Track Posts Three First Place Finishes


By Abby Norman for WVUsports.com
January 12, 2013 06:02 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University track and field team recorded three first place finishes in the Doug Raymond Invitational at Kent State on Saturday.

In her first meet of the indoor season, senior Stephanie Aldea took first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.82, while freshman Peyton Hampson placed first in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:03.22.The distance medley team of Hampson, juniors Sarah Martinelli and Arielle Gaither and freshman Kelly Williams also took first place with a time of 12:15.49.

“A few performances did stand out for so early in the year,” coach Sean Cleary says. “Stephanie Aldea has done a very good job of getting herself back into a position to lead our mid-distance girls this winter. Peyton (Hampson) also had a very good freshman debut and I am pleased with the way that she handled the tactics in her first outing.”

Finishing just behind Aldea in the 800-meter run, freshman Christa D’Egidio placed second with a time of 2:19.88, while sophomore Shannen Daly finished sixth and senior Hallie Portner and junior Allison Tyree finish ninth and tenth, respectively.

Junior Chene Townsend posted a second place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.58, while also taking ninth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.69. Senior Sydney Cummings placed second in the high jump and tied the fifth best jump in program history with a clearance of 1.73 meters.

“Chene (Townsend) opened in what is her quickest time ever,” Cleary says. “She needs to clean up her timing and will do so in the next few weeks. We should see some very good results over the next month from her. Sydney Cummings also got things rolling with a very good opening weekend and we are expecting nothing but improvement from her.”

Senior Heather Adams also finished strong by recording the fourth best throw in program history of 16.72 meters in the weight throw. Also competing in the weight throw, senior Alanna Pritts and sophomore Karissa Knabenshue placed 12th and 15th place, respectively.

“As with any first meet after the holidays, we experienced a little bit of everything,” Cleary says. “This meet should help with dusting away the cobwebs before returning home next week.”

WVU returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 19 as it hosts its second home meet of the indoor season, the WVU Invitational. The meet is slated to begin at 9 a.m., in the WVU Shell Building.



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