MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University track and field team recorded 11 first-place finishes at the WVU Invitational on Saturday at the WVU Shell Building.
“We took a small step forward today,” says coach Sean Cleary. “Having a few more of our experienced women on the track today gives us a little better idea of where we currently stand. In no way are we where we need to be, but we did see improvements in a few areas.”
No team scoring was kept, as multiple Mountaineers made their mark in the program’s record books.
Senior Katlyn Shelar
continued her success this season in the pole vault, recording a first-place finish, her second of the season, in the pole vault with a mark of 3.90 meters. The vault was the second-best mark in WVU indoor program history.
Senior Stormy Nesbit
also made her mark in the record books. Nesbit dominated the triple jump competition, while placing first. Her leap of 12.42 meters was the second-best jump in indoor program history.
In the shot put, junior Karissa Knabenshue
claimed first place. Her throw of 12.99 meters was the third-best mark in the shot put in indoor program history.
“I am excited with the way Karissa, Stormy and Katlyn competed today. All three recorded performances that fall in the top three all-time in program history,” Cleary says. “From what we saw today, all three can go much further and higher over the next few months.”
Freshman Amy Cashin
placed first in the 1,000-meter run (2:56.15), closely followed by senior Sarah Martinelli
(2:57.88) who placed second in the event.
“We emerged from the meet healthy and ready to go back to work. Over the next few weeks, we are looking to put our group into situations that should begin to resemble the challenges that we will see at the Big 12 meet,” Cleary says. “I expect our leaders to begin emerging in a manner that allows for our younger kids to feel confident in their abilities.”
The Mountaineers will have a short turnaround, as they’ll travel to Youngstown, Ohio, for the YSU College Invitational this Friday, Jan. 24.