Wheeling Jesuit Press Release: The Men and Women’s Track & Field teams put on quite a performance at the Bill Van Horne Invitational as the Women grabbed second place with 95 points and the Men finished fifth with 77.5 points. Emily Taylor scored 25 points for the Cardinals which included two first place (10) finishes and fourth place (5) finish. Taylor won the discus with a distance of 147’1” or 44.83m which is a NCAA DII provisional qualifying mark. She also earned top honors in the shot put at 12.26m, converted is 40’2.75”. Taylor launched the hammer for a fourth place finish while teammate, Megan Pratt, was best in the event with a throw of 45.28m or 148’7”. Emily Taylor photo courtesy of Wheeling Jesuit University Pratt recorded six additional points for the Cardinals in the shot as she finished third, and Amanda Wheeler tacked on two points in the javelin which let the Cards earn points for all throwing events. Sarah Campanelli secured the teams’ final first place finish in the 800m run. Campanelli completed the track in 2.17.11, finishing two seconds before the runner-up. Julia McGinley also scored in the 800m with a personal best time of 2.22.88. Open article for more
Jacob Rollo winning the 100m - Photo by Danny Farley Article revised due to initial error in long jump. Senior Jacob Rollo of Sherman High School and Concord University bound won 4 events. Rollo leaped 20' 5" to easily win the long jump. He won the high jump with a jump of 6'. He won both the 100m and 200m dashes with times of 11.31 and 23.79. Rollo is coming to Concord University for football, but will also be running track for the Mountain Lions. All results and performances are posted and entered. Hopefully, some photos will be added soon by Danny Farley and others.
Today Nike opened registration and announced details for the Nike Track Nationals competition, the first ever national championship competition to name the best high school track and field program in the United States.
I have posted the results from last Saturday's first High School outdoor track and field meets including the Berkeley Springs Invitational and the Holzer Clinic Sports Medicine First Call Invitational from Point Pleasant. There are four week day meets that I am aware of for this week and they are being held Tuesday. Bridgeport Senior, Oak Hill, Point Pleasant, and Preston are the ones having home meets. (Update: Preston meet is cancelled) Action picks up this weekend as numerous Invitationals will be hosted. I will be in Athens on Saturday for the Concord /Pikeview High School Invitational. Please look under the calendar for a complete list of meets. To those that can, please send in results. You may upload your photos to the meet page. If you do so, let me know and if they are good I will post them on the home page with the meet.
I had the pleasure of watching and speaking briefly to the nations new phenom last night in Winston-Salem North Carolina as 7th grader and 13 year old Alana Hadley of Community Middle School in Charlotte, NC ran a world class 17:09.38 5000m while finishing 2nd at the Wake Forest Open. Hadley running unattached led most of the race but was beaten on the last lap by Jen Rawls of Rowan College in 17:04.38. Confirmation is waiting to see if this is a new National record for 13 year old girls. Ususally 5000m races can be quite boring, but all eyes were fixated on this amazing young lady. She told me this was her personal best, but I suspect this new PR will not last long. I wish her the best. Pictured with Alana is her father and coach Mark Hadley on the left. Photo by Jeff Siner.
This weekend you can follow your favorite college team on WV Runners. West Virginia University, Wheeling Jesuit University, and Concord University will be at the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem. Marshall University will be in Miami for the Hurricane Invitational. West Virginia Wesleyan College will be in Charlotte for the 49er Classic, and the University of Charleston will be in Roanoke competing in the Roanoke College Invitational.
