Himelright Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
June 26, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – NC State senior track and cross country runner Brian Himelright has earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was named among 29 male and 29 female spring sports student-athletes who will receive $7,500.
Himelright becomes the 22nd NC State track and field athlete to earn the scholarship, and the first since Bobby Mack in 2008.
To qualify, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average and be nominated by their institution’s faculty athletics representative.
Similar awards are given each season to fall and spring student-athletes, totaling 174 individual winners. Created in 1964, the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association’s most accomplished student-athletes.
“At the beginning of my college career, I knew I wanted to succeed in school as much as I wanted to succeed in athletics,” Himelright said. “It’s hard to stay on top of both things and it definitely took away some nights from my social life, but I’m glad it all paid off. I’m proud to represent NC State because they definitely played a large part in helping me succeed.”
After earning his bachelor’s degree in technology, engineering and design education, Himelright will attend graduate school at NC State and pursue a master’s degree in industrial design.
“I’m pretty new to the industrial design field, and I only began putting together my portfolio about two years ago,” Himelright said. “Industrial design is product design – anywhere from a desk lamp to an automobile. I hope I find my direction while I’m in school. I want to design new and innovative products.”
Himelright finished his final season as a track runner this past spring, which included an All-ACC performance in the steeplechase, before qualifying for the NCAA East Regional in the event.
The Cuyhoga Falls, Ohio native earned an automatic bid to the NCAA prelims with an 8:38.96 time in the steeplechase at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational on April 28. The mark was not only an NCAA ‘A’ standard, but also the fourth-fastest time in the event in NC State history.
“That day, in that race, everything just felt so easy,” Himelright said. “My [assistant] coach Chris Seaton gave me splits for the first two laps or so, and then all of a sudden I realized he stopped, but I just kept running. He told me after the race that he stopped giving me splits because he didn’t want me to slow down. It was all so exciting, and it came out of nowhere.
While his track career as a college runner has ended, Himelright will remain in close connection with the NC State track and field and cross country programs.
“During the spring, Coach [Rollie] Geiger has already asked me if I would be around and interested in helping him with [coaching] the steeplechase,” Himelright said. “I’ll probably show up every now and then and run with some of the guys on the team, but I think I want to focus on school right now.”