MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Eight personal-best times paced the West Virginia University track and field team on the first day of competition at the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
In the last event of the first day, the distance medley relay team of Kelly Williams
, Christa D'Egidio
, Peyton Hampson
and Sarah Martinelli
placed third with a season-best time of 11:29.91 to gain six points for the Mountaineers.
Junior Stormy Nesbit
was the first Mountaineer to score for WVU with an eighth place finish in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 5.92 meters (19-05.25). The mark also is tied for the fourth best jump in WVU program history.
To start off the day, Williams placed fifth in the prelims of mile with a time of 4:49.82 to move into the finals on Sunday. Junior Chené Townsend
will also see action tomorrow as the Kingston, Jamaica native took fifth in the 60-meter hurdle prelims with a personal-best time of 8.38. Townsend’s time is also the fourth best in WVU program history.
In the weight throw, senior Heather Adams
finished in 10th place with a mark of 17.76 meters, which ranks No. 5 in program history. Adams now owns all five top-5 marks in the weight throw in program history.
Returning to the track for only the second time this season, All-American Sarah-Anne Brault
placed ninth in the 5,000 meter-run with a time of 16:46.80, while Jordan Hamric
followed closely behind in 10th place with a personal-best time of 16:46.82.
In the 600-yard dash, all four Mountaineers posted personal-best times with D'Egidio leading the way with a 12th place finish and a time of 1:25.50. Allison Tyree
followed in 16th place (1:29.05), while Arielle Gaither
and Alyssa Scherich
followed in 18th (1:31.16) and 19th place (1:32.34), respectively.
At the end of the first day, West Virginia stands in ninth place with seven points, while No. 5 Kansas is in first with 67 points and No. 13 Texas is in second with 46 points. No. 12 Iowa State sits in third with 44 points, while Kansas State (21) and Oklahoma State (15) round out the top five.
Competition at the championships is set to resume at noon E.T., tomorrow at the Lied Recreational Center. Live results can be found at deltatiming.com, with a recap and final results available at WVUsports.com following the completion of the competition.