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MAY 2017 ■ 71 among the top sprinters in the country, ranking No. 27 in the 100-meter dash (11.50 seconds) and No. 56 in the 100 hurdles (13.67) as of early April. Senior Paisley Simmons could also factor in the sprints, if she's 100 percent healthy. "Cunningham just missed making it to nationals in indoors, but she can run the 100, 200, hurdles, and she runs on the re- lay," Geiger said. "Gabby is one of those athletes where I wish we had four, five, six of those. Gabby is just terrific." Redshirt sophomore Rachel Bartolomeo cracked the national top 100 in the 3,000-me- ter steeplechase, ranking No. 93 (10:54.07) as of April 7. Redshirt junior Bethany Neeley could also be a factor in the steeplechase. Two triple jumpers and a pair of women in the throws highlight the field events for NC State this spring. Junior Javonne Antoine and senior Amara Bell both ranked in the top 55 in the country for the triple jump through April 7. Antoine was No. 31 with a season-best leap of 41 feet, 4.25 inches, while Bell was No. 52 with a jump of 40-6.25. "Javonne didn't score indoors [finished seventh], but I expect her to score outdoors in the triple jump," Geiger said. "Amara Bell is really knocking on the door — she is making incredible improvement. This is her senior year, so I expect some positive things from her." Redshirt sophomore Lauren Evans was 71st in the hammer throw (185-5) and No. 79 in the shot put (47-11) as of April 7. Fifth- year senior Alyssa Dunn tossed 48-5.5 in the shot put at the Raleigh Relays, which ranked No. 65 overall in the country. Junior Shar- mani Hall should also factor into the throws. "They are all potentially scorers at the con- ference level and regional qualifiers," Geiger said. "It's a nice group of throwers." ■ GREGORY D. MILLER, CPA SANDRA A. MILLER, CPA REBECCA A. RHODES, CPA Serving the accounting needs of small businesses and individuals throughout Southeastern North Carolina since 1993. • Tax Planning and Prepara on • Accoun ng and Audi ng Services • Small Business Consul ng Wilmington, NC 265 Racine Drive 910-452-5260 Burgaw, NC 105 East Fremont Street 910-259-4644 We're Pack Proud! Gardner Marsh Gas Equipment Company, Inc. 8209 Brownleigh Drive 2119 Jody Road Raleigh, NC 27617 Florence, SC 29501 Ph: 919 787 8214 Ph: 843 669 3136 Ph: 800 334 9245 Ph: 800 868 8988 Fax: 800 400 2596 Fax: 843 661 5236 Web: ■ By The Numbers 3 Women track and field performers who qualified for the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships — red- shirt junior Erika Kemp in the 5,000 meters, redshirt sophomore Rachel Koon in the 3,000 meters and fifth- year senior Megan Moye in the mile. 15:33.43 Time for Betty Springs in the 5,000 meters in 1983, which still stands as a school record. Freshman Elly Henes, who is the daughter of NCSU women's cross country coach and former Wolfpack standout Laurie Henes, clocked 16:01.73 and will attempt to break that record over next four years. 35 Years coaching for NC State track and field for Rollie Geiger, who first served as distance coach for the track and field team in 1979 and then head coach in 1984-85. With the retirements of men's golf coach Richard Sykes (44 years) and gymnastics coach Mark Stevenson (37 years), Geiger is the longest-tenured coach at the school.

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