MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Senior heptathlete Chelsea Carrier-Eades
outlasted a late push from competitors Thursday to place first in the heptathlon at the Texas Relays in Austin, Tex.
The Buckhannon, W.Va., native scored a second-best personal record of 5,821 points to beat Florida’s Brittany Harrell (5,608), Texas Tech’s Precious Nwokey (5,533) and 19 other athletes for the individual title. The tally is expected to be a qualifying score for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June and is currently the nation's best point total for the event.
“We’re very satisfied with Chelsea’s efforts from the past two days,” says WVU assistant coach Shelly Gallimore. “We accomplished what we set out to do. Now we can go back to the drawing board and get ready for nationals.”
A six-time All-American, Carrier-Eades placed first in the long jump at 6.22 meters for 918 points and seventh in the javelin throw at 32.36 meters for 521 points. To secure the win, she achieved a career-best mark of 2:18.39 in the 800-meter run to place third in her section and fifth overall for 846 points.
On Wednesday, she came in first place in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.40 seconds for 1,065 points, and placed second in the 200-meter dash in 24.16 seconds for 965 points. In the high jump, she tied for second place at 1.72 meters for an additional 879 points. To end the first day, she placed fourth in her flight and seventh overall in the shot put at a distance of 11.49 meters to earn 627 points for a total of 3,536 points.
"Chelsea did herself a big favor this weekend," says WVU coach Sean Cleary. "While she has scored more points in the heptathlon, she has not done so without the wind blowing very hard at her back. One of the reasons so many go to the Texas Relays is to take advantage of the great competition, weather and generous winds. While she has scored more points, her performance this week was done so within the allowable wind readings. This marks Chelsea's qualifying for the NCAA finals in Iowa and her inclusion into the Olympic trials this summer. We are happy to have these goals taken care of early in the season. We can now concentrate on having her ready for the most important moments in the season."
Redshirt sophomore Chené Townsend
will compete in the 100m hurdles preliminaries Friday at 9:30 a.m., with the finals scheduled for Saturday at 2:50 p.m. Junior Sydney Cummings
will compete in the high jump Saturday at 2 p.m., while senior Meghan Mock
will compete in the long jump Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The track and field team also competes at the Raleigh Relays Friday and Saturday, Mar. 30-31, in Raleigh, N.C., hosted by NC State. Texas Relays Schedule of Events