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    May 23, 2012

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – NC State’s 26 entries in the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries will begin competition on Thursday at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.

    All-Americans Ryan Hill, Kenyetta Iyevbele and Andie Cozzarelli will all see action on the first day of competition, as they look to finish in the top 12 of their events and advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, in early June.

    Hill, who was a first-team indoor All-American at the 3,000 meters earlier this year and an NCAA outdoor qualifier last year, will run in the first round of the men’s 1,500 meters at 5:30 p.m., looking to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals. Hill is also entered in Friday’s 5,000-meter semifinal, along with fellow 2011 NCAA qualifier Andrew Colley and senior Bobby Moldovan and Sandy Roberts.

    Iyevbele, a first-team All-American last year as a freshman in the women’s 800 meters, will compete in the first round of that event on Thursday, looking to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. Senior Tiayonna Blackmon will also compete in the first round of the event.

    Cozzarelli, a second-team All-American as a sophomore last year, will compete in the semifinals of the women’s 10,000 meters on Thursday. She will also run in the women’s 5,000 meters on Saturday. Freshman Joanna Thompson will also compete in the Thursday’s 10,000 meters.

    Other athletes competing on Thursday include sophomore Nathaniel Williams and redshirt freshman Jule Rich in the men’s discus, redshirt freshman Tremanisha Taylor and senior Lawanda Henry in the women’s shot put and junior Karimah Shepherd in the women’s long  jump.

    Veteran head coach Rollie Geiger is looking to advance as many athletes as possible from the regional preliminary round to the NCAA Championships, which begin 10 days following the regional meet at Drake Stadium.

    “In order to score at nationals, you have to be in the top 12 at regionals,” Geiger said. “That is our only focus right now, to get people to nationals.

    “The most important thing about this weekend is that no one, no matter how good they are, can look past this weekend to the championships. You have to be on top of your event at regionals to have any hope of advancing.”

    While Geiger and his athletes are looking forward to competing in a newly renovated facility, they also know they will have to compete with the northern Florida heat and humidity. Most running events will be held in the late afternoon and early evening, while the field events begin midmorning.

    “The heat will affect everyone equally, of course, but we have several distance runners who will be competing in two events,” Geiger said. “They have to be particularly careful to stay hydrated every day as they prepare for their events.”

    Full coverage of the meet is available from this championship central page and results and recaps from the three-day event will be available on GoPack.com at the end of each day.

     

    NC State’s 2012 NCAA East Regional Preliminaries qualifiers

    Men

    Player

    Event (s)

    Year

    Top mark (s)

    National rank

    Ryan Hill

    1,500m

    5,000m

    Jr.

    3:39.58

    13:33.23

    6th

    5th

    Patrick Campbell

    10,000m

    Sr.

    29:43.36

    93rd

    Andrew Colley

    5,000m

    Soph.

    13:49.61

    32nd

    Bobby Moldovan

    5,000m

    Sr.

    14:00.90

    67th

    Sandy Roberts

    5,000m

    Sr.

    13:59.93

    62nd

    Brian Himelright

    Steeplechase

    Jr.

    8:56.46

    49th

    Kris Kornegay-Gober

    High jump

    Jr.

    7’ 03.00”

    13th

    Kwame Boatwright

    Triple jump

    Sr.

    50’ 02.00”

    73rd

    Nathaniel Williams

    Discus

    Soph.

    189’ 01.00”

    16th

    Jule Rich

    Discus

    RS-Fr.

    170’ 06.00”

    108th

     

     

     

     

     

    Women

    Player

    Event (s)

    Year

    Top mark (s)

     

    Kenyetta Iyevbele

    800m

    Soph.

    2:03.88

    9th

    Tiayonna Blackmon

    800m

    Sr.

    2:06.95

    64th

    Andie Cozzarelli

    5,000m

    10,000m

    Jr.

    16:29.65

    33:26.45

    89th

    15th

    Joanna Thompson

    10,000m

    Fr.

    34:02.39

    36th

    Erin Mercer

    Steeplechase

    Soph.

    10:22.17

    49th

    Samantha Norman

    Steeplechase

    Soph.

    10:25.32

    61st

    Karimah Shepherd

    Long jump

    Triple jump

    Jr.

    20’ 03.75”

    41’ 03.25”

    45th

    74th

    Jazueline Daniels

    Triple jump

    Jr.

    41’ 02.50”

    77th

    Tremanisha Taylor

    Discus

    Shot put

    RS-Fr.

    175’ 01.00”

    53’ 11.25”

    28th

    21st

    Brittany Hampton

    Discus

    Sr.

    167’ 06.00”

    50th

    Lawanda Henry

    Shot put

    Sr.

    53’ 00.75”

    28th

    Lacey Shuman

    High jump

    Soph.

    5’ 10

    39th

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

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