NC State slipped through prelims after appealing their disqualification and having the cal overturned. Freshman Ryan Held was called for an early take-off this morning with a -.03 reaction time. Tonight, Held was safe, but senior David Williams jumped on the anchor leg. His reaction time was not published in the results, but his first 25 split of 8.29 seemed a little too good to be true.
If their relay had been legal, that relay would have been NC State’s first ever NCAA relay title. They finished with a final time of 1:15.16. They also would have been the first non-powerhouse school to win a relay at the NCAA championships since Northwestern in 2007.
This is not the first time NC State has run into trouble with their exchanges. They had multiple relays disqualified last year at the NCAA Championships as well.
With the disqualification in the A final tonight, NC State loses all of their points for the event and Texas is bumped into first place with their time of 1:15.86.