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    Hill, Iyevbele Set School Records at Last Chance Qualifier
    Junior Ryan Hill
    Junior Ryan Hill

    May 13, 2012

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    RALEIGH, N.C. – Both junior Ryan Hill and Kenyetta Iyevbele of NC State broke their own school records and posted top 10 fastest times in the nation in their events on Sunday evening at the Wolfpack Last Chance Qualifier at Paul Derr Track.

    On a cool, rainy night, the two All-Americans showed they are gearing up for the postseason, which begins in two weeks at the NCAA Regional preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla.

    “We had some really good performances, not just by Hill and Iyevbele, but by a lot of our younger runners who we are redshirting this season,” said NC State head coach Rollie Geiger. “Both Ryan and Kenyetta came out strong and didn’t let the rain affect them.”

    Hill, an indoor All-American earlier this season in the 3,000 meters, broke the 1,500-meter record he set two years ago as a redshirt freshman, posting a time of 3:39.58. That ranks as the sixth-fastest time in the nation this year and breaks the Derr Track record set in 1987 by former world champion Abdi Bile.

    Iyevbele, a first-team All-American in the women’s 800 meters last season, won her event with a time of 2:03.88, lowering by nearly a second the mark she set last year at the NCAA Championship semifinals in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Like last year, when she qualified for the NCAA Regional preliminaries long after the ACC Championships, Iyevbele is making a strong push at the end of the outdoor season. After advancing at the regional in Columbus, Ohio, Iyevbele went on to make the finals at the NCAA Championships, win the US Junior National Championship and the Pan Am Junior Championship.

    “This was a good time for me,” Iyevbele said. “I feel like I'm so far ahead of where I was last year. My times are improving. My time was really fast, but I think I am ready to go even faster.

    “I’m getting up there where I want to be, keeping up with the fastest runners in the nation. I want to be a factor in the regionals and at the NCAAs.”

    Sunday’s time was more than 1.5 seconds faster than her best time this season, which she ran at the ACC Championships in Charlottesville, Va., late last month.

    Iyevbele just missed the Derr Track record of 2:03.69, set by former Jamaican Olympian Charmaine Howell in 2000, just before the Athens Olympics.

    It was a big weekend for Hill, a redshirt junior from Hickory, N.C.  He received his degree in sport management on Saturday during commencement exercises at PNC Arena and spent the rest of Mother’s Day weekend with his family before setting the record.

    While he will concentrate on the 1,500 meters the rest of the season, he also has a qualifying time for the 5,000 meters, for which he qualified for the NCAA Championships the last two years.

    “It’s pretty cool to set the school record here on our track,” said Hill, who had only run one race at Derr Track in his career prior to Sunday. “But it’s mentally easier when you are running in a big race. I think I can go much lower in a bigger race.”

    Sunday was the NCAA’s final day of competition in the regular season prior to the NCAA Regional preliminaries May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. Regional qualifiers will be declared and announced later this week.

    Other top performances by the Wolfpack on Sunday included women’s triple jumpers Karimah Shepherd and Jazueline Daniels, who both set personal bests in the event. Shepherd won the event at 41-feet, 3.75-inches and Daniels was second at 41-feet, 2.50-inches, which will likely get her into the NCAA Regional field when announced on Thursday.

    Sophomore Nathaniel Williams won the men’s discus with his second-best throw of the season, reaching a mark of 183-feet, 7-inches and redshirt freshman Tremanisha Taylor won both the shot put and the discus. Sophomore Erin Mercer won the women’s 1,500 meters, beating out a strong field of teammates.

    The Wolfpack is off next weekend and will send qualifying athletes to the NCAA Regional preliminaries in Jacksonville.

    Wolfpack Last Chance Qualifier
    May 13, 2012
    Paul Derr Track
    at Raleigh, N.C.
    NC State’s results

    100-meter hurdles
    2. Taylor Graham                                               14.85

    Men’s 400 meters
    1. Daniel Fretz                                                  48.94
    2. Dorian Crawford                                             50.34

    Men’s 800 meters
    4. Vibushan Sivakumaran (Unattached)            1:51.85
    12. John Wolfe                                              1:53.49

    Women’s 800 meters
    1. Kenyetta Iyevbele                              2:03.88
    5. Tiayonna Blackmon                            2:08.59
    6. Anna Gillespie NC State                      2:12.11
    -- Denae Ford                                        DNF

    Women’s 100 meters
    3. Sharese Roberts                                 12.34

    Men’s 200 meters
    2. Kevin Permenter                                 22.64

    Women’s 200 meters
    4. Sharese Roberts                                 25.42
    5. Morgan Love                                      25.82
    7. Denae Ford                                        26.28

    Women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase
    4. Lauren Doherty                                   11:54.67

    Men’s 1,500 meters
    1. Ryan Hill                                             3:39.58
    2. Bobby Moldovan                                  3:45.26
    5. Sandy Roberts                                   3:46.07
    9. Gregory Dame                                   3:48.22
    10. Graham Crawford (Unattached)          3:49.16
    12. Cody Pelliccioni (Unattached)             3:50.33
    15. Andrew Colley                                   3:51.46
    17. Michael Mansy                                  3:52.13
    19. Matt Sonnenfeldt                              3:52.74
    20. Patrick Campbell                               3:53.62
    22. Trey Geiger                                       3:53.97
    26. Matt Schick                                        3:58.60
    29. John Harwell                                      4:06.06
    -- Bobby Mintz(Unattached                        DNF

    Women’s 1,500 meters
    1. Erin Mercer                                                                                              4:26.96
    2. Ryanna Henderson                                                                               4:28.53
    3. Andie Cozzarelli                                                                 4:28.97
    7. Joanna Thompson                                                                                4:30.46
    8. Samantha Norman                                                                               4:31.15
    11. Deanna Foshee (Unattached)                                                       4:35.37
    12. Erin Foshee (Unattached)                                           4:36.09
    14. Emily Egelhoff-Whalen                                                 4:38.06
    15. Halsey Merritt                                                                  4:39.03
    16. Erika Alpeter                                                                     4:39.67
    18. Leah Vaughn                                                                                         4:46.06
    19. Cora Shull                                                                                               5:04.40
    --  Anna Gillespie                                                                   DNF

    Men’s hammer throw
    5. Grant Pearce                                                                       167-07

    Women’s hammer throw
    2. SeQuoia Watkins (Unattached)              144-01

    Women’s long jump
    1. Karimah Shepherd                                                           20-00.25

    Men’s discus
    1. Nathanel Williams                                                             183-07
    4. Jule Rich                                                                                170-06
    5. Grant Pearce                                                                      166-06

    Men’s high jump
    1. Kris Kornegay-Gober                                                       7-00.25

    Women’s high jump
    3. Lacey Shuman                                                                    5-07.00
    4. Danielle Adams                                                                  5-07.00

    Women’s discus
    1. Tremanisha Taylor                                                            167-02
    2. Brittany Hampton                                                             167-00
    4. SeQuoia Watkins (Unattached)              160-05
    7. Jasmine Wilson                                              119-09

    Men’s triple jump
    2. Kwame Boatwright                                                          49-02.50
    5. Carl Marant                                                                         45-00.25

    Women’s triple jump
    1. Karimah Shepherd                                                           41-03.25
    2. Jazueline Daniels                                          41-02.50

    Women’s shot put
    1. Tremanisha Taylor                                                            51-07.00
    2. Lawanda Henry                                             50-05.25
    4. SeQuoia Watkins (Unattached)              41-07.00

    Italics denote school record



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