MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In its second home meet of the year, the West Virginia track and field team made the most of its opportunities in Saturday’s WVU State Farm Games with league qualifying marks and personal bests at the Shell Building.
Competing for the first time this season, senior Kate Harrison and redshirt sophomore Katie Gillespie qualified for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in the 5,000-meter run with their first- and second-place finishes in the event. Harrison finished in 17:23.99, while Gillespie arrived in 17:24.01 as both easily qualified for the 17:37 requirement.
Already qualified for the conference championships, pole vaulter Katlyn Shelar earned a career- and season-best height of 3.77 meters. Another highlight included sophomore Jenna Barreto earning a personal-best mark of 58.83 seconds in the 400-meter dash.
“We’ve got a track here that’s not the quickest one out there, so for her to come out with her personal best on our track tells us that she’s ready for some great running in the next few weeks,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “That’s very exciting for her and the team for that event.”
In the high jump, junior Sydney Cummings had her best jump of the season at 1.73 meters, while senior Katelyn Williams came in second at 1.68 meters.
Redshirt junior Lauren Moskal won the mile run with a time of 5:16.80, while teammates Alison Kimble and Sarah McCauley (unattached) finished closely behind in 5:24 and 5:25, respectively.
West Virginia’s 4x400 relay team, consisting of Brittany Wolford, Barreto, Chene Townsend and Shakiyla Cosby, secured first place in 4:02.29. Three other Mountaineers earned first-place marks for the day, including Shannen Daly (500m dash, 1:19), Alex Klauke (800m run, 2:27) and Alanna Pritts (weight throw, 13.66m).
“Over the next few weeks, we’ll find out a lot about our program,” Cleary says. “Those who have been training hard on the track will get to see faster times in the next couple of weeks on faster tracks. We’re making progress to where we’d like to be by the end of the year.”
The Mountaineers compete next weekend, Jan. 27-28, at the Penn State National in State College, Pa.