MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three West Virginia athletes completed competition at the 2012 Texas Relays with solid performances Friday at the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium at the University of Texas.
Junior Sydney Cummings
highlighted the day for the Mountaineers with a second-place finish in the high jump with a season best 1.75-meter jump, matching a career best set in 2011 and qualifying for the NCAA East Regional in May. The mark also placed her tied for fourth on the WVU all-time best marks list for the event with Nancy Regalbuto's 2005 height and Natasha Redman's from 2009.
“Sydney came out of the indoor season in very good shape and growing with confidence,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “Today's jump should qualify her for the regional meet. It is nice to have that out of the way. She has the ability to clear a few more bars before the year’s end. Should she do so, we will see her at the outdoor national finals.”
Senior Meghan Mock
placed seventh in the long jump with a season-best 5.91 meters, improving from her 5.50-meter performance at the Wake Forest Open two weeks ago.
“Megan continues to improve after sustaining an indoor injury that derailed her in February,” Cleary says. “While she has jumped further in the past, coach Gallimore and Megan both know they are on the right path to see the best jumping of her career the next three months.”
Redshirt sophomore Chené Townsend
won her 100-meter hurdles heat with a season-best time of 13.84 seconds, but did not advance to Saturday’s finals.
“Chene had a nice hurdles race,” Cleary says. “Similar to Chelsea, she is a little short on speed right now. As the season goes on, we will see her continue to improve. I expect to see two to three tenths of a second dropped by the time BIG EAST rolls around in May.”
Senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades
finished first in the heptathlon Thursday with a second-best personal record of 5,821 points to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June and the Olympic trials this summer.
“We are pleased with the performances put up by our ladies over the past few days,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “We brought a very small group to Texas and they took advantage of the opportunity.”
The track and field team is also competing at the Raleigh Relays this weekend in Raleigh, N.C., before preparing for the Stanford Invitational Apr. 6-7 in Palo Alto, Calif.