Track: Off to the Jesse Owens Classic

  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • April 12, 2012 08:13 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Approaching the midpoint of the outdoor meet season, the West Virginia track and field team looks to qualify additional athletes for conference and regional competition Friday and Saturday, Apr. 13-14, at the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

The WVU athletes who traveled to the Texas Relays and Raleigh Relays two weeks ago will compete at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

"We are looking forward to competing this weekend,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. "There will be tough competition, but our focus is to qualify more girls for the BIG EAST meet and the NCAA regional meet. We just need to focus on ourselves and get the qualifying times and marks despite what the competition is doing around us."

Friday’s events begin with the women’s javelin throw at 4 p.m. and end with the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at 10 p.m., while Saturday’s events begin with the pole vault at 10:30 a.m. and end with the 4x400 relay at 3:30 p.m.

Several Mountaineers scored career performances at the Raleigh Relays as Heather Adams’ 46.29-meter discus throw at moved her from third to second on the WVU all-time best marks list for the event. Terina Miller’s 55.25-meter hammer throw broke her own all-time best school record mark of 54.98m, while Alanna Pritts broke her own fifth-best WVU all-time mark of 40.69m with a 41.72-meter throw.

Chelsea Carrier-Eades won the pentathlon for the second year in a row at the Texas Relays with a second-best personal mark of 5,821 points. Last season at the Jesse Owens Classic, she earned WVU’s all-time best mark in the 100-meter hurdles with a 12.97. High jumper Sydney Cummings tied a career-best height of 1.75 meters at the meet.

Live stats will be provided at finishtiming.com. A full schedule of events can be found at this link.

Additional information on the 2012 Jesse Owens Classic can be found at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.


Sean Cleary, WVU track and field