Wolfpack Men, Women Open Competition at ACC Track & Field Championships
April 19, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The NC State men’s and women’s track teams begin competition on Thursday at the ACC Outdoor Championships at Virginia’s newly renovated Lannigan Field.
The three-day event begins with competition in the decathlon and heptathlon, with three field events and one distance race to conclude the opening day. Live results are available throughout the meet from Flash Results. The ACC.com will provide live coverage of Friday and Saturday's events at the above links.
The Wolfpack will be in strong contention in several individual events on Thursday, as championships are awarded in the men’s and women’s 10,000 meters, men’s and women’s hammer throw and men’s javelin throw.
Junior Andie Cozzarelli won All-ACC and All-American honors in the women’s 10,000 meters last year, finishing at the conference meet and 13th at the NCAA Championships. Earlier this year, she posted a personal-best time of 33:26.45 in the event at the Stanford Invitational. She will be joined by sophomore Halsey Merritt and freshman Joanna Thompson.
Two-time champion and All-American Ryan Hill is not entered in the men’s 10,000 meters. He is running in the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Pack will be represented in the 10K by returning All-ACC senior Adam Henken, junior Patrick Campbell and sophomore Matt Sonnenfeldt. Henken was second to Hill at last year’s ACC meet in the 10,000 meters.
The men’s and women’s hammer throw will also be decided on Thursday. All-ACC senior Lawanda Henry and Kortney Pearce will represent the Wolfpack women, while sophomore Nathaniel Williams, junior Grant Pearce and redshirt freshman Jule Rich will throw for the men.
The meet kicks into full stride on Friday and Saturday and the Wolfpack has several strong contenders, based on performances so far this season.
Hill, who owns the school record in the 1,500 meters and the school and ACC record in the 5,000 meters, will be in the limelight as he competes for two championships.
He will be joined in the 1,500 meters by senior Sandy Roberts, and in the 5,000 meters by senior Bobby Moldovan, Roberts, junior Brian Himelright and redshirt freshmen Michael Mansy and Bryan Spreitzer.
Himelright will also be a contender in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, after posting the league’s fourth fastest time in the event earlier this spring.
Junior Kris Kornegay-Gober, who was named the Most Valuable Field Performer at the ACC Indoor Championships after breaking the meet record in the high jump, will be looking to win his second ACC title of the season. He and Duke’s Tanner Anderson have the best mark of the outdoor season in the event.
Williams owns the ACC’s best mark in the discus and will look to win his first ACC title on Saturday. Rich and Pearce will also compete in the hammer.
For the women, All-American Kenyetta Iyevbele, who did not advance to the finals of last year’s ACC meet, but finished seventh at the NCAA Championships, looks to perform well in the women’s 800 meters. She and teammate Tiayonna Blackmon have two of the ACC’s top five times in that event heading into the meet.
Cozzarelli, Thompson and Merritt will double up by also competing in Saturday’s 5,000 meters, along Mercer and Norman. Thompson and Cozzarelli have two of the five fastest times this season in the event by ACC runners.
Redshirt freshman Tremanisha Taylor will compete in both the shot put and the discus. She has the third best mark in the ACC this season in the shot and the second best in the discus. Henry, a former ACC champion in the shot, will also compete in that event. Taylor has the league’s second best mark in the discus, followed closely by senior teammate Brittany Hampton.
Sophomore Lacey Shuman has the league’s third best mark in the high jump, followed by senior Danielle Adams. Junior Karimah Shepherd has the ACC’s fourth best long jump this season and she and junior Jazueline Daniels will look to score in the triple jump.