Wolfpack Track & Field Stands Tall in Latest USTFCCCA Poll
Feb. 26, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Following last weekend's ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships, NC State's men's team ranks 19th and the women's team stands 29th in the latest USTFCCCA poll released Tuesday.
The men's team had a pair of athletes earn bids to nationals after redshirt senior Ryan Hill and senior Kris Kornegay-Gober each earned All-ACC recognition in their respective events for the third-straight indoor season. Hill won his third gold medal on the indoor circuit in the men's mile with a time of 4:05.71, while Kornegay-Gober tied for second in the men's high jump with a 7' 2.25" leap.
Hill ranks third in the NCAA in the men's mile after his program-record 3:54.89 mark at the Millrose Games. The Hickory, N.C., native also owns the second-fastest time in the 3,000-meter run at 7:49.20 and holds the 13th-best time in the 5,000-meter run at 13:43.52. Hill's marks in all three events are tops in the ACC.
Kornegay-Gober, a Washington, D.C., native, is tied for 10th nationally in the high jump at 7' 4.25" - a height he has cleared twice this season. His top mark is also tied for second among ACC jumpers.
The women's team finished fourth at last weekend's ACC Indoor Championships, and perhaps no other athlete shined brighter than senior Karimah Shepherd. The Chesapeake, Va., native swept the horizontal jumps with a program-record 21' 2.00" leap in the women's long jump, before winning the triple jump with a personal-best 43' 0.50" measurement. In addition to her two All-ACC nods, Shepherd was named the ACC Championship Field MVP.
Following Shepherd's two gold-medal performances, she ranks fourth in the country in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump.
Hill, Kornegay-Gober and Shepherd will all compete at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships which will take place Mar. 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark., at the University of Arkansas.