Track Travels to Patriot Open Invitational

  • By Abby Norman
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  • April 12, 2013 01:45 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University track and field team continues its outdoor season by traveling to Fairfax, Va., for the Patriot Open Invitational hosted by George Mason on Saturday, April 13.

WVU will compete against more than 1,200 athletes and 37 collegiate teams this weekend. The field events start at 10 a.m., with the hammer throw and long jump, while the 100-meter dash will be the first running event on the track at noon.

The Mountaineers are coming off a strong showing at the Ohio Team Challenge in Athens, Ohio and the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala. Katlyn Shelar led the team at Ohio with a first-place showing and school-record breaking mark in the pole vault of 4.08 meters. Shelar’s personal-best mark is currently ranked No. 4 in the Big 12, No. 10 in the east region and No. 22 nationally.

Senior Sydney Cummings led WVU at Auburn, with a fifth-place finish in the invitational heat of the high jump with a mark of 1.77 meters. Cummings currently ranks No. 2 in the Big 12, No. 16 in the east region and No. 24 nationally in the event. Junior Chene Townsend also had a good meet by placing seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.75.

After breaking the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Jordan Hamric is also highly ranked nationally with her time of 10:17.58. Hamric is ranked No. 2 in the Big 12, No. 7 in the east region and No. 14 nationally in the steeplechase.

Live results can be found at www.atlanticcoasttiming.com/gmu, with final results and a recap posted on WVUsports.com following the completion of the competition.