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    Track & Field Heads West for Payton Jordan Invitational
    Kenyetta Iyevbele ranks No. 18 in the NCAA in the 800m run with a time of 2:05.28.
    Kenyetta Iyevbele ranks No. 18 in the NCAA in the 800m run with a time of 2:05.28.

    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:


    Ryanna Henderson

    Kenyetta Iyevbele

    Megan Moye

    Erin Mercer

    Samantha Norman

    Joanna Thompson


    Andrew Colley

    Graham Crawford

    Adrian Ross

    John Wolfe

    Matt Sonnenfeldt

    Sam Roberson



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