07”, while Kayla Lawson tied her own top mark at 5’05”. Besides Washington’s mark in the triple jump, she also led the Pack in the long jump with a mark of 18’04.25” for fifth.

    The Pack was in action at Tennessee on Friday before the rain came into town and forced the meet to be cancelled on Saturday. Kevin Hutton notched his second NCAA Regional qualifying mark in the 400 meter hurdles this season, with a season-best time of 51.18. In other action for the men, Reggie Reese was eighth in the 100 meters with a time of 10.58, while Mike Hill placed 10th in the triple jump with a top mark of 48’11.50”. Joya Rodgers ran the 100 meters in 12.28.

    Mitchell Pope continued his dominate season, by recorded his sixth NCAA regional qualifying mark of the outdoor season, and also winning two events this weekend. Pope throw a 62’08.75” in the shot put for the NCAA Regional mark, and also won the hammer with a toss of 179’08”.

    Also in the throws, Chris Crawford was second in the hammer (175’07”), while Jason Jones was third in the shot put (53’06.25”).

    NC State was strong in the 1,500 meters, as the Pack sent its distance runners for a shorter race before the ACCs. NC State had five of the top six runners, with Tibor Vegh bringing home first place honors in 3:48.72. John Martinez was third (3:53.25), Gavin Coombs was fourth (3:55.55), Stephen Furst was fifth (3:55.66), and Bryce Ruiz took sixth (3:56.37).

    The Pack will head to Maryland next weekend for the ACC Championships.



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