Yow pleased with Wolfpack's steady 3-year climb

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Debbie Yow has talked about the importance of building a top-25 overall program since becoming North Carolina State's athletic director. No one can deny the Wolfpack's progress so far.

Three years after arriving from Maryland, Yow has put her imprint on a program that is nearing the top-25 goal with strong postseason performances.

When Yow was hired in 2010, N.C. State was coming off an 89th-place finish in the Directors' Cup standings for the nation's top overall college sports program. Last month, the school finished 34th, two spots behind its all-time best.

Among the biggest highlights: the baseball team making it to the College World Series for the first time since 1968.

Yow credits her coaches for being "after it in every way" as the Wolfpack purses the top-25 goal.

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