The Wolfpacker

May 2017 Issue

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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68 ■ THE WOLFPACKER BY JACEY ZEMBAL T he NC State women's track and field team finished seventh at the ACC Outdoor Championships last year, but returns a solid nu- cleus this season. The Wolfpack's stable of distance run- ners led the program to a fourth-place fin- ish in the NCAA Cross Country Champi- onships this past fall. That group combined with some talented sprinters and throw- ers will try to improve upon the seventh- place showing at the league's outdoor meet May 12-14 in Atlanta. NCSU finished ninth at the ACC Indoor Championships Feb. 23-25 in South Bend, Ind. "They are so committed to what they are doing," NC State veteran coach Rollie Geiger said of his distance runners. "They are committed to the process and commit- ted to the program. It's important to them." The trio of star distance runners — fresh- man Elly Henes, sophomore Ryen Frazier and redshirt junior Alyssa Rudawsky — showcased their abilities in the Raleigh Relays March 24. Henes had the fourth- best 5,000-meter time (16:01.73) in school history, and Frazier was right behind her with the fifth-best mark (16:02.39). Ru- dawsky (16:28.84) was one second away from the top 10. ■ PREVIEW WoMEN'S TRACK Redshirt junior Erika Kemp — who captured the ACC indoor title in the 3,000 meters, which was the first in school history since 2004 — is part of a deep and talented group of Wolfpack distance runners. PHOTO BY CHERYL TREWORGY SEEKING IMPROVEMENT NC State's Strong Distance Runners Buoy Chances Of Moving Up In The ACC

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