Are you ready for Spring? I hope everyone is having a nice break between Cross-country and Track and Field. I have added High School regular season outdoor meets to the outdoor calendar. If any meets are missing or if you want your meet added, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Point Pleasant First Call Invitational on 3/20/2010 is the first scheduled meet I have. I will be adding High School post season and College meets soon. Also, if I have missed any indoor meets that you have participated in, let me know.
By Kelly Tuckwiller for MSNsportsNET.com January 30, 2010 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Senior All-American Clara Grandt led the No. 23 West Virginia University track and field team in an excellent performance today, in the final day of the Penn State National as she took first in the invitational mile. “This weekend was a very balanced team performance,” coach Sean Cleary says.” It is clear that we have to keep working and believing in ourselves to maximize our potential, but I was encouraged by the effort that we exhibited this weekend. In time, the final pieces will be in place.” Grandt, a West Union, W.Va., native, captured first in the event with a time of 4:48.40, marking the second-straight meet she has finished in the top spot. Junior Kaylyn Christopher then posted a good showing in the invitational 800-meter run, as she placed sixth with a conference qualifying time of 2:10.07. (Open link for more)
Concord University Men took team honors at the Marietta Open #1 as several WVIAC teams were in action. The Mountain Lions claimed first place with 126 points while holding off a challenge by Roanoke College of Virginia with 114 points. Wheeling Jesuit placed sixth with 52 points and Alderson-Broaddus finished 7th with 15 points. Winning their respective races for Concord were RJ Anderson in the 55M dash in 6.49, Nathan Rees took the 800m in 2:05.52, Robbie Peters claimed the mile in 4:33.87, and Sterling Snyder completed the 5000M in a winning time of 15:53.76. Ashton Boger of Wheeling Jesuit took 1st in the pole vault with a height of 13-05.75. On the ladies side, the women of Concord University came in 3rd place with 117 points, Wheeling Jesuit University was 6th with 46 points, University of Charleston placed 7th with 29 points and Alderson-Broaddus took 8th with 15 points. WVIAC individual lady winners were Rachel Williams of Concord in the mile with a time of 5:42.46, Sherry Borsos of Alderson-Broaddus won the 5000m in 19:45.28, Brittany Pratt of Concord leaped to 16-01.50 to take the long jump event, and Megan Pratt threw 51-07.25 to claim the weight throw. Concord University ladies also claimed two relay races as they won the 4 x 200m relay in 1:51.39 and the 4 x 400m relay in 4:25.95. Several WVIAC teams will be back at Marietta College this Saturady to compete in the Marietta Open #2.
By Kelly Tuckwiller for MSNsportsNET.com January 16, 2010 Jessica O'Connell MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Junior led the No. 22 WVU Track and Field team today, as she met a BIG EAST qualifying time and broke a Penn State record in the 1,000-meter race at the Penn State Northeast Challenge in University Park, Pa. Jessica O'Connell The Calgary, Alberta, native finished the race in second with a time of 2:47.59, respectively, which puts her fourth on WVU’s all-time list for the event. Senior also met conference qualifying standards in the 1,000 meter with an eighth-place showing (2:57.75). Clara Grandt “The first meet back after the holidays brings with it some good, some average and some things we need to work on,” coach Sean Cleary says. “We will use this next phase of our training to better ourselves for the upcoming meets.” (Open link for more)
After a long holiday break, many West Virginia Colleges and Universities are back in action at various indoor meets this weekend. Alderson-Broaddus, University of Charleston, Concord University, and Wheeling Jesuit will be in Marietta, Ohio for the Marietta Open #1. Marshall will be traveling to the University of Kentucky for the Kentucky Invitational while West Virginia will be at Penn State University for the Penn State Northeast Challege.