Nov. 19, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. — NC State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will conclude the 2011 season Monday when they run at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.
Fans wishing to follow the national championship races live can get on-line news and coverage at the NCAA’s official website and at flotrack.com. Live streaming video of the championships will be available on flotrack.com.
This year marks the NC State men’s sixth consecutive appearance at nationals, their 16th in the last 17 years, and their 23rd overall. This will be the Wolfpack women’s 27th appearance at the NCAA Championships, the most of any school in the nation. The State women will be appearing at nationals for the 15th time in the last 17 years.
Led by two-time All-American Ryan Hill, the Wolfpack men, ranked No. 10 in the latest NTFCCCA national poll, is coming off a pair of postseason team championships, having won the ACC Championships three weeks ago and the NCAA Southeast Regional last Saturday. Hill, a senior, and sophomore Andrew Colley give NC State a pair of potential runners at the front of the lead pack. Hill won the individual championship at the ACC and NCAA regional races. Colley was runner-up at the ACC meet and finished fourth in the Southeast Regional.
With Hill and Colley penetrating the lead pack the last two races, the Wolfpack has nailed down its conference and regional championships with a tightly bunched group of runners not too far behind the lead pack. Senior Bobby Moldovan and juniors Patrick Campbell and Matt Sonnenfeldt both earned all-regional honors with finishes in the top 25 at the regional. Senior Adam Henken was close behind at 30th, and Brian Himelright was 36th.
The women, ranked 20th in the latest national poll, have followed the lead of the senior-freshman tandem of Andie Cozzarelli and Joanna Thompson all season, with 2011 All-American and ACC and regional champion Laura Hoer adding a third potential lead runner for the Wolfpack. Cozzarelli and Thompson both earned All-ACC and all-region honors, and Hoer was all-region as well.
Behind those three, State will look to juniors Erin Mercer and Tiayonna Blackmon, sophomore Samantha Norman, and redshirt-freshman Kenyetta Iyevbele for strong performances.
The NC State men last finished in the national top 10 in 2003 with a 10th-place finish at nationals. The men have had nine finishes in the national top 10 since 1984.
The women’s last top 10 finish also was in 2003 with a sixth-place performance at the NCAA Championships. The women have finished in the national top 10 a total of 11 times at the NCAA Championships, and four times in the AIAW Championships. NC State won the national championship twice, in 1979 and 1980, both in the AIAW.