Last Week in Track
The Mountaineers competed at the Big 12 Championships in Ames, Iowa, on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1 ... seniors Stormy Nesbit
, Katlyn Shelar
and Sarah Martinelli
led WVU in their final indoor conference championship appearances.
Notes & Quotes
Nesbit placed sixth in the long jump with a season-best mark of 5.88 meters and finished second in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 12.60 meters ... Shelar claimed fourth in the pole vault with a makr of 3.95 meters ... Martinelli finished seventh overall in the mile ... sophomore Hannah Stone
recorded her personal-best mark in the high jump with a result of 1.75 meters ... sophomore Alyssa Scherich
and freshman Amy Cashin
also recorded career-bests for the Mountaineers over the weekend.
Coach Sean Cleary: “This group had some exceptional performances this weekend. I am especially pleased with some of our upperclassmen. We will return home with better momentum than last year.”
The Mountaineers return to the road and take on No. 2 Florida, the defending National Champions, on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m., at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, in Gainesville, Fla. … the meet will air tape-delayed on SUN Sports on March 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Last Week in Gymnastics
WVU used a season-best score of 196.175 to upset No. 22 Ohio State (194.95) on March 2, at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers put forth season-best showings on vault (49.15), bars (49.025) and beam (49.025) … the team’s floor total of 48.975 matched its second-best score of the season … senior Hope Sloanhoffer
won her sixth all-around title with a 39.3 score, while freshman Nicolette Swoboda
followed in third place with a career-best 39.2 … Sloanhoffer tied for the vault win (9.875), while freshman Alexa Goldberg
won beam (9.9) … freshman Mackenzie Myers
won floor with a career-best 9.925 score … only 50 gymnasts have earned a higher score on floor in the program’s 40-year history … junior Beth Deal
and senior Erica Smith
tied for second on beam with 9.85s.
Notes & Quotes
Sunday was Senior Day, and the class of Sloanhoffer, Smith, Amanda Carpenter
and Bethany Yurko
combined for six scores of 9.8 or better … a trio of Mountaineers tied for third on vault, with Swoboda, Smith and sophomore Jaida Lawrence
scoring 9.825s … junior Dayah Haley
scored a season-high 9.8 on vault … Sloanhoffer tied her season-high score of 9.85 on bars, good enough for second place, while Smith matched her season-best score of 9.825 and finished fourth … Swoboda also matched her career-best mark of 9.75 and finished eighth … Smith’s beam mark was a career high … Swoboda also scored a career high on beam (9.825) and floor (9.8) … with the win, WVU moved to 12-16 all-time against OSU … UF will be WVU’s fifth ranked opponent in three weeks.
This Week in Rifle
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team (10-0, 7-0 GARC) is idle this week … the Mountaineers will make their eighth straight appearance at the NCAA Championships and compete for a nation-best 16th title, March 14-15, at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range and CFSB Center, in Murray, Ky.
Last Week in Rifle
The Mountaineers shot a two-day total score of 4700 at the 2014 Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships for their fifth straight championship title, March 1-2, at Mississippi’s Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center, in Oxford, Miss.
Notes & Quotes
On Saturday, March 1, the Mountaineers shot in the GARC smallbore competition … they represented five out of eight shooter in the individual final … sophomore Garrett Spurgeon
shot a 587 smallbore score (194 kneeling, 198 prone, 195 standing), tying his season high, and placed fifth overall with a 419.8 score in the final … redshirt-freshman Jean-Pierre Lucas
shot a 587 open relay score, and finished third overall for bronze with a 441.0 final score … junior Thomas Kyanko
shot a 586 (195 kneeling, 200 prone, 191 standing) score, one short of his season high, and his 200 prone score ties a school record ... he finished fourth overall in the final with a 431.0 score … classmates Meelis Kiisk
and Ziva Dvorsak
397.2 shot 582 and 406.3 and 397.2 in the final for sixth and seventh place overall … junior Maren Prediger
shot 561 in the open smallbore relay.
This Week in Tennis
The West Virginia University tennis team returns home to Ridgeview Racquet Club to take on Cornell on March 8 at 2 p.m. and West Virginia State at noon.
Last Week in Tennis
The Mountaineers (2-7) fell to Penn State on March 2, 6-1.
Notes & Quotes
The freshmen tandem of Oana Manole
and Kaja Mrgole
tallied its fifth doubles victory of the season against Penn State … the sophomore duo of Vivian Tsui
and Irinka Toidze
won its second consecutive match … Manole’s four match win streak in singles came to a close at Penn State.