MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University track and field team is set to begin its 2013 outdoor season with the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C., on March 15-16.
The field events start at 9:30 a.m. on Friday with the hammer throw, while the 100-meter hurdle prelims will be the first running event on the track at 1 p.m. Competition will resume on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the javelin, while the 4x100-meter relay will start the running events at 11 a.m.
“The first meet of the season brings with it a chance to chase warmer weather and work out some of the kinks,” coach Sean Cleary says. “For those of us that train on a 200-meter track, we notice how long the straightaway feels. It will be nice to breathe fresh air while competing again.”
This meet continues the 36th season of track and field at WVU and the sixth under the direction of Cleary. Since taking over the program in 2008, Cleary has coached 13 different Mountaineers to All-America status on 34 occasions. Most recently, freshman Kelly Williams
earned First Team All-America honors after placing seventh in the mile at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend.
WVU returns 32 letterwinners from the 2011-12 season, including 2011 All-American Sarah-Anne Brault
in the 10,000-meter run. The Mountaineers also return five athletes who competed at the 2012 NCAA East Outdoor Regional including Sydney Cummings
, Jordan Hamric
, Stormy Nesbit
, Katlyn Shelar
and Chené Townsend
Live results from the race can be found at flashresults.com with final results and a recap posted on WVUsports.com following the completion of the competition.