MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Led by record-setting performances from junior Stormy Nesbit
and senior Heather Adams
, the West Virginia University track and field team had a strong start to the 2012-13 season at the Marty Pushkin Track Classic on Saturday.
Nesbit posted the fourth best triple jump performance in school history with a mark of 11.89 meters, while Adams recorded the third best weight throw in school history at 16.53 meters.
Junior Chene Townsend also had a solid start to the season by taking first in two events for the Mountaineers in the 60-meter dash (7.75) and the 60-meter hurdles (8.86).
WVU took the top three spots in the 400-meter dash with junior Shakiyla Cosby
winning the race with a time of 59.80 and freshman Hannah Stone
placing third with a time of 1:04.45. Freshman Brianna Kerekes
ran unattached and came in second in the race with a time of 1:01.53.
Freshman Shannon Daly placed fourth in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:23.09, while freshmen Peyton Hampson
and Alyssa Scherich
ran unattached and took the top two spots in the event. Junior Arielle Gaither
, also competing unattached, finished third in the event with a time of 1:21.34.
The top three finishers in the 800-meter run were all Mountaineers as junior Allison Tyree
won the event with a time of 2:27.42, while freshman Christa D’Egidio and senior Lauren Moskal
finished second and third, respectively.
In the field events, WVU won all the events it was entered in with Stone leading the way with a first place finish in the high jump (1.70m). The Mountaineers took the top four spots in the pole vault with junior Katlyn Shelar
competing unattached and winning the event with a mark of 3.75 meters. Freshman Kiley Defibaugh
placed second and senior Lindsay Kopenhaver
and sophomore Caitlin Walton finished tied for third.
WVU is now off for the next month and will return to action on Jan. 12 for a meet at Kent State in Kent, Ohio.