Spring has finally arrived (well, almost) Even though College outdoor track and field is in full swing, High School action begins this Saturday, March 20, 2010 with the Berkeley Springs Invitational and the Point Pleasant First Call Invitational. There is no better way to open the first day of Spring than to have an outdoor High School track meet. I wish everyone a great year. You may upload your photos directly to the meet page. Please send in results or any information you want posted to WV Runners. Please check the outdoor calendar and be sure your meets are listed. I have tried to post every meet that I am aware of. I will be posting middle school meets if they are sent to me. Thank you all. Daddy Doug
By Kelly Tuckwiller for MSNsportsNET.com March 13, 2010 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University track and field team completed the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., this evening with a 10th-place finish, as all seven student-athletes earned All-America honors. West Virginia finished a school-best 10th at this year's indoor nationals in Fayetteville, Ark. Ilora Cipolat photo “Track and field, like all sports is about rolling at the right time,” coach Sean Cleary says. “2010 brought with it a 10th-place national finish and 10 All-America awards. This is the greatest moment collectively in WVU track and field history. To have our cross country team finish sixth in the nationals this fall and now to see this group emulate a top 10 finish themselves is historic. The efforts of this very special group of student-athletes, our coaching staff, combined with the fan support that we have developed over the years, surely makes this a very special moment.” WVU earned the highest ranking of any BIG EAST team as it scored 18 points for 10th place. Oregon finished in the top spot with 61 points, while Tennessee finished second (36), LSU in third (35), Florida in fourth (33) and Texas A&M in fifth (31). Continued
Shawnee Carnett Sets New School Record in the 800m Concord University men and ladies relays teams set four school records at the Coastal Carolina University Invitational on Friday during day one of the two day meet. On Saturday Shawnee Carnett blazed to a first place finish in the 800m run in a new school record time of 2:14.18 eclipsing the old record by nearly 5 seconds. The Lady Mountain Lions 4 x 800m relay team placed 2nd with a school record setting time of 9:39.64. The 4 x 800 team was comprised of Rachel Williams, Lindsey DeVaughn, Chelsea Calloway, and Dani Pye. The men's 4 x 800m relay team set the school record with a time of 7:55.59 while finishing 3rd. The relay team was led by Szymon Rola (pictured) as he ran a 1:55 flat first leg. The other strong legs were run by Nathan Rees, Craig Pritt, and Robbie Peters. The ladies 4 x 200m relay team ran a record 1:46.59 while placing 10th. Brittany Pratt, Lydia Powell, Erin Barnett, and Shawnee Carnett were members of the shool record setting team. The men's 4 x 200m relay team also placed 10th, but it was good enough to set a new school record with a time of 1:33.66. The team members are Dennis Cole, Orlando Bryant, Jason Brackett, and John Gadomski. The Mountain Lions will be competing today in hopes for some more strong showings.
By Kelly Tuckwiller for MSNsportsNET.com MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The No. 22 West Virginia University track and field team remains at No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic Regional poll for the second-consecutive week, announced by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Penn State leads the pack, while the 2010 BIG EAST indoor champion Villanova is No. 3, Georgetown is No. 4 and Princeton is No. 5. The Mountaineers returned to the top 25 in the national polls this week at No. 22, after their fourth-place showing at the last weekend’s conference championships. Next, WVU is set to compete in the Alex Wilson Invitational on March 5-6, in South Bend, Ind., before competing at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 12-13. So far, the Mountaineers have seen three student-athletes meet automatic qualifying standards in seniors Marie-Louise Asselin (5,000 meter), Clara Grandt (5,000 meter) and junior Chelsea Carrier (pentathlon). WVU’s distance medley relay team of Kaylyn Christopher, Keri Bland, April Rotilio and Jessica O’Connell are also vying for a spot at NCAA’s after posting a provisional time of 11:14.95 at BIG EAST. The team is currently at No. 9 on the national top performers list for the event.
Herd finishes 10th in Houston HOUSTON, Texas - Andrea Jackson jumped her way to second place in the triple jump as the Marshall University women's track and field team concluded Conference USA Indoor Championships at the University of Houston. Jackson's distance of 41-05.75 feet was 1.25 feet clear of Tomika Story of UCF for third place. UTEP's Blessing Okagbare won the event at 44-05 feet. Despite not placing on the podium, many Marshall athletes posted numerous season bests, including Vanessa Jules who tied the school record in high jump, clearing 5-7 feet. Other personal bests were Allison Cox in the 3000 with a time of 10:36.22, Kathleen Clark in the 800 (2:21.19), Molly Grove in the weight throw (51-07) and Rolanda Bruce in the 400 meter dash (58.49). The 4x400 relay team also posted a season best. The Herd placed 10th in Houston and now will send a handful of girls to Virginia Tech next weekend with one final chance to qualify for indoor nationals.