VSR: Carrier-Eades Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • April 02, 2012 03:34 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades is the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week following her first-place performance in the heptathlon over 21 elite competitors last week at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.

The Buckhannon, W.Va., native and No. 3-ranked heptathlete totaled a second-best career mark of 5,821 points for the seven events, including first-place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles and long jump and second-place marks in the 200-meter dash and high jump.

The six-time All-American also earned a career-best time of 2:18.39 in the 800-meter run for fifth place in the event.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Spring 2012

Week 1: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 2: Hope Sloanhoffer, Gymnastics
Week 3: Christal Caldwell, Women’s Basketball
Week 4: Alaska Richardson, Gymnastics
Week 5: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball
Week 6: Asya Bussie, Women’s Basketball
Week 7: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Week 8: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 9: Matt Ryan, Wrestling
Week 10: Petra Zublasing, Rifle
Week 11: Rachael Burnett, Women’s Swimming
Weeek 12: Hope Sloanhoffer, Gymnastics
Week 13: Chelsea Carrier-Eades, Track & Field

This Week in WVU Baseball
The Mountaineers return home to the confines of Hawley Field to take on BIG EAST opponent Villanova from April 5-7 … Thursday and Friday’s games will begin at 1 p.m., with Saturday’s series finale beginning at 1 p.m.

Last Week in WVU Baseball
WVU took one of three at St. John’s over the weekend … the Mountaineers dropped game one in a walk-off, 7-6, while coming back the next day to win 3-1 … the rubber match featured nine unearned runs scoring for the Red Storm, as St. John’s defeated WVU 14-6 … the Mountaineers also fell earlier in the week to Morehead State (7-5) in the Mountaineer Diamond Classic.

Notes and Quotes
Sophomore first baseman Ryan McBroom had lofty numbers for the Mountaineers in the series against St. John’s … McBroom batted .533 (8-for-15) with four runs, three doubles, one home run and four RBIs … Stuart Jeck got two starts during the series and went 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI, while Nate Antone started game three, batting 2-for-5 with one double and two RBIs … in Saturday’s win, starting left-handed pitcher Marshall Thompson pitched 8.1 innings for the win, allowing one run on four hits.

This Week in Rowing
The Mountaineers are idle this week.

Last Week in Rowing
West Virginia participated in the Occoquan Sprints, which were held on Sunday, April 1, on the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax Station, Va.

Notes and Quotes
The novice four crew of Bethany Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Enya Messersmith, Kaitlyn Eason and coxswain Caitlin Madamba earned its first win of the season at the Occoquan Sprints, crossing the line in 8:12.60 in its flight … the time was the second-fastest out of 18 crews, allowing the team to place second overall in its event … the varsity four crew of Sarah Hansard, Tamyra Roberts, Rebecca Knecht, Brianna Dendler and coxswain Sarah Cartwright placed seventh out of 21 crews overall … in women’s second varsity eight competition, the Mountaineers advanced to the Petite Final where they placed second … the team placed sixth out of 13 crews during varsity eight competition.

This Week in Track & Field
The No. 24 Mountaineers travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete at the Stanford Invitational.

Last Week in Track & Field
West Virginia split to send four athletes to the Texas Relays and the rest to the Raleigh Relays … senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades won the heptathlon over 21 competitors at the Texas Relays with a second-best personal record of 5,821 points … she totaled 3,536 points on Wednesday between the 100-meter hurdles (1st, 13.40), 200-meter dash (2nd, 24.16), high jump (2nd,1.72m) and shot put (7th, 11.49m) … to earn the win Thursday, she placed first in the long jump (6.22m), seventh in the javelin (32.36m) and fifth in the 800-meter run (2:18.39) … Sydney Cummings qualified for the NCAA East Regional by coming in second place in the high jump with a season-best 1.75-meter jump, matching her career best from 2011 … Meghan Mock placed seventh in the long jump at a season-best 5.91 meters … Chene Townsend won her heat of the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries in 13.84 seconds …in Raleigh, discus thrower Heather Adams finished seventh with a career-best 46.29 meters to qualify for BIG EAST … Stormy Nesbit finished seventh in the long jump at 5.77 meters to qualify for BIG EAST … Sarah Martinelli placed third in the 1,500 meter in 4:33.54 for a league qualifier … hammer thrower Terina Miller finished sixth with a career-best 55.25-meter throw, while Adams placed 10th at 52.10m and Alanna Pritts 33rd at 41.72m … the 4x800 team of Jessica O’Connell, Stephanie Aldea, Hallie Portner and Sarah Martinelli finished second in 9:04.53, their first race of the year.

Notes and Quotes
Carrier-Eades’ heptathlon total is expected to be sufficient to qualify her for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June and the 2012 Olympics trials … Cummings’ 1.75-meter high jump tied for fifth all-time best for the event in WVU history … Adams’ 46.29 discus throw moved her from third to second on the WVU all-time best marks list for the event … Miller’s 55.25-meter hammer throw broke her own all-time best school record mark of 54.98m, while Pritts broke her own fifth-best WVU all-time mark of 40.69m with a 41.72-meter throw … a total of 15 athletes have qualified for the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in May … Carrier-Eades, Kate Harrison and Mock are returning All-Americans from the 2011 outdoor season … the Mountaineers look to achieve a Top-20 national finish for a fifth consecutive year in outdoor track.

This Week in Women’s Tennis
WVU will take on California (Pa.) this Saturday at the Ridgeview Racquet Club at 1 p.m. ... the match is the Mountaineers’ final home match of the season.

Last Week in Women’s Tennis
The team finished out its spring break trip to Florida with losses to Stetson and UCF.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers’ home match on Saturday will be the final home matches for seniors Catie Wickline and Veronica Cardenas ... Cardenas currently leads the team with nine singles victories this season ... freshman Ikttesh Chahal was the lone WVU player to score a victory while the team was in the Sunshine State ... Chahal now has six singles win this season ... sophomore Mary Chupa holds the high water mark on the team with eight doubles wins thus far.

This Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers will compete for one of two national championship bids at the 2012 Auburn NCAA Regional Championships, held April 7, at 7 p.m. ET, inside Auburn Arena.

Last Week in Gymnastics
The Mountaineers (21-5, 12-1 EAGL) did not compete last week.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers will be making their 34th regional appearance, 29th in NCAA competition … WVU looks for its first national championship bid since 2000 ... No. 6-ranked Georgia earned the regional’s No. 1 seed, while No. 7 Oregon State is seeded No. 2 … the No. 18-ranked Tigers are the No. 3 seed, and No. 21 Michigan is the No. 4 seed … Michigan State rounds out the field at No. 6 … WVU is 1-1 this year against the field, having defeated AU, then ranked No. 13, 195.175-193.65, on Feb. 12 … the Mountaineers lost at Michigan, then ranked No. 22, 194.65-194.05, on Feb. 3 … WVU will open the meet on beam … the squad’s complete rotation order is: beam, bye, floor, vault, bye, bars … the top two teams and the top two all-around competitors, not associated with an advancing team, will receive an automatic berth to the national championships, in Duluth, Ga., on April 20-22 … additionally, the event winners at each regional site will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier … this year’s NCAA Championships is hosted by the Gwinnett Center and Georgia Tech … WVU was last represented at the NCAA Championships in 2009, when Mehgan Morris qualified as an individual all-around competitor.