VSR: Harrison Named Student-Athlete of the Week

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  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • November 28, 2011 10:47 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Redshirt senior Kate Harrison is the West Virginia University Student-Athlete of the Week for her performance at the NCAA Cross Country Championship last Monday in Terre Haute, Ind.

The Toronto, Ontario native finished first for the No. 9-ranked Mountaineers in eighth place overall out of 255 runners, beating former WVU All-American Megan Metcalfe’s 2002 school record of ninth place for the event. She finished the 6k race in 19:50, her best 6k mark of the year.

The feat helped the team to an eighth-place finish with 297 points, its fourth Top-10 mark in five years.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Fall 2011
Week 1: Erica Henderson, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Eric Schoenle, Men’s Soccer
Week 3: Andy Bevin, Men’s Soccer
Week 4: Meghan Lewis, Women’s Soccer
Week 5: Blake Miller, Women’s Soccer
Week 6: Michelle Kopecky, Volleyball
Week 7: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Week 8: Melis Tanik, Tennis
Week 9: Kate Harrison, Cross Country
Week 10: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 11: Blake Miller, Women’s Soccer
Week 12: Women’s Soccer Team
Week 13: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 14: Jessica Harlee, Women’s Basketball
Week 15: Kate Harrison, Cross Country

This Week in Women’s Basketball
The West Virginia women’s basketball team returns home for a contest with La Salle on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum ... WVU will close out the week with a 4 p.m. game on Saturday, Dec. 3, as it plays host to Boston.

Last Week in Women’s Basketball
West Virginia went 1-1 last week at the 2011 Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Classic with a 63-54 upset win over No. 25 UCLA in the opening round, but fell to host Cal State Northridge by one point, 48-47, in the final minutes of the championship round ... the upset over a ranked team was the first of this season ... sophomore Taylor Palmer was named to the all-tournament team as she averaged 18.0 points per game, totaling 36 points and eight 3-pointers.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers opened the 2011 Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Classic with a 63-54 upset win over No. 25 UCLA … it was the first time WVU had upset a ranked team in the top 25 this season ... the last time was March 20, 2011, when it defeated No. 22/24 Houston, 79-73, in the first round of the NCAA tournament … with the upset win, coach Mike Carey is six wins away from his career 500th victory … junior Asya Bussie currently holds 136 career blocks and is one away from tying the third-best all-time and two away from taking over the No. 3 spot in the WVU record books ... despite holding a 3-2 overall record, WVU has held all opponents under 60 points this season and defensively allows teams an average of 43.8 points per game.

This Week in Cross Country
The No. 9 Mountaineers have completed the 2011 season.

Last Week in Cross Country
West Virginia clinched its fourth Top-10 finish in five years with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championship last Monday in Terre Haute, Ind. ... redshirt senior Kate Harrison broke the all-time best mark at nationals in WVU cross country history with an eighth-place finish, beating former Mountaineer All-American Megan Metcalfe’s 2002 record of ninth place at the event ... junior Katie Gillespie also earned All-America honors with a 27th-place finish ... redshirt junior Sarah-Anne Brault came in 68th place with a 6k time of 20:47, while redshirt senior Ahna Lewis and redshirt junior Stephanie Aldea also scored for the team with their respective 116th and 172nd-place finishes ... redshirt senior Kaylyn Christopher came in 196th place, while redshirt junior Jordan Hamric came in 253rd place.

Notes & Quotes
Redshirt senior Ahna Lewis was awarded the NCAA Elite 89 award for the sport of women’s cross country following the race ... for each of the NCAA’s 89 championship events, the award is given to the highest-ranking participating individual with the top academic mark over the most credits taken ... redshirt senior Kaylyn Christopher matched Metcalfe as the only Mountaineers in school history to compete in four NCAA Cross Country Championships ... redshirt senior Kate Harrison made her fourth trip to the NCAAs, but did not compete her freshman year in 2007 due to injury ... redshirt senior Ahna Lewis and junior Sarah-Anne Brault made their third trips, while Katie Gillespie and Stephanie Aldea made their second trips.

