Track Posts Multiple First-Place Finishes

  • By Abby Norman
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  • February 15, 2013 08:38 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Multiple first-place finishes paced the West Virginia University track team to a strong showing at its last home indoor meet, the Gold-Blue Open, on Friday at the WVU Shell Building.

To begin the meet, the Mountaineers took the top four spots in the 500-meter run with freshmen Christa D’Egidio and Peyton Hampson leading the way with a first and second place showing with personal-best times of 1:17 and 1:18.34, respectively. Junior Arielle Gaither came in third with a time of 1:18.46, while junior Allison Tyree followed closely behind in fourth with a time of 1:22.67.

Senior Sydney Cummings led the way once again in the high jump with a first-place finish and a mark of 1.77 meters. Cummings leap is ranked third all-time in WVU’s top-5 in program history.

Freshman Ashanti Bess placed first in the 60-meter dash with a personal-best time of 8.09 and the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.53, while also taking second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.84.

In her first time competing this season, senior Jordan Hamric recorded a first-place showing in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:59.24, while freshman Shannen Daly took first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:24.41.

In the weight throw, senior Alanna Pritts and sophomore Karissa Knabenshue swept the event by taking the top two spots, respectively. Knabenshue also posted a first-place finish in the shot put for the first time this season with a mark of 11.95 meters.

This is the last meet before the team travels to Ames, Iowa for it’s first-ever Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 22-23 at the Lied Recreational Center.