NC State Jumpers Highlight Final Day of VT Invitational
Jan. 19, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va./CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The NC State track & field team capped its first weekend of indoor competition in 2013 on Saturday, as the Wolfpack notched a handful of first-place performances in the jumps at the Virginia Tech Invitational, and in the women's shot put at the Dick Taylor Invitational at the University of North Carolina.
It didn't take long for the Pack to turn Virginia Tech's Rector Field House into what seemed like a fun-house. Senior Kris Kornegay-Gober opened the afternoon competing in the high jump, and while he did not rewrite the record books like he did Dec. 1 in the season-opener at the JDL Fast Track Kick-Off, the Washington, D.C., native soared 7' 2.25" for an easy first-place finish.
"He's ranked number three or number four in the country right now," said jumps coach Chris Coleman. "He just has to work on some timing."
Senior Karimah Shepherd put a stamp on what was an impressive weekend, claiming the top mark in the women's long jump with a 19' 3.50" measurement. After her victory in the triple jump on Friday evening, the Chesapeake, Va., native notched her first double win of the season in the horizontal jumps. Freshman Chelsea Darden placed seventh in the women's long jump with a 17' 11.50" leap.
"It felt pretty good," said Shepherd after the victory. "Last year I did really well, but this year I want to get to nationals and do well at ACCs."
The Wolfpack was not finished in the jumps however, as junior Elizabeth Shuman took home the top mark in the women's high jump. Shuman notched a 5' 7.00" jump, two inches better than her previous personal-best at an indoor meet. Redshirt senior Danielle Adams finished tied for the second-best mark in the event with a 5' 5.00" hop over the bar, while sophomore Caitlynn Filla and freshman Alexis Perry each posted 5' 3.00" jumps in the event.
"It was great to have all three of them win today," Coleman said. "Today was Karimah's first time long-jumping [this season], but she did great."
In the sprints, the men's team had two bright spots in the 400-meter run, as freshman Brian Davis placed third with a time of 49.76, followed by senior Daniel Fretz who finished fifth after turning in a sub-50-second time of 49.98.
In the women's 200-meter run, freshman Ariah Graham led the Pack with a 24.71 time, which was good enough for sixth place.
At the Dick Taylor Invitational on North Carolina's campus, NC State's throwers were on full display in the men's and women's shot put.
For the women, redshirt sophomore and 2012 All-ACC choice Tremanisha Taylor collected her first top finish of the indoor season, winning the shot put with a 51-foot toss. Redshirt freshman Nicole Chavis placed fifth in the event with a 41' 1.00" measurement.
On the men's side, redshirt junior Nathaniel Williams was the only one to reach the finals, and finished in fifth place after a 44' 6.75" heave.
The Wolfpack competes again next Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, when it returns to Virginia Tech, and will also send team members to the Liberty Open in Lynchburg, Va.