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    Wolfpack Track & Field Earns 26 entries at NCAA East Regional preliminaries
    Head Coach Rollie Geiger
    Head Coach Rollie Geiger

    May 17, 2012

    NCAA East Regional Preliminaries Schedule of Events

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State men's and women's track and field earned 26 entries into next week's NCAA East Regional preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla., the NCAA announced on Thursday afternoon.

    "It's a large number of individual entries we have this year," said long-time head coach Rollie Geiger. "Every year, we go into the season with the same goal: To score well at the ACC Championships and advance as many people as we can to the NCAA Championships.

    "This is a good first step to getting a lot of people to the NCAAs."

    The top 48 times and distances in both of two regions qualify to participate at the two preliminary meets. The East regional, hosted by the University of North Florida, will run from Thursday through Saturday next week at Jacksonville's Hodges Stadium. The top 12 finishers in each of the individual events will advance to the NCAA Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 6-9.

    Four of the five runners who advanced to last year's NCAA Championships lead this year's entries for the Wolfpack, including All-Americans Kenyetta Iyevbele and Andie Cozzarelli. Iyevbele was first-team All-American in the 800 meters, while Cozzarelli was a second-team selection in the 10,000 meters. Both junior Ryan Hill and sophomore Andrew Colley were honorable mention All-Americans in the 5,000 meters, while Hill was a first-time All-American earlier this season in the 3,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships.



    Cozzarelli and Hill both qualified in two events, as did junior jumper Karimah Shepherd. Cozzarelli is qualified in the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters. Hill is qualified in the 5,000 meters again and in the 1,500 meters. He owns the NC State record in both events.

    Hill will be joined in the 5,000 meters by teammates Colley and seniors Bobby Moldovan and Sandy Roberts.

    Senior Patrick Campbell qualified in the 10,000 meters and junior Brian Himelright will make his second consecutive appearance in the regionals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

    Jumpers Kris Kornegay-Gober and Kwame Boatwright qualified in the men's high jump and triple jump, respectively. Throwers Nathaniel Williams and Jule Rich qualified in the men's discus.

    For the Wolfpack women, Iyevbele will look to repeat her All-America performance from last year, when she advanced from the regionals and finished seventh at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800 meters. Teammate Tiayonna Blackmon will also compete in the 800 meters.

    Shepherd will compete in both the women's long jump and the triple jump. Junior teammate Jazueline Daniels also qualified in the triple jump. Sophomore Lacey Shuman will compete in the high jump. Cozzarelli will be joined in the distance events by freshman Joanna Thompson, who qualified for the 10,000 meters and junior Erin Mercer and sophomore Samantha Norman, who both qualified in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.

    Redshirt freshman Tremanisha Taylor will compete in both the shot put and the discus, while senior Lawanda Henry will compete in the shot and senior Brittany Hampton will compete in the discus.

    NC State's 2012 NCAA East Regional Preliminaries qualifiers

    PlayerEvent (s)YearTop mark (s)National rank
    Ryan Hill1,500mJr.13:33.236th
     5,000m 3:39.585th
    Patrick Campbell10,000mSr.29:43.3693rd
    Andrew Colley5,000mSoph.13:49.6132nd
    Bobby Moldovan5,000mSr.14:00.9067th
    Sandy Roberts5,000mSr.13:59.9362nd
    Brian HimelrightSteeplechaseJr.8:56.4649th
    Kris Kornegay-GoberHigh jumpJr.7' 03.00"13th
    Kwame BoatwrightTriple jumpSr.50' 02.00"73rd
    Nathaniel WilliamsDiscusSoph.189' 01.00"16th
    Jule RichDiscusRS-Fr.170' 06.00"108th
    PlayerEvent (s)YearTop mark (s)
    Kenyetta Iyevbele800mSoph.2:03.889th
    Tiayonna Blackmon800mSr.2:06.9564th
    Andie Cozzarelli5,000mJr.16:29.6589th
     10,000m 33:26.4515th
    Joanna Thompson10,000mFr.34:02.3936th
    Erin MercerSteeplechaseSoph.10:22.1749th
    Samantha NormanSteeplechaseSoph.10:25.3261st
    Karimah ShepherdLong jumpJr.20' 03.75"45th
     Triple jump 41' 03.25"74th
    Jazueline DanielsTriple jumpJr.41' 02.50"77th
    Tremanisha TaylorDiscusRS-Fr.175' 01.00"28th
     Shot put 53' 11.25"21st
    Brittany HamptonDiscusSr.167' 06.00"50th
    Lawanda HenryShot putSr.53' 00.75"28th

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