WVU Completes Day One at NCAA Regionals

  • By Katie Kane
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  • May 24, 2012 09:04 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades advanced to the finals of the long jump, closing out day one of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Regional, Thursday.

Carrier-Eades finished the preliminary round in 13th place with a jump of 6.15 meters to advance to the finals, in which only the top 16 advance with the chance at three more attempts. Carrier reached 5.89 meters on her fourth attempt, 6.09 on her second and 5.98 on her final attempt, which maintained her 13th place finish, falling one place shy of advancing to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

“The long jump was a bittersweet event for us,” coach Sean Cleary said. “While all three jumpers placed much higher than they came in ranked, we did believe that all three had a shot to move on to the finals in Iowa.”

Fellow classmate Meghan Mock finished 23rd in the preliminaries with a jump of 5.97 meters, while sophomore Stormy Nesbit reached 5.78 meters for 35th place in the initial round.

“Stormy has another shot in the triple jump, but for Meg this was the end of a wonderful career with numerous top-three BIG EAST finishes and two trips to the NCAA Championships. We are all so proud of this young woman’s career and the memories she leaves behind,” Cleary said. “Chels will be back in the hurdles tomorrow. There is no doubt that she will be back ready to go.”

Senior Stephanie Caruso finished 41st in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 37:37.23.

Day two of the NCAA Regional, held at the University of North Florida, begins Friday, May 25, with field events. Katlyn Shelar will open the day for WVU at 11 a.m. with the pole vault and Sydney Cummings will compete in the high jump at 5 p.m. Carrier-Eades and Chene Townsend will take on the first round of the 100-meter hurdles at 5:30 p.m., while Jordan Hamric will close out the day with the 3,000-steeplechase at 9:30 p.m.