MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University track and field team completed the first day of competition at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Round on Thursday, in Lexington, Kentucky.
On the first day of the East Prelims, sophomore Danique Bryan
, redshirt sophomore Madelin Gardner
and redshirt junior Maggie Drazba
represented the Mountaineers at Kentucky’s Outdoor Track and Field Complex.
In the women’s long jump, Bryan placed 20th with a mark of 6.10 meters (20’-0 ¼”).
The first day concluded with the 10,000-meter run, as WVU’s Drazba finished 22nd with a time of 34:50.78.
“We were obviously hoping for a little more today from the girls,” coach Sean Cleary said. “While both Danique and Maggie had good days, they unfortunately did not have great days. At the national championships, a great day is required to accomplish the ultimate goals. This was Maddie's first time at this meet and will leave here with great desire to come back and jump to her fullest potential. All three will be back next year to lead this team.”
Gardner made three attempts in the pole vault, but failed to clear a height.
WVU returns on Friday with seniors Amy Cashin
and Megan Yuan
in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET. The final day of the East Prelims wrap up on Saturday with Bryan and junior Shamoya McNeil
in the women’s triple jump at 6 p.m. ET.
Cashin and Yuan both qualified with season-best times in the 3,000-meter steeplechase set at the Big 12 Championship. Cashin earned a silver medal at the conference championship with a time of 10:18.08, and Yuan finished in 10:24.38.
Bryan will compete in her second event on Saturday in the triple jump. The Clarendon, Jamaica, native, qualified after setting a WVU record in the triple jump of 13.68 meters (44’-10 ¾”) at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship. Bryan bested WVU alum Christine Brown’s 13.20-meter mark (43’-3 ¾”) set in 2001. McNeil also will compete in the triple jump as she qualified with a career-best and second-best all-time of 13.21 meters (43’-04 ¼”) at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship, also beating Christine Brown’s record.
Fans can follow the event live at ncaa.com
. ESPN is also providing live coverage of various events - Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET and Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. Additional updates and information will be available on Twitter.
Out of the 48 qualifiers of the East and West regions, those who place in the top-12 in their events will advance to the NCAA Championships on June 7-10 in Eugene, Oregon.