MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With a final chance to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, five West Virginia athletes competed in the 5,000-meter run Friday night at the Columbia Last Chance meet at the Armory in New York City.
Looking for a 15:57 indoor NCAA qualification, redshirt sophomore Sarah Martinelli came closest for the team as she finished in fifth place in 17:03.89. Junior Jordan Hamric finished in seventh in 17:09.78, while Stephanie Caruso (ninth) and Aubrey Moskal (11th) finished with respective times of 17:25.23 and 17:28.55.
The 5,000-meter requirement to qualify for the BIG EAST outdoor competition is 17:37, which Martinelli, Hamric, Caruso and Moskal qualified for.
“Tonight was a good night,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “We came here with this group to gain our qualifiers for the outdoor BIG EAST meet. I am pleased to have already qualified four so early.”
Redshirt junior Hallie Portner earned a personal record of 17:51.59 to place 15th overall. It was the first time this season the five had competed in the 5,000-meter run as most had registered times in the mile run or 3,000-meter run.
Several Mountaineers will compete Saturday evening as action continues at the Columbia Last Chance meet. Redshirt junior Stephanie Aldea will compete in the mile run at 6:45 p.m. looking for a 4:37 qualification, Chené Townsend in the 60-meter hurdles (8.10 qualification) (6:20 p.m.), Katelyn Williams in the high jump (1.85m qualification)(8:15 p.m.) and Meghan Mock in the long jump (6.45m qualification)(6 p.m.).
Full results will be posted on MSNsportsNET.com at the conclusion of the meet.
Results from Friday’s events of the 2012 Columbia Last Chance meet can be found at tfrrs.org