MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With the 2012 indoor season coming to a close next week, the West Virginia track and field team looks to qualify several individuals for the NCAA Indoor Championships by competing at the Columbia Last Chance meet Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, at the Armory in New York City.
Competition will begin at 7 p.m. Friday night and run until 8:40 p.m., while Saturday’s events are slated to begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. The meet is one of the final certifiable opportunities for NCAA athletes to earn qualifying marks for inclusion to nationals, which occur Mar. 9-10 in Boise, Idaho.
Senior high jumper Katelyn Williams will look to finish off a strong career by qualifying for the NCAA Championships with a 1.85-meter jump. The Chesterland, Ohio, native earned a season-best mark of 1.75 meters at the Gold-Blue Meet and the BIG EAST Championships. She is scheduled to compete at 8:15 p.m. Saturday night.
Long jumper Meghan Mock also seeks an NCAA-qualifying mark in her event by jumping 6.45 meters. She earned a season-best mark of 5.70 meters two weeks ago at the BIG EAST Championships. The Berkeley Springs, W.Va., native competes at 6 p.m. Saturday night.
“We have a few of our top performers from indoors competing this weekend,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “Both Meghan and Katelyn have already competed at the national finals and would love to go back this winter. They’re both All-Americans from last year and have been a huge part of this team’s success over the last few years. Having this opportunity at one of the finest facilities in the country will present a great stimulus for them.”
With a season-best mark of 8.41 seconds two weeks ago, redshirt sophomore Chené Townsend hopes to qualify in the 60-meter hurdles with a 8.10-second finish. She will compete in the preliminaries Saturday night at 6:20 p.m.; the finals round begins at 7:20 p.m. should she advance.
“Chené looks to improve on her excellent showing from the BIG EAST meet,” Cleary says. “She is coming off the best running performance of her life and looks to run another career-best time in the 60-meter hurdles.”
A handful of other WVU athletes will compete in the mile run and 5,000-meter run. A 4:37 mark is required to advance in the mile run, while the 5,000-meter run will require a 15:57 run.
The Mountaineers will face athletes from Memphis, Florida, Providence, Rutgers, Syracuse, UConn, Duke, George Mason, Stony Brook, Villanova, Texas Tech, NC State, Georgetown and Boston College, among others.
Full results will be posted on MSNsportsNET.com at the conclusion of the meet. Schedule of Events