Wolfpack Track & Field to Host Last Chance Qualifier
May 11, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - It's been nearly 20 years since NC State hosted a one-day twilight track and field meet at Derr Track, but Wolfpack head coach Rollie Geiger hopes to renew the tradition and make it part of a celebratory weekend for his student-athletes and their parents.
State will host the Wolfpack Last Chance Qualifier on Sunday, a day after 15 of Geiger's student-athletes receive their degrees at NC State commencement exercises at PNC Arena on Saturday morning. That's more than any other program in the athletics department, which has a record number of 86 total student-athletes graduating this semester.
"We always had good performances at our Twilight meets," Geiger said. "We stopped hosting them when we did some renovations at the track and then other schools in the area started hosting qualifier meets during the weekend we usually did it.
"We would like to get it going again."
The field events at the one-day meet are slated to begin at 2 p.m., with track events starting at 6:15. Admission is free for all spectators.
Geiger sees Sunday - the last day the NCAA allows a regular-season meet prior to the NCAA Regional qualifier on May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. - as a good time to celebrate his extended Wolfpack family and the achievements of his graduating seniors.
"The first and foremost thing an athlete can do when he or she comes to college is graduate," Geiger said. "That's what we preach to our athletes. For me, it's hard to believe how fast that time goes by. You blink and they are walking across the stage."
Among the Wolfpack men who will graduate are All-American distance runner Ryan Hill, All-ACC runner Brian Himmelright, distance runners Adam Henken, Patrick Campbell and Bobby Moldovan, jumpers Kwame Boatwright and Emmanuel and hurdler James Robinson.
Hill, a multiple All-American in track and cross country and the winner of five individual ACC championships in indoor and outdoor track, will run in the 1,500 meters on Sunday, hoping to break the school record he set as a freshman. Boatwright, Campbell, Himelright and Moldoan will also compete on Sunday. Henken will compete in the 5,000 meters on Saturday night at the Virginia Challenge in his home state.
Those who will compete on Sunday are throwers Hampton and Henry and distance runners Shull and Vaughn.
"All of our athletes who are graduating are solid, successful individuals who will be productive members of society," Geiger said. "They've also been great contributors to our program."
On Thursday, several Wolfpack athletes participated in the Virginia Tech/Roanoke College Twilight meet, looking to get qualifying marks for the NCAA Regional qualifier coming up on May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Senior Danielle Adams posted a 5-feet, 3-inch mark in the women's high jump and junior Jazueline Daniels had a mark of 39-feet, 1.25-inches in the women's triple jump. Both were the only participants in their respective events.