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May 2017 Issue

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66 ■ THE WOLFPACKER also help the team in the summer. Fifth- year senior Aubrey Myjer, who originally attended Columbia, has excited coaches with his early workouts in the steeplechase. "Looking at his technique over the bar- rier, I think he could potentially be a na- tional-level steeplechaser," Geiger noted. Geiger added that sophomore Ben Barrett and redshirt sophomore Patrick Sheehan will be able to help in the distance races. The coach's intention is to redshirt his promising group of five freshman distance runners. "I think they are really going to develop, but the key there is I think they need to have the time to allow them to develop," Geiger said. "The workouts have been a high level for freshmen." At the middle distances, sophomore Philip Hall and redshirt sophomore Abdur Rahmaan Kelly both can contribute to scor- ing points at the conference level and make regionals, with Hall having the potential to stretch out to 1,500 meters. "He was banged up last year, but he had some incredible high school marks," Gei- ger said of Hall. Replacing Addison in the jumps may be a taller order for Geiger than in the sprint relays. Leading the jumpers will be sophomore Christopher Garrick, an All- ACC competitor in the high jump who has cleared 7-0.5 in the event. Appalachian State sophomore transfer Kimani "KC" Hoffman will look to pick up some of Ad- dison's lost points in the triple and long jumps. Geiger feels that Hoffman could particularly score at the ACC meet in the triple jump. ■ Noting The Pack • NC State boosted its sprint and throwing groups in the fall with two signings: J Johnson from Cary, N.C., and Gabriel King from Mt. Airy, N.C. Johnson, who stars at Panther Creek High, has personal bests of 10.58 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.68 seconds in the 200 meters. He is also an accomplished long jumper with a best of 22-9, and in 2016 he qualified for the New Balance National Outdoor Championships in the 100 meters and long jump. During the indoor track season in 2017, John - son won the 4-A state title in the long jump (22-8.5), the 55-meter dash (6.33 seconds after setting a personal-best 6.31 in prelims) and the 300 meters (personal-best 34.39 seconds). He then finished second at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.76 seconds. King was the 2016 1-A outdoor champ in both the discus and shot put, and was named the championship meet's MVP after helping Mt. Airy High to a state title. His personal bests are 156-1 in the discus and 54-8.75 in the shot put. He also captured the state title in the shot put at the 1A/2A indoor track state meet in February. Athletes To Watch Joshua Davis, redshirt junior, throws Davis entered the outdoor season riding a wave of momentum from the indoor campaign. He finished fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the weight throw with a school record toss of 72-2.75. Davis became NC State's first All-American in the event. He then topped another category at NC State with his hammer throw of 218-9 at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., early in the outdoor season. Nyheim Hines, sophomore, sprints Due to the injuries of juniors Quashawn Cunningham and Shannon Patterson, Hines will have to take a leadership role among the sprinters this year. He is the only returning member of the 4x100-meter relay team that won the ACC title in 2016 before finishing seventh at the NCAA Championships. Hines mainly focused on football in the spring, but he still placed sixth in the 60-meter dash and seventh in the 200 meters at the ACC Indoor Champion- ships to score points in both races. Sam Parsons, fifth-year senior, distance Parsons sent notice at the Stanford Relays April 1 in Palo Alto, Calif., with an 11th-place finish in the 10,000-meter run. His time of 28:43.74 was the fifth best among college athletes at the prestigious meet and the second-fastest time in school history. Parsons qualified for that same race at the NCAA Outdoor Championships a year ago. ■ By The Numbers 6.67 Time (in seconds) of freshman Cravont Charleston in the indoor 60-meter dash at the ACC Indoor Championships. That is already the third-fastest time in school history and just 0.07 seconds off the record. 10.31 Personal-best time in the 100 me- ters for former NC State dual-sport athlete Danny Peebles, who also played football. He recorded the time in 1985. Peebles' son Dylan is a fresh- man on this year's track squad. 28:43.74 Fifth-year senior Sam Par- sons' time in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invite April 1 in Palo Alto, Calif., which is the second fastest in school history behind Chad Pearson's 28:37.95 in 2004. Parsons is also just the fifth NCSU runner to break 29 minutes in the race. Fifth-year senior Sam Parsons threatened the school record in the 10,000 meters in April. PHOTO COURTESY NC STATE MEDIA RELATIONS

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