Track: McBeam Leads Way at SPIRE Invite

  • By Nick Arthur
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  • February 15, 2014 05:57 PM
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Sarah Martinelli 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University track and field team completed competition at the SPIRE Invitational earlier today in Geneva, Ohio.
Sophomore Marsielle McBeam placed first in the high jump with a personal-best jump of 1.72 meters, breaking her previous personal-best mark of 1.70 meters.
“We had some key progressions in Ohio this weekend,” says coach Sean Cleary. “McBeam seems to have found her stride in the high jump. Having (sophomore) Hannah Stone to work with each day seems to be helping both girls. I see them continuing to improve.”
Senior Katlyn Shelar carried her momentum into the pole vault from last week. Shelar recorded a mark of 3.98 meters, registering a season-best result for the second straight week. It also marked the second consecutive week Shelar took an attempt at the school record but fell just short.
“Shelar continues to establish herself in the vault and is very close to a major breakthrough,” Cleary says.
In the mile, senior Sarah Martinelli posted a personal-best time of 4:47.13, coming in seventh place overall.
Sarah Martinelli ran a best time in the mile. This was Sarah’s first race over 800 meters all season,” Cleary says. “Over the next few weeks, I would expect to see her bring this time down significantly.
“All in all, we took a step forward this weekend. We simply must continue doing so.”
The Mountaineers will host the WVU Gold/Blue on Friday, Feb. 21, at the WVU Shell Building. A tentative schedule and information regarding the meet can be at WVUSports.com later next week. 

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