MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia jumper Stormy Nesbit
highlighted the final day of the ECAC Championships by breaking the school record for the triple jump Sunday in Princeton, NJ.
The Roseville, Minn., native triple jumped a distance of 13.07 meters to top former Mountaineer Christine Brown’s distance of 12.95 meters from 2002, previously the all-time best distance for the event in WVU’s program history.
The sophomore continued momentum of lengthening her distance for the event for a third consecutive meet, jumping 12.61 meters last week at the BIG EAST Championships and 12.51 meters three weeks ago at the Larry Ellis Invitational. The 12.61 meters was previously WVU’s second all-time best distance in the triple jump.
“Stormy is really coming into her own right now,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “Today’s performance was a testament to how bright a future she has. If she continues this improvement, she will open many doors for herself.”
Liberty’s Mia Aghaji placed second to Nesbit with a distance of 12.83 meters.
Junior Sydney Cummings
matched her season- and career-best height of 1.75 meters in the high jump Sunday to tie for fourth with two other athletes. She had previously reached the height at the Texas Relays and the Larry Ellis Invitational earlier in the season.
“Sydney put together another very good set of jumps,” Cleary says. “She is so close to a big breakthrough. We are really hoping she gets the call for the NCAA Championships. It’s very clear she has another bar in her.”
Boston’s Allison Barwise won the event with a height of 1.87 meters, while Monmouth’s Alison Day and Connecticut’s Natasha McLaren followed close behind. Cummings tied with Priscilla Frederick of St. John’s and Amina Smith of Maryland at the 1.75-meter mark.
Several Mountaineers continue action Monday with the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet in Swarthmore, Pa., seeking NCAA regional-qualifying marks.
Senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades
will compete in the javelin throw at approximately 4 p.m. and the high jump shortly after. Redshirt sophomore Chené Townsend
is set for the 100-meter hurdles at 6 p.m., while Hallie Portner
, Jordan Hamric
and Jessica O’Connell compete in the 1,500-meter run at approximately 8 p.m.
The NCAA East Regional is scheduled from May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla., with the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships set for June 6-9 in Ames, Iowa.