Track Prepped for Penn Relays

  • By Nick Arthur
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  • April 23, 2014 01:21 PM
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Sean Cleary
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia track and field team will continue its outdoor season and travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the 120th edition of the Penn Relays, April 24-26.
The three-day event will feature more than 35 hours of competition and include high schools and colleges from 37 states.
“It has been a few years since we brought a group of this size to Penn,” says coach Sean Cleary. “We are starting to get more of our best athletes into the mix as the season progresses.”
The action will get underway on Thursday, at 9 a.m., with the women’s discus throw, and will conclude at 5:50 p.m., on Saturday with the women’s 4x400-meter relay.
“Penn is a great opportunity to get out and compete in front of 50,000 fans and feel the pressure that comes with those crowds,” Cleary says. “I am expecting for us to take another step forward with our team as the season moves on.”
The Mountaineers most recently competed at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J. Several West Virginia competitors recorded top-10 results, led by senior Chené Townsend.
Townsend placed second in the 100-meter hurdles and 100-meter dash, while recording a season-best time in each event. Townsend also finished 10th in the 200-meter dash.
Senior Stormy Nesbit recorded her best triple jump mark of the season (12.66 meters) last weekend, finishing in second place overall, and looks to carry that momentum into the Penn Relays.
Results and information regarding the three-day event can be found on Saturday at WVUSports.com, following the conclusion of competition.