This Week in Swimming & Diving
Both teams have multiple qualifiers for the 2011 AT&T Winter Nationals Championships from Dec. 1-3, in Atlanta, Ga. … the preliminary rounds will begin at a 9 a.m. each morning, with the finals beginning at 6 p.m. … the divers will also be in action at the Miami Diving Invitational in Miami, Ohio, from Dec. 1-3.

Last Week in Swimming & Diving
Both squads were idle.

Notes and Quotes
Junior Rachael Burnett has the top women’s BIG EAST time in the 500 free (4:46.48) and 1650 free (16:26.25), while the 800 free relay time of 7:20.90 is ranked as the nation’s eighth fastest … senior Taylor Camp has the fastest 100 fly (47.65) time in the conference.

This Week in Track & Field
The Mountaineers begin the 2011-12 campaign with the WVU Holiday Classic on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Shell Building ... the meet begins at 9 a.m. and will run most of the day ... the schools competing include Alderson-Broaddus, Duquesne, Glenville State, Juniata, Lake Erie Community College, Mountain State, Washington & Jefferson, Waynesburg, Wheeling Jesuit and West Virginia Wesleyan.

Last Season in Track & Field
West Virginia placed in the Top 20 in both indoor and outdoor track as indoor finished 18th in the country and outdoor placed 20th at NCAAs ... it marked the fourth year in a row that WVU has placed in the Top 20 for both seasons ... altogether 13 All-American performances were accomplished during the year, eight BIG EAST champions were crowned and coach Sean Cleary and his staff were named the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year ... Cleary was also a candidate for the USTFCCCA Coach of the Year ... three track members were named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team ... qualified school-best seven athletes for outdoor nationals for eight events ... tied a school-record 12 athletes being sent to the NCAA East Regional ... achieved a program best second-place finish at the BIG EAST Outdoor championships ... Cleary was named the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year.

Notes and Quotes
All-American Chelsea Carrier, last year’s Mid-Atlantic Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, returns for her senior year in outdoor track ... All-Americans Kate Harrison, Sarah-Anne Brault, Meghan Mock, Katelyn Williams, and Jessica O’Connell also return this season ... the Mountaineers will look to achieve Top-20 finishes for a fifth consecutive year in both indoor and outdoor track.

This Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers have completed the 2011 season.

Last Week in Volleyball
WVU completed the 2011 season with a 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 22-25, 23-25) loss to the Thundering Herd of Marshall ... the Mountaineers still hold a 28-17 advantage over Marshall in the all-time series.

Notes and Quotes
WVU finished out the 2011 season by losing to in-state rival Marshall 3-1 … the Mountaineers finished the season with a 7-19 (5-9 BIG EAST) record … WVU finished 11th in the BIG EAST rankings with a 5-9 record … senior Michelle Kopecky finished the season with a career-high 23 kills against the Thundering Herd … Kopecky finished the season No. 1 on the team in kills (264), kills per set (2.93) and service aces (29) … by recording 45 assists against Marshall, senior setter Kari Post moves up one spot on the all-time assists list in the WVU record book … the Yuba City, Calif., native now has 3,384 assists in her career, which places her at No. 3 … after recording 27 digs against Marshall, senior libero Serinna Russo also moves into the WVU record book … the Riverside, Calif., native finished with 530 digs, which places her at No. 3 on the Total Digs in a Season list.

This Week in Wrestling
The Mountaineers will compete at the 30th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational on Dec. 2-3 in Las Vegas … the Cliff Keen is one of the nation’s most elite wrestling tournaments that features some of the nation’s best wrestling programs.

Last Week in Wrestling
WVU did not compete.

Notes and Quotes
Junior Shane Young and redshirt Nathan Pennesi are off to a hot start yet again this year … the duo placed first at both the Washington & Jefferson Tournament and the Navy Classic … Young and Pennesi each sport an undefeated record of 9-0, respectively … redshirt sophomore Mac Mancuso holds the high water mark on the team with 10 overall victories … three other Mountaineers have a win total of nine on the season, including redshirt senior Kyle Eason, freshman Dominic Prezzia and redshirt freshman George Scheffel.


Kate Harrison, WVU Athletics