Track Qualifies Five for NCAA Prelims


By Nick Arthur for WVUsports.com
May 22, 2014 02:20 PM
Stormy Nesbit
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Five members of the West Virginia University track and field team qualify for the 2014 NCAA East Preliminary Round on May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla., announced today by the NCAA.
 
Seniors Sarah Martinelli, Stormy Nesbit, Chene Townsend and Allison Lasnicki, as well as sophomore Marsielle McBeam, all qualified after ranking in the top 48 of the East Region in their respective events this season.
 
Martinelli is No. 18 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after setting a personal-best time of 10:17.38 at the Stanford Invitational on April 4.
 
Nesbit is at No. 14 in the triple jump. She finished third at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in the event, tying a personal best leap of 13.07 meters.
 
In the 100-meter hurdles, Townsend ranks No. 25 in the East. Much like Nesbit, Townsend also hit her best mark of the season last weekend at the Big 12 Championships with a time of 13.41.
 
Lasnicki finished second in the 10,000 meters at the Big 12 Championships and currently ranks No. 23 in the event. Lasnicki posted a personal-best time of 34:11.20 at the Penn Relays on April 24.
 
The final Mountaineer qualifier, McBeam, had her best outing of the season one weekend ago at the Big 12 Championships. McBeam sits in a tie at No. 31 in the high jump with a personal-best jump of 1.76 meters, set last weekend in her fourth-place finish at the conference championships.
 
The NCAA Prelim meet will feature 48 competitors in each individual event, with each individual looking to finish in the top 12 for a national qualifying spot. The top-12 individuals in both the East and West regions will advance to the 2014 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships on June 11-14, in Eugene, Ore. 



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