Track to Compete at NCAA Championships

  • By Nick Arthur
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  • May 28, 2014 11:26 AM
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Stormy Nesbit
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The five qualifiers of the West Virginia University track and field team are set for the 2014 NCAA East Preliminary Round on May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla.
“As we leave town for the NCAA Championships, we feel confident that we are ready for the challenges that lie ahead,” says coach Sean Cleary. “This group has done everything in their power to prepare for this moment.”
Seniors Sarah MartinelliStormy Nesbit, Chené 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.
The top 12 finishers in each event this weekend will advance to the 2014 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships on June 11-14, in Eugene, Ore. 
“I feel very confident that, should they go out and perform at the level that we know they can compete at, that they will return home pleased with the outcome,” Cleary says. “This is a world class track and field meet, our kids know this and are embracing the opportunity.”
Lasnicki will be the first Mountaineer in competition, competing on Thursday night at 9:40 p.m., ET, in the 10,000 meters. Lasnicki ranks No. 17 in the East region in the event entering this week’s competition with a season-best time of 34:11.20
McBeam will be the next WVU competitor in action, participating in the high jump at 5 p.m. on Friday evening. She ranks No. 31 in the event this season with a jump of 1.76 meters.
Townsend will compete in the 100-meter hurdles on Friday at 5:30 p.m. She currently ranks No. 24 in the event after a season-best mark of 13.41 at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in her most-recent outing.
Morgantown, W.Va., native Sarah Martinelli will wrap up Friday’s competition for the Mountaineers in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Martinelli ranks No. 17 in the event this season and won the 3,000 steeple at the Penn Relays in 10:17.47 earlier in the season.
Nesbit will be the final Mountaineer in competition, participating in the triple jump at 5 p.m. on Saturday evening. Nesbit ranks No. 14 in the region in the triple jump this season with a mark of 13.07 meters.
Results and information regarding each day of competition can be found at WVUsports.com.