Track Hosts Second Indoor Meet

  • By Abby Norman
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  • January 18, 2013 10:58 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University track and field team is ready to host its second meet of the indoor season with the WVU Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19, in the WVU Shell Building.

Competition begins at 9 a.m., for track and field events with the weight throw, while the distance medley relay is slated as the first event on the track.

“Once this phase of the season gets underway we look for the same things week in and week out,” coach Sean Cleary says. “We are looking to see that the team is executing the little things that we work on in practice. We are looking to work hard and work efficient in practice and see the results come meet time.

“The luxury of this meet is that it is low key in nature. We had an opportunity to work very hard this week in practice knowing that we get to sleep in our own beds this weekend to compete. The goals are simple this weekend-be better than a week ago.”

WVU is coming off a strong showing at the Doug Raymond Invitational at Kent State where they recorded three first-place finishes and had two field events post top 5 program bests. 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. Freshman Peyton Hampson placed first in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:03.22, while 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.

Junior Chene Townsend posted a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.58. Townsend also took 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, while senior Heather Adams also finished strong by recording the fourth-best throw in program history of 16.72 meters in the weight throw.

Live results from the events and a recap following the completion of the competition can be found at WVUsports.com.