Track & Field Heads West for Payton Jordan Invitational
May 2, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State track and field team will send 12 student-athletes to participate in the Payton Jordan Invitational on Sunday, May 4 in Palo Alto, Calif.
The one-day event, hosted by Stanford University, will be one of three meets for the Wolfpack prior to NCAA Regionals, which is set for May 29-31.
"The Payton Jordan primarily focuses on distance running, 800m to 10,000m," NC State head coach Rollie Geiger said. "It usually has perfect weather, a little cooler, and great for running. Hopefully we'll have a few more qualify for NCAA Regional's. Next week we go to Virginia before our Last Chance meet here on May 16th. Right now it's a good time to get a few of the throwers, jumpers and sprinters some rest before the stretch at the end."
The NC State women's track & field team is ranked 19th in the latest edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings.
The Wolfpack, which moved up 26 spots following its showing at the Penn Relays last weekend, is third in the women's rankings for the NCAA Southeast Region while the men hold a No. 12 ranking in their regional.
"When you look at why we're in the top 20 there is balance in the program with the throws, jumps, sprints and middle distance," Geiger said. "We have great representation in all four and great balance in the program right now. The goal is continue in that vein. As a staff we are working very hard to continue to keep that balance in all four areas and right now it's something that we're proud of."
Overall, the Wolfpack men's and women's teams have combined to place eight student-athletes in the top 20 nationally in 10 different events throughout the 2014 outdoor season.
"On the men's side we're getting better," Geiger said. "Our individuals are getting better daily, we're recruiting well and it's just a matter of time before the men are up there as well."
Wolfpack in the National Rankings:
4th - Andrew Colley, 1,500m, (3:41.61), Blue Shoes Collegiate
9th - Graham Crawford, 1,500m, (3:42.23), Blue Shoes Collegiate
17th - Graham Crawford, 5,000m, (13:49), Blue Shoes Collegiate
18th - Jonathan Addison, Long Jump, (25'02.50"), Tiger Track Classic
2nd - Tremanisha Taylor, Shot Put, (57'09.00"), Penn Relays
5th - Alexis Perry, Long Jump, (21'02.00"), Raleigh Relays
12th - Joanna Thompson, 10,000m, (33:24.61), ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
13th - Elizabeth Shuman, High Jump, (5'11.25"), ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
15th - Tremanisha Taylor, Discus, (179'00"), Raleigh Relays
18th - Kenyetta Iyevbele, 800m, (2:05.28), ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
20th - Alexis Perry, 100m hurdles, (13.24), ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Payton Jordan Invitational participants: