Track Heads to Penn State


By Abby Norman for WVUsports.com
January 24, 2013 11:25 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After a successful home meet that saw eight first place finishes, the West Virginia University track and field team will head to State College, Pa., for the two-day PSU National Invitational on Jan. 25-26.

“I am looking forward to seeing how the team handles the challenge of our biggest meet thus far this winter,” coach Sean Cleary says. “I am especially looking forward to seeing how our young kids go out there and perform in this arena. We are very familiar with this meet and should take advantage of this experience.”

Competition is slated to begin at noon on Friday, where the Mountaineers will face off against host Penn State, while also competing against former Big East foes Pitt, Syracuse, Villanova and Georgetown.

“It is essential that we do not go into bigger meets and get intimidated by our competition,” Cleary says. “The reality lies in the fact that the level of competition is irrelevant. We simply need to take care of ourselves and let the chips fall where they do.

“The goals remain the same and they are to perform to the best of our abilities. Every single time an athlete puts on the blue and gold, we need to be our very best.”

Last weekend at the WVU Invitational, senior Sydney Cummings led the way by posting the second best high jump score in program history with a personal-best leap of 1.76 meters. 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.

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

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 Allison Tyree also took top honors.

Live results from the race can be found at gopsusports.com with final results and a recap posted on WVUsports.com following the completion of the competition.



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