Track Earns Several Top Finishes

  • By Jonathan Hevron
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  • April 19, 2014 08:18 PM
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Chene Townsend 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – The West Virginia University track and field team claimed several top-10 finishes at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J., this weekend.
Senior Chene Townsend led the Mountaineers with three top-10 finishes. In the women's 100 meter hurdles, Townsend took second with a season-best 13.54. She followed the performance in the hurdles with a second-place finish in the 100 meter dash, crossing the line in 11.9. The time was the fastest recorded this outdoor season by WVU, and Townsend's first appearance in the event this year. Her third top finish came in the 200 meter dash, running a 25.02 to earn 10th place.
Senior Stormy Nesbit earned second-place honors with a season-best triple jump of 12.66 meters. Her previous long of the season came on April 5 when she jumped 12.59 meters.
Competing in the 4x400 meter relay, the team of sophomore Christa D'Egidio, sophomore Alyssa Scherich, senior Arielle Gaither and freshman Bria Welker claimed fifth-place overall, and first in its heat, with a 3:52.66, setting a new season-best for the Mountaineers.
In the women's 800 meter run, sophomore Brianna Kerekes recorded the fastest time of any WVU runner this season, turning in a 2:15.23 for seventh-place honors.
Coming off a first-place finish in the high jump last week, sophomore Marsielle McBeam cleared 1.65m to finish in a tie for seventh.
WVU had two competitors place just outside the top 10 in the 400 meter hurdles with Arielle Gaither and Alysa Scherich finishing 11th and 12th, respectively. Gaither ran an outdoor season-best 1:05.12, while Scherich turned in a 1:05.18.
In the 3000 meter steeplechase, freshman Megan Yuan finished 12th with a 10:35.41.
The Mountaineers return to the track from April 24-26 at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa.