Hamric Qualifies for NCAA Championships


By Abby Norman for WVUsports.com
May 24, 2013 09:54 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Senior Jordan Hamric finished eighth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Friday evening at the NCAA East Preliminary in Greensboro, N.C., to move on to the 2013 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships in Eugene Ore.

Hamric broke her own school record for the third time this season by finishing with a time of 10:07.00. Hamric qualifies for her first national championships and becomes the first Mountaineer this season to qualify for the championships that will take place June 5-8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

“Jordan’s performance was a stunning performance,” coach Sean Cleary says. “She saved the finest performance for the most pressure filled meet in her career.”

Sarah Martinelli and Aubrey Moskal also competed in the steeplechase on Friday evening. Martinelli finished 20th with a personal-best time of 10:20.56 and moves in to second all-time in WVU program history, while Moskal came in 38th with a time of 10:36.57.

Chene Townsend also moved on to the next round in the 100-meter hurdles on Friday. Townsend finished fifth in her heat with a personal-best time of 13.33, which was good for 20th overall. Townsend will compete in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and must finish in the top 12 tomorrow to move on to the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore.

All three field event performers for WVU completed their seasons on Friday in Greensboro, N.C. Heather Adams was up first as she came in 27th place in the hammer throw with a mark of 54.27 meters. Sydney Cummings and Katlyn Shelar also saw action as Cummings tied for 30th in the high jump with a mark of 1.72 meters, while Shelar finished 17th in the pole vault with a mark of 4.00 meters.

“Today was a very good day for WVU track & field,” Cleary says. “Every single girl that competed today brought a level of intensity that we have not seen all year. I am very pleased with each and every one of them.”

Along with Townsend, Stormy Nesbit will be the only other Mountaineer in action tomorrow at the Irwin Belk Track inside Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University. Nesbit will compete in the triple jump starting at 5:30 p.m.

Live results from the competition can be found at flashresults.com, while final results and a recap will be posted on WVUsports.com following the completion of the competition.




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