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Throwers Highlight Track Competition


By Abby Norman for WVUsports.com
April 27, 2013 08:40 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University track and field team completed competition at the Ashland Alumni Open and the Penn Relays on Saturday.

Heather Adams led the way with a personal-best throw in the discus. Adams finished second in Heat 2 with a mark of 46.57 meters. Adam’s performance on Saturday puts her at No. 2 on WVU’s all-time list for discus in program history. Adams also competed in the hammer throw and was the top finisher for WVU with a mark of 52.93 meters.

“Heather with another big personal best in the discus comes at the right time with the Big 12 Championships right around the corner,” coach Sean Cleary says. “This has been a very strong outdoor season for Heather, but I am of the belief that she has more in store.”

Karissa Knabenshue competed in the discus and the shot put for the Mountaineers. Knabenshue placed 10th in Heat 2 of the shot put with a mark of 12.64 meters, while also finishing fifth in Heat 1 of the discus with a throw of 40.13 meters.

Brittney Thomas and Alanna Pritts also saw action on Saturday with Thomas finishing third in Heat 4 of the discus with a mark of 37.65 meters, while Pritts finished second in Heat 3 of the hammer throw with a mar of 39.96 meters.

All-American Kelly Williams also competed this weekend at the Penn Relays. Williams ran unattached in the Olympic Development heat of the women’s mile and finished second behind Olympic gold medalist Nancy Langat with a time of 4:38.08.

“We are very pleased with the way Kelly ran today,” Cleary says. “She has picked up right where she left off. She is still so new to the mile that every time that she steps on the line, she learns something new.”

The Mountaineers will next travel to Waco, Texas for their inaugural Big 12 Outdoor Championships on May 3-5.



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