By Kelly Tuckwiller for MSNsportsNET.com
May 1, 2010
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Senior Clara Grandt lead the WVU track and field team at the 2010 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio, this afternoon, as she broke a stadium record and finished first in the 10,000-meter race.
The West Union, W.Va., native won the event with a time of 33:31.80.
“I am very proud of the way that we competed today,” coach Sean Cleary says. “Although the BIG EAST meet is evaluated by the number of points we score and our team finish, I believe that we determine our success by our total efforts. Today, every single girl competed at 100 percent.”
Junior Katelyn Williams also had a good afternoon finishing eighth in the heptathlon with 4,639 total points. Williams placed eighth (15.61) in the 100-meter hurdles, seventh (10.83 meters) in the shot put, third (1.76 meters) in the high jump, eighth (26.62) in the 200-meter dash, 10th (4.92 meters) in the long jump, 10th (22.64 meters) in the javelin and fifth (2:26.00) in the 800-meter run.
Sophomore Megan Mock then scored points for the Mountaineers with a fourth-place showing (5.89 meters) in the long jump.
“Meghan Mock continues to prove that she is one of the leagues very best jumpers. In time, she will be competing at the NCAA Nationals,” Cleary adds. “Katelyn had a very solid championship day. I was pleased with the final event (the 800-meter race). She laid it all on the line for her all-BIG EAST performance.”
In her first BIG EAST meet, junior Brittany Fink finished in 17th place in the discus after throwing 40.25 meters.
Also racing today, senior Keri Bland was the fast qualifier in the 800-meter run as she finished with a time of 2:05.71. The Fairview, W.Va., is set to compete in the finals at 12:25 p.m., tomorrow.
Senior Karly Hamric and sophomores Kaylyn Christopher and Jessica O’Connell all qualified for the 1,500-meter finals, as Hamric placed fifth (4:24.75), Christopher finished eighth (4:27.91) and O’Connell finished ninth (4:25.20). The finals are set for 11:30 a.m.
Action concludes at the conference championships tomorrow with competition beginning at 10 a.m. For results, live video and meet information, visit www.BIGEAST.org.