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Track Wraps Up Split Weekend


By Nick Arthur for WVUsports.com
April 05, 2014 08:10 PM
Sarah Martinelli
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia track and field team completed an eventful weekend which included three separate competitions.
 
The majority of the Mountaineers competed at the Ohio Cherry Blossom Invitational in Athens, Ohio, while the remainder of the team was split between the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., and the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla.
 
“This has been an interesting weekend for the team. We had very strong performances in three venues over the past two days,” says coach Sean Cleary. “For the majority of the team, the opportunities to them in Athens were right on with what they needed.”
 
At the Ohio Cherry Blossom Invitational in Athens, Ohio, sophomore Marsielle McBeam placed first in the high jump with a mark of 1.65 meters. Fellow sophomore Hannah Stone finished in a tie for second in the event with a jump of 1.60 meters.
 
At the Stanford Invitational, senior Sarah Martinelli had a career day in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The Morgantown, W.Va., native ran the second-best time in program history (10:17.38). The mark was also a personal-best time for Martinelli.
 
“Out west, Sarah Martinelli ran a tremendous race. Starting off with a lifetime best in her first steeple of the year is very encouraging for later this spring,” Cleary says. “Early season meets are a good opportunity to work out the rust from the winter. We will look for bigger marks over the next few weeks.”
 
At the Florida Relays, senior Stormy Nesbit placed eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 12.55 meters. Her jump was less than a tenth of a meter shy of her best mark during the indoor season in the event.
 
“Overall, the group looked to be a little off. We did have some nice performances but overall we need to be better over the next few weeks,” Cleary says. “The turnaround is very quick before we get on the bus again. We need to go home, stay focused and be ready to raise our game.”
 
The Mountaineers return to the track on Saturday, April 12, at the George Mason Invite in Fairfax, Va. 



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