MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following a month of training, the West Virginia track and field team got back to work with two individuals earning BIG EAST-qualifying marks Saturday at the Nittany Lion Challenge in State College, Pa.
Senior Meghan Mock qualified for the BIG EAST Championships with a 5.53-meter long jump, earning third place in the event. Junior high jumper Sydney Cummings also earned a BIG EAST qualification by registering a 1.70-meter mark in the high jump, good for third place in the event.
“Our coaching staff is satisfied with today’s effort,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “We have areas that certainly need work but that is expected after a long layoff. We will be improved next week at home. All in all, it was a good way to start the new year.”
Having already qualified for the BIG EAST at the WVU Holiday Classic, throwers Heather Adams and Terina Miller posted strong finishes in the weight throw with their respective 15.93- and 15.82-meter marks. Adams’ 15.93 is an early-season high, topping the 15.53 finish at the WVU Holiday Classic.
Triple jumper Stormy Nesbit matched her 11.90-meter Holiday Classic mark for the event, which had already qualified her for BIG EAST.
Senior Brittany Wolford and sophomore Kristen McWhorter represented WVU well in the 400-meter dash as Wolford placed 11th in 58.92 seconds and McWhorter came in 15th in 1:04.20. In the 600-meter run, redshirt sophomore Arielle Gaither finished 12th with a time of 1:41.64.
Four Mountaineers posted strong finishes in the 1,000-meter run as Sarah Martinelli (7th, 3:02.25), Hallie Portner (9th, 3:02.78), Lauren Moskal (10th, 3:04.44) and Alex Klauke (11th, 3:07.06) represented the program well with their performances.
The pole vaulters also posted solid marks for the day as Katlyn Shelar (3rd, 3.50m), Lindsay Kopenhaver (7th, 3.35m) and Kiley Defibaugh (8th, 3.20m) competed well.
In the mile run, redshirt freshman Alison Kimble placed 20th with a time of 5:25.28.
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The Mountaineers host the WV State Farm Games next Saturday at the Shell Building.