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Track: Hamric, Moskal Lead at Larry Ellis Invite


By Daniel Whitehead for WVUsports.com
April 20, 2012 11:08 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Juniors Jordan Hamric and Aubrey Moskal had strong performances Friday evening to lead the West Virginia track and field team at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, NJ.

Hamric put together a strong effort in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to place seventh in a career-best 10:28.71, nearly 20 seconds ahead of her previous best of 10:47.05 from the Stanford Invitational two weeks ago when she earned an initial BIG EAST qualification for the event. The time ranks third-best on the WVU all-time best times list for the event as she moved ahead of Alison Spiker’s 10:38.36 from 2009 and just a split-second behind Jennifer Davis’ time of 10:28.45 from 2005.

Moskal completed her first career 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11th place with a BIG EAST-qualifying time of 10:38.62, easily ahead of the 11:10.24 league requirement. She competed in the event last week at the Jesse Owens Classic, but did not finish the race. Her time ranks fifth-best on the WVU all-time best times list for the event just three-tenths of a second behind Spiker’s 10:38.36.

“We had a very good first day,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “Our steeplechasers were fantastic. Hamric continues to improve. Running under 10:30 has been a big goal for her. In time, she will bring this down even further. For Aubrey to run a time like this in her first attempt is remarkable. They have both found their events.”

Sarah Martinelli performed well in the 1,500-meter run as she placed first in her section and 29th overall in 4:33.43, a second-best personal record time.

“Martinelli continues to demonstrate how much progress she has made this year,” Cleary says. “While tonight’s race was not her fastest ever, it very well could have been her most competitive. Winning her heat with such a strong kick is a testament to what is coming in her future.”

Hallie Portner earned a BIG EAST-qualifying time of 17:29.38 in the 5,000-meter run late in the evening to add another event qualification for the conference championships in two weeks. She previously qualified in the 1,500-meter last week at the Jesse Owens Classic.

Redshirt freshman Alison Kimble also competed in the 5,000-meter and finished in 19:02.59.

The Mountaineers continue competition Saturday with the 4x100 relay and shot put at noon and end at approximately 6 p.m. with the 4x400 relay.

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