Men Second, Women Sixth at Track ACC Championships
Raleigh, N.C. - After the first day of competition at the 2007 Outdoor ACC Championships at Maryland, the NC State men's track and field squad is in second place while the women's team sits in sixth. Only six events took place on the first day, and the Wolfpack had All-ACC performers in the men's hammer and 10,000 meters, while the women's squad had one in the 10,000 meters, which turned out to be an NCAA Automatic qualifying time.
Wesley Smith followed up his All-ACC honors during the indoor season, as he scored a second place showing in the 10,000 meters with a time of 29:49.99, for eight points. Fredy Torres picked up three points, with his sixth place finish in 30:15.78. Robert Bedsole also finished 10th (30:44.27).
Chris Crawford earned All-ACC honors in the hammer, as he placed third with a heave of 186'06". That mark also is Crawford's second NCAA Regional qualifying mark of the season, and netted the Pack six points. Mitchell Pope also earned points for the Pack in the hammer, as he was fourth (179'07") and had five points. Jason Jones just missed on earning points for the Pack as he was ninth (156'07"), and Kent Dickens was 14th (134'09"). In the javelin, Charles Weinfeld was 12th (156'05").
Senior Julia Lucas recorded a NCAA Automatic qualifying time in the 10,000 meters, as she finished second to earn All-ACC honors with a time of 33:11.23. Also in that race, Elena Helmerick was 15th in 36:54.78.
Freshman Kayla Lawson also scored points for the women's side, Lawson placed fifth and scored four points in the high jump by clearing 5'05". Also in the high jump, Laila Thomas was 10th (5'03"). In the javelin, Casey Garland was 13th (113'06").
Competition will continue on Friday and Saturday.