The Wolfpacker

March 2013 - Signing Day Edition

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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W By Bruce Winkworth ith a pair of All-American distance runners, several proven standouts in the jumps and throws, and a freshman sprinter just a year removed from a high school national championship, NC State���s women���s track and field team enters the 2013 season with potential point scorers in every event group. Andie Cozzarelli, a fifth-year senior from Apex, N.C., came to NC State and ���PREVIEW woMen���s track struggled for two years before discovering a food allergy to glutens. After adjusting her diet, Cozzarelli emerged as a national performer in the long distance events, earning All-America honors in the 10,000 meters at the 2011 NCAA Championships, less than a year after running her first 10K race. She repeated as an All-American a year ago. Kenyetta Iyevbele, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., came to the Wolfpack as a promising athlete and realized that potential in her first year on the track, earning All-America recognition in the 800 meters as a true freshman in 2011. Felled by a stress fracture at the NCAA East Regional a year ago, she was unable to repeat as an All-American, but she should be a national contender in her return to action this season. ���Andie is a multiple All-American and a cornerstone of our program,��� Wolfpack head coach Rollie Geiger said. ���Kenyetta is another All-American, in the 800. That���s two All-Americans, so we���re covered in the 10,000 and the 800.��� Senior Erin Mercer and sophomore Samantha Norman were NCAA regional qualifiers a year ago in the steeplechase. That gives the Wolfpack strength in three of the primary distance events, and freshman Samantha George ��� a six-time state champion in high school and the 2012 ACC Rookie of the Year in cross country ��� adds depth at steeplechase. Freshman Megan Moye was one of Key Meets Raleigh Relays, March 29-30 ��� NC State���s annual home meet draws top competition from around the nation. ACC Championships, April 17-20, Raleigh ���The Wolfpack hosts the conference meet for the first time since 2003. NCAA East Regional Championships, May��26-28, Greensboro, N.C. ��� The Wolfpack���s regional qualifiers will stay in the Tar Heel State. Fifth-year senior Andie Cozzarelli is a two-time All-American in the 10,000 meters. photo courtesy nc state media relations Balanced Attack The Wolfpack Boasts Potential Point Scorers In Every Event Group 84��� ������ the wolfpacker 84-85.Women's Track Preview.indd 84 2/26/13 1:04 PM

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