Track: Team Splits for Two Meets

  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • March 27, 2012 11:43 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Off to a strong start to the outdoor season, the No. 24 West Virginia track and field team splits this week to compete at the Texas Relays from Mar. 28-31 in Austin, Tex., and the Raleigh Relays from Mar. 30-31 in Raleigh, N.C.

In its 85th year, the Texas Relays is one of the premier track and field events in the country and takes place at the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium at the University of Texas. WVU will travel hurdler Chené Townsend, heptathlete Chelsea Carrier-Eades and jumpers Sydney Cummings and Meghan Mock to the meet.

Last season at the Texas Relays, Carrier-Eades earned the best collegiate heptathlon score in the nation at that point of the season with 5,927 points, breaking former Mountaineer Pat Itanyi’s 1997 record of 5,684 points. She placed first in four of the seven events, including a 13.04 in the 100-meter hurdles, another school-best record.

“The Texas Relays will be huge for us as we’re heading into the Big 12 next season,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “The primary goal for the meet is that Chelsea earn a national qualifier in the heptathlon. This is her ticket into nationals.”

For live stats of the 2012 Texas Relays, go to this link. A full schedule of events can be found at texassports.com. Additional information about the Texas Relays can be found at this texassports.com link.

Several Mountaineers will also compete at the Raleigh Relays, which begin with the women’s 5,000-meter run at 10 a.m. Friday and end with the 4x400 meter relay Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Two weeks ago at the Wake Forest Open, multiple athletes broke school and personal records, including hammer throwers Terina Miller and Heather Adams, pole vaulter Katlyn Shelar, triple jumper Stormy Nesbit and 3,000-meter runner Jessica O’Connell. With 12 athletes qualified for league competition in May, the meet will be used to qualify additional athletes for BIG EAST and the NCAA East Regional.

“This meet is one of the best invitationals on the East coast,” Cleary says. “We hope to get a lot out of it and add more to our BIG EAST roster and the NCAA regional.”

Live results from the Raleigh Relays can be found at flashresults.com. A full schedule of the 2012 Raleigh Relays can be found at flotrack.com.

Raleigh Relays Schedule of Events
Texas Relays Schedule of Events


Sean Cleary, WVU track and field