MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Led by the long jump unit, the West Virginia track and field team continued to have success at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships with several strong events Saturday in Tampa, Fla.
The Mountaineers scored 30 of its 32 total points Saturday, which currently stands at fifth place in the race for a conference title. Cincinnati leads with 37 points, followed by Syracuse (35), USF (34) and Providence (33).
“We had a very nice day,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “I am proud of the way our girls handled the extreme weather. We need to carry this momentum into tomorrow and come home proud of a great year.”
Senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades
provided a surge to the long jump unit by placing second overall with a 6.27-meter jump, providing eight team points with a season-best mark and just short of her personal record of 6.42 meters.
Sophomore Stormy Nesbit
jumped a career-best 6.08 meters for third place and six points for the team. Senior Meghan Mock
came in fourth place to provide five points with her 6.07-meter long jump, a season-best mark and also just short of her career best of 6.17 meters. Overall, the long jumpers provided 19 points to the team total.
Pole vaulter Katlyn Shelar
earned six points for the team with a third-place vault of 3.75 meters, her second-best personal record, while Carrie Long
came in 11th place with a 3.50-meter vault.
In the 5,000-meter run, senior Jessica O’Connell achieved five team points with a fourth-place finish in the race, crossing the line in 16:33.13 in her first 5,000-meter of the year. The time shattered her personal record of 17:19.35 for the event and garnered a USF Track and Field Stadium record along with six other runners in the race. It was also an NCAA regional qualifying time.
Carrier-Eades and Chené Townsend
earned the top finishes in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries and advanced to the finals, which occur Sunday at 11:55 a.m. Carrier-Eades placed first with a season-best 13.09 seconds, while Townsend came in second in a career-best 13.44 seconds.
Carrier-Eades also placed third in the 400-meter hurdles preliminaries and advanced to the finals, scheduled for 12:50 p.m. Sunday. Her time of 58.89 seconds was a season-best time and just one second off her personal record of 57.48 from last season.
“Over a 30-minute period, our hurdlers hit big season bests, Shelar came in third in the vault and our long jumpers nailed a crucial 2-3-4,” Cleary says. “That was an important stretch for us and they handled the pressure well.”
The Mountaineers continue action Sunday as the final day of the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships. Live video is available at bigeast.org and live stats will be provided by halfmiletiming.com.