Track Has Two Advance to NCAA Championships
Raleigh, N.C. The first day of competition is in the books for the NC State track and field team at the NCAA Regional Championships being held this weekend in Gainesville, Florida. One athlete from each the men’s and women’s team qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Dexter Adams used a career-best leap of 24.07.75” in the long jump to advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career. Adams brought home a second place finish.
On the women’s side, Julia Lucas also qualified for the NCAA Championships, Lucas finished second in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:09.55.
Also for the men, the Pack had a pair of runners finish in the top-10 in the men’s 5,000 meters. Tibor Vegh was eighth in 14:02.17, while Wesley Smith was close behind in ninth (14”06.11). In the 1,500 meters, Chris Kollar was 15th (3:48.23).
In the throws, Chris Crawford finished 14th with a season-best heave of 191’10”.
Reggie Reese ran in two individual sprint preliminaries, he was 13th in the 100 meters with a time of 10.52 and 21st in the 200 meters in 21.22. Also in the sprints, Kevin Hutton was 20th in the 400 meter hurdles (52.59).
The men’s 4x100 meter relay squad of Reese, Hutton, Adams and Omar Wells finished 11th in 40.91.
Also on the women’s side, a pair of middle distance runners each netted a 15th place showing. Angelina Blackmon ran a 2:11.75 in the 800 meters, and Jemissa Hess posted a time of 4:26.64 in the 1,5000 meters.
Competition will resume tomorrow for the Pack, where the Pack will have competitors in the steeplechase, shot put and triple jump.