Track: Strong Day at Swarthmore Meet

  • By Daniel Whitehead
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  • May 15, 2012 02:21 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In a final effort to secure NCAA regional-qualifying spots, several West Virginia track and field athletes competed at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet Monday evening in Swarthmore, Pa.

Senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades led the way for the team with a new facility record in the 100-meter dash as she placed first in 11.82 seconds. It marked the first time competing in the event this season for the Buckhannon, W.Va., native. She also competed in the high jump later in the day.

“This was a nice tune-up for the NCAA Championships in a few weeks,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “Most in the group ran at or very close to their season-best times. Now we wait to find out the selections for nationals.”

Chené Townsend continued to perform well as she placed second in the 100-meter dash at 11.97, just four hundredths of a second off her personal-best 11.93.

In her first 800-meter run this season, junior Stephanie Aldea competed in strong fashion with a 2:13.50 finish to achieve tenth place in the race.

Senior Jessica O’Connell led the Mountaineers in the 1,500-meter run with an 11th-place finish in 4:21.98, her third-best career mark and second-best mark from the 2012 outdoor season. Junior Hallie Portner followed in 24th place with a time of 4:39.87, with Jordan Hamric (25th, 4:40.50) and Aubrey Moskal (30th, 4:43.24) in close pursuit.

Competing unattached, freshman Sarah McCauley earned a season-best 4:44.64 for 32nd place in the 1,500-meter, beating her personal best set earlier in the season by one second.

The Mountaineers find out later in the week which athletes are selected to compete at the NCAA East Regional slated for May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. The NCAA Outdoor Championships take place June 6-9 in Ames, Iowa.


Sean Cleary, WVU track and field