MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -
After setting a school record on the final day of the 2017 Big 12 Outdoor Championships on Sunday, sophomore Danique Bryan
of the West Virginia University track and field team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
A Clarendon, Jamaica, native, Bryan stood on the Big 12 podium wearing a bronze medal after setting a WVU outdoor record of 13.68 meters (44’-10 ¾) in the triple jump. She bested Christine Brown’s 13.20-meter mark (43’-3 ¾”) set in 2001. Bryan returned to Morgantown with two All-Big 12 honors after receiving her first on Saturday in the long jump, where she placed seventh with a mark of 6.21 meters (20’-4 ½”), earning All-Big 12 accolades.
This Week in Baseball: West Virginia plays its final home game of the regular season with a Backyard Brawl matchup against Pitt on Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. ET … this weekend, WVU concludes the regular season at Texas, from May 19-21 … the series begins on Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. ET, while Saturday’s first pitch is set for 5 p.m. … the regular season concludes on Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m. … tickets for Tuesday’s game against Pitt are available at 1-800-WVU GAME, WVUGAME.com or at the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum or on gameday at Monongalia County Ballpark … all three games at Texas will air on the Longhorn Network … links to live streams, radio broadcasts and live stats for all four games this week can be found on the baseball schedule page on WVUsports.com.
Last Week in Baseball:
West Virginia went 3-1 last week, with a midweek split against Penn State and a two-game sweep of Gardner-Webb … the week began with a 6-5 loss to Penn State on May 9 at Monongalia County Ballpark, as Cole Austin
hit his sixth home run of the season … the following day at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park, WVU beat PSU, 4-2, as the Mountaineers scored in four consecutive innings … playing their first-ever game at PNC Park, the Mountaineers scored single runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings … Braden Zarbnisky
earned the save with 1.2 innings of no-hit ball and also had a hit and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to a career-best nine games … after the series opener against Gardner-Webb was rained out on Friday, WVU beat GWU 15-5 on Saturday, as the Mountaineers scored at least one run in all but one inning and plated more than one run in four innings … all but one player in the West Virginia lineup had at least one hit, and three had three hits … six Mountaineers drove in at least one run, with five of them plating multiple runs … six of West Virginia’s 15 runs came with two outs … WVU completed the two-game sweep, and won its third in a row, with a 4-3 victory on Sunday … on Senior Day, senior first baseman Jackson Cramer
led the team with two hits and senior right-handed reliever Jackson Sigman
threw 1.1 scoreless innings … Alek Manoah
pitched 5.2 innings and allowed one run on six hits with a career-best seven strikeouts to earn his first career win.
Following a 3-1 week, West Virginia improved to 30-20 on the season and 18-10 against non-conference opponents … with an 11-10 Big 12 record, WVU is in fourth place, one game out of third place and two games out of second place … the Mountaineers are 9-6 against top-25 teams, with all but six games coming on the road … WVU has won three in a row and four of its last five … WVU’s game at PNC Park on Wednesday was the first-ever college game in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ballpark, while it marked WVU’s first at a Pittsburgh Pirates home ballpark since 1998, a 9-8 win over rival Pitt at the old Three Rivers Stadium … Cole Austin
hit his sixth home run of the season on Tuesday … Braden Zarbnisky
had two saves last week and leads the team with five saves on the season … Andrew Zitel
hit his first career home run on Saturday … Alek Manoah
earned his first career win on Sunday against Gardner-Webb … With three appearances last week, Jackson Sigman
has 30 appearances on the season, the most in program history … Kyle Davis
, who had a career-high-tying five RBIs with three hits on Saturday, extended his reached-base streak to a season-best 20 games on Sunday with a walk.
This Week in Rowing: West Virginia has concluded the 2017 season.
Last Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to compete in the 2017 Big 12 Championship on Melton Hill Lake ... on Saturday, all five of the WVU’s crews finished fourth in their heats, moving the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, first four and third varsity eight boats to Sunday’s Petite Final ... the second varsity four boat competed in Sunday’s Grand Final ... the Mountaineers claimed victories in three of the four Petite Finals ... the third varsity eight boat began the final day of competition by besting Old Dominion, with a time of 7:13.417 ... West Virginia was also able to claim a victory in the first four Petite Final, crossing the finish line in 7:33.229 ... WVU took its third race of the day when the second varsity eight boat finished in open water in 7:00.956, 13 seconds ahead of their counterparts ... the Mountaineers would finish the Big 12 Championship in fifth place with 49 points, while Texas claimed the Big 12 Championship for the third consecutive year.
Coach Jimmy King after the Big 12 Championship: “I’m really pleased with the progress our young team made through the course of the season. Much credit goes to our seniors, who have been integral to the development of their younger teammates. Through the efforts of our seniors, our team ends the season excited about what’s ahead.”
This Week in Track and Field: The 2017 NCAA East Preliminary Regionals will be held on May 25-27 in Lexington, Kentucky … the individual event student-athletes and relay teams will be announced in the upcoming week at NCAA.com.
Last Week in Track and Field:
The Mountaineers returned to Morgantown with seven All-Big 12 honors after competing at the three-day Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Lawrence, Kansas … the seven All-Big 12 honors were earned by six Mountaineers - seniors Amy Cashin
and Megan Yuan
, juniors Maggie Drazba
and Shamoya McNeil
and sophomores Madelin Gardner
and Danique Bryan
… Cashin won a silver medal and Bryan won bronze, as Bryan also set a school record … Bryan was one of the many highlights at the championship as she set a WVU record in the women’s triple jump, marking 13.68 meters (44’-10 ¾”) … the second medal was garnered from Cashin in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase as she crossed the finish line in 10:18.08.
On Saturday, WVU earned four All-Big 12 honors … Friday, redshirt junior Maggie Drazba
earned a spot on the All-Big 12 team after finishing fourth in the 10,000-meter run … Kansas State won the Big 12 title, while West Virginia finished 10th at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship.
Coach Sean Cleary after the final day of the Big 12 Championship: “What a day in the triple jump. Danique and Shamoya were outstanding. Both jumping farther than Christine Brown’s school record - a record held by one of the truly outstanding track athletes in program history. With Brown and Stormy Nesbit having obtained All-American Awards in their prime, we have a bright future in this event. We really believed that we could return home with five to seven All-Big 12 awards, and we are pleased to return with seven. I am very proud of so many moments this weekend. We simply need to keep progressing and come back to this meet a little healthier and a little deeper. By the looks of it we have six qualifying for the NCAA Championships. If we can keep this momentum going the next few weeks can be exciting.”