MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Off to a strong start to the outdoor season, the West Virginia track and field team featured multiple athletes breaking personal and school records on Friday’s day one of the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The hammer throwers had an excellent meet as Terina Miller
placed fourth with a regional-qualifying distance of 54.98 meters, while junior Heather Adams
came in fifth at 53.29 meters as both earned career-best marks. Miller achieved her first career regional-qualifying mark by breaking her old personal and all-time school-best distance of 52.60 meters, while Adams was within striking distance of qualifying as she shattered her 2011 mark of 45.46 meters. Junior Alanna Pritts
also earned a personal record of 40.69 meters.
“I am very happy with the results from today’s hammer throws,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “All three came out and threw lifetime bests. I expect to see all three throw much further as the season progresses.”
Another highlight was sophomore pole vaulter Katlyn Shelar
, who broke school and personal records with a 3.95-meter vault, erasing a personal record of 3.77 meters and placing second best all-time in the WVU outdoor pole vault ahead of Kristin Quackenbush’s 3.86-meter mark from 1998. The mark was also first place at the meet.
“I am very pleased all around,” Cleary says. “We came out and set a standard for ourselves. Katlyn was very impressive, and we know she can get to 13 feet.”
Triple jumper Stormy Nesbit
began the outdoor season on a good note with a career-best 12.31 meters, moving her to third place on the WVU all-time outdoor triple jump list ahead of Natalie Barnes’ 11.97 from 1996.
Making her season debut, six-time All-American Chelsea Carrier-Eades
placed first in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries in 13.56 seconds, while redshirt sophomore Chené Townsend
placed third in 13.92. Both advance to compete in the finals, which occur Saturday at 11 a.m.
“Carrier and Townsend looked good in the semifinals of the hurdles,” Cleary says. “Qualifying first and third for the finals was a nice way to start the day. Both are a little short on speed, therefore should run much faster over the next few months.”Jenna Barreto
, running her first career 800-meter run, had a nice debut by placing first in her section and fourth overall in a BIG EAST-qualifying 2:13.46. Sarah Martinelli
placed 24th in 2:18.30, while Hallie Portner
and Alex Klauke
earned respective 2:23.31 and 2:23.91 times.
“For Jenna to come out and hit BIG EAST in her first 800 meter was impressive,” Cleary says. “I have a distinct feeling that we might have a new half-miler.”
A total of seven athletes earned BIG EAST-qualifying marks Friday.Brittany Wolford
earned a career-best 59.05 in the 400-meter dash, while Carrie Long
placed fifth in the pole vault at 3.50 meters in her WVU debut.
Saturday’s Wake Forest Open events begin with the javelin throw at 9:30 a.m. and conclude with the 1,600-meter relay at 4:30 p.m.