Seniors Pace Track at Big 12 Championship

  • By Nick Arthur
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  • March 01, 2014 07:43 PM
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Senior Stormy Nesbit takes an attempt in the triple jump on Saturday afternoon at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa. 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia track and field team completed its second and final day of competition at the Big 12 Indoor Championship in Ames, Iowa, this evening.
“This group had some exceptional performances this weekend,” says coach Sean Cleary. “I am especially pleased with some of our upperclassmen. We will return home with better momentum than last year.”
Seniors Katlyn Shelar, Stormy Nesbit and Sarah Martinelli all earned spots on the podium in their final Big 12 Indoor Championship appearances.  
“Shelar, Nesbit and Martinelli all exceeded their Big 12 rankings,” Cleary says. “These young ladies brought their A-game and performed wonderfully."
On Friday, Shelar placed fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 3.95 meters. Shelar took three tries at her own school record of 4.10 meters, but fell just short.
Also on Friday, Senior Stormy Nesbit finished sixth in the long jump. Nesbit posted a season-best mark of 5.88 meters in the event. She improved on her eighth-place finish in the long jump at last season’s Big 12 Indoor Championships.
Nesbit came back, today, and claimed second in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 12.60 meters.
“Stormy was clutch today,” Cleary says. “Suffering all winter with knee issues, Stormy was able to put them behind her today and jump as we know she can.”
Sarah Martinelli qualified for the final in the mile with a time of 4:47.48 on Friday. The Morgantown, W.Va., native, then placed seventh overall in the one mile final held earlier today.
Sarah Martinelli qualified for her first conference final and left indoors with great confidence for outdoor track,” Cleary says.
In the high jump, sophomore Hannah Stone placed fourth with a personal-best jump of 1.75 meters. Stone’s previous best mark was 1.73 meters set at the Akron Invite earlier in the season.
Hannah Stone had the performance of her career. Hannah’s lifetime best came in the biggest meet of her life,” Cleary says. “Today’s performance should give her great confidence for the future.”
Freshman Amy Cashin competed in the 1,000 meters, recording a personal-best time of 2:54.80. Cashin’s result was less than one second short of qualifying for the finals.
It was another personal-best mark in the 600 yards, as sophomore Alyssa Scherich trimmed more than five seconds off her personal-best time set at last year’s conference championships with a time of 1:26.41
Texas won the women’s Big 12 title with a team total of 147 points.
“I expect our outdoor season to be at a much higher level,” Cleary says. “As a team, outdoor takes precedence. Our coaches have positioned the group to be at a very high level in May.”
Up next for the Mountaineers is the Columbia Last Chance next Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, in New York, N.Y.