Track Dominates WVU Invitational


By Abby Norman for WVUsports.com
January 19, 2013 07:57 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Eight first-place finishes paced the West Virginia University track team as it dominated its second home indoor meet, the WVU Invitational, on Saturday at the WVU Shell Building.

Senior Sydney Cummings led the way by posting the second best high jump score in program history with a leap of1.76 meters. Junior Chene Townsend took first place in the 60-meter dash with a season-best time of 7.77, while also placing second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.71. Senior Lindsay Kopenhaver placed second in the pole vault with a season-best 3.50 meters.

“In some areas we saw marked improvements from last weekend,” coach Sean Cleary says. “I was especially pleased with the efforts of Chene (Townsend), Lindsay (Kopenhaver) and Sydney (Cummings). Each appears to be leading their groups as we prepare to hit the road next week.”

Junior Sarah Martinelli once again led the group in the 800-meter run with a first-place finish and a time of 2:17.26, while junior Arielle Gaither and senior Hallie Portner followed closely behind in second and third place, respectively.

Sarah Martinelli also had a very good run over 800 meters as she looks to run some quality times in the near future,” Cleary says. “Running on a smaller tighter 200-meter track sometimes has us wondering what certain times really mean.”

Three freshmen took top honors in the 500-meter run with Christa D’Egidio leading the way with a time of 1:17.35. Alyssa Scherich placed second with a time of 1:18.36, while Peyton Hampson and junior Allison Tyree finished third and fourth, respectively.

“While the stopwatch might confuse and not tell the entire story, I must admit that I am very happy with the young ladies in the 500-meter run,” Cleary says. For three freshmen to come out and run that hard today has me looking forward to the next month.”

The Mountaineers also had first-place finishes from freshman Ashanti Bess in the 200-meter dash, senior Lauren Moskal in the 1,000-meter run, senior Alanna Pritts in the weight throw and the 4x400-meter relay team of D’Egidio, Hampson, Gaither and Tyree also took top honors.

WVU will hit the road next weekend as the team travels to State College, Pa., for the PSU National Invitational at Penn State on Jan. 25-26.



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