MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Led by sophomores Chené Townsend
and Stormy Nesbit
, the West Virginia track and field team finished competition Saturday at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, NJ, with career-best marks and top finishes.
Townsend earned a career-best time in the 100-meter dash with a BIG EAST-qualifying 11.93 seconds for first place in her section and fifth place overall. The time beat her personal record of 12.21 set last week at the Jesse Owens Classic.
She also placed second in the 100-meter hurdles behind teammate Chelsea Carrier-Eades
in 13.66 seconds, which ranks fifth-best on the WVU all-time best times list for the event. She beat her 13.71 personal record set last season and re-qualified for the league championships in May.
“Chené had a great day and we know her times will only get better,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “As a team, we were very strong this weekend. It’s clear that we have been working hard. We’re not all the way there, but our biggest meet begins in two weeks at BIG EAST and we will do what is required to be ready.”
Nesbit earned a career-best 12.51 meters in the triple jump to win the event and shattered her previous best of 12.31 meters set at the Wake Forest Open. The mark moves her from third to second on the WVU all-time best marks list for the event ahead of Tessie Palmer’s 12.45 meters from 1991.
“Stormy is rounding into shape at the perfect time,” Cleary says. “A big personal best today was a big highlight for us.”
Carrier-Eades placed first in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.53 seconds to re-qualify for BIG EAST in the event, and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in a season-best 58.93 seconds to once again qualify. She also came in second place in the long jump at 5.84 meters and placed 18th in the javelin throw at 31.63 meters.
Senior Meghan Mock
finished first in the long jump at a season-best 6.01 meters, topping her previous high of 5.91 meters and close to her career-best mark of 6.17 meters.
Jessica O’Connell placed first in the 3,000-meter run in 9:34.12, while Stephanie Caruso
came in fifth in 10:04.75 in her first outdoor 3,000-meter. Lauren Moskal
had a strong finish in the 1,500-meter run with a career-best 4:55.60.
“O’Connell looked good winning the 3,000-meter today,” Cleary says. “Her season is unfolding nicely. Our team needs to concentrate very hard through dead week and finals. We run BIG EAST just as finals are ending. Rest, concentrate and get ready will be our motto for the next two weeks.”
Junior Sydney Cummings
tied her career-best mark of 1.75 meters for fourth place in the high jump to re-qualify for BIG EAST. The 1.75 mark is tied for fourth on the WVU all-time best marks list for the event.
The Mountaineers next compete at the Penn Relays from Apr. 26-28 in Philadelphia, Pa., and the Ashland Alumni Invitational in Ashland, Ohio, from Apr. 27-28.