MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University track & field freshman Chelsea Carrier won her first career BIG EAST title in the 100-meter hurdles Sunday at the 2008 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Villanova, Pa.
West Virginia finished in eighth place with 47.50 team points. Louisville won the team title with 106 points followed by Pitt (87) and Notre Dame (86).
“I’m thrilled with the way we came out and competed today,” Head Coach Sean Cleary says. “The team rallied really well after losing our captain Halimah Bashir to injury on Friday."
Carrier finished the short distance hurdle race in 13.48 seconds to edge Cincinnati senior Monica Hundley (13.57) for the title. Carrier’s time was a half-second improvement from her preliminary time Saturday, 13.95, which had her seeded sixth entering today’s final. The Buckhannon, W.Va., native was the only freshman in the 100-meter hurdle finals.
Fairview, W.Va., native Keri Bland finished second in the 1,500-meter finals with a time of 4:21.60. The sophomore crossed just behind event winner Frances Koons of Villanova (4:19.41).
Koons also claimed the 5,000 meters in 16:30.13 with Georgetown’s Melissa Grelli taking second (16:36.17) and WVU’s Clara Grandt, a West Union, W.Va., native placing third in 16:43.88.
Junior Karly Hamric, a Bruceton Mills, W.Va., native took eighth in the 800-meter finals with a time of 2:12.31.
In the 4x800 relay, West Virginia took fifth in 9:00.99. The unit was comprised of Kingwood, W.Va., resident Kaylyn Christopher, Bland, Hamric and Ripley, W.Va., native Alison Spiker.
Freshman Katelyn Williams tied for third in the high jump after clearing 1.75 meters. Louisville’s Rachel Gehret cleared 1.81 meters to win the event. Senior Alexis Noel triple jumped 11.79 meters to place seventh.
On Saturday, the Mountaineers picked up team points from pole vaulter Kristen Loughry, who tied for seventh after clearing 3.50 meters. WVU also got points from Carrier’s fourth-place finish in the heptathlon with 5,023 points and Spiker’s fourth-place result in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:47.55).
West Virginia returns to action on May 16-18, at the ECAC Championships in Princeton, N.J.