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  • Mountaineers Qualify for NCAAs

    (L-R) Keri Bland, Karly Hamric and Marie-Louise Asselin Photos courtesy of   By Kelly Tuckwiller for May 29, 2010   MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University track and field team qualified three student-athletes for the NCAA Championships today after a strong showing in the final day of the East Regionals in Greensboro, N.C.   Seniors Keri Bland, Karly Hamric and Marie-Louise Asselin all qualified for the finals in their respective events, giving the Mountaineers a total of five that will compete at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.   Open article for more. Press Release - May 31, 2010 - Comment
  • NCAA Division II Championship Updates for WVIAC Athletes

    Kump, Carnett, and Wilks All-Americans!     Ricky Kump ( Kump Decathlon Live Updates ) is ALL-AMERICAN. Placed 3rd in final event, 1500m run, in 4:34.23 to finish 5th overall with 6,770 points.   Wheeling Jesuit sophomore Sarah Campanelli placed 16th last night in the 1500m prelims in 4:45.68. The top 12 advanced.   Kevoy Douglas, senior from West Virginia Wesleyan College, runs in the 200m prelims today (Friday) scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Freshman Shawnee Carnett of Concord University runs in the 800m prelims today at 6:40 p.m. Josh Wilks of Seton Hill follows in the 800m prelims at 6:55 p.m.   UPDATES: Douglas runs  21.53 and places 10th. Emily Taylor finished 9th with a throw in the discus of 146' 0.25" and just one spot out of All-American. Freshman Shawnee Carnett of Concord University is now an All-American placing 7th in 2:09.84 Josh Wilks of Seton Hill gave the WVIAC its 3rd All-American as he finished 8th in the 800m in 1:50.87.   Emily Taylor of Wheeling Jesuit University  competes Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the Discus.   I will post results as soon as I get them (hopefully close to live).

    Douglas McDaniel - May 28, 2010 - 21 Comments
  • NCAA Divison II Championship Begins With Decathlon

    Kump is All-American With 5th Place Overall   Ricky Kump of West Virgina Wesleyan has gotten off to a good start in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Irwin Belk Track in Charlotte hosted by Johnson C. Smith University.   I will update Ricky Kump's progress as each event is completed. (Top 8 make All-American)   Thursday Event #1 (100m dash): Placed 2nd in 11.11 for 836 points Event #2 (Long jump): Placed 9th (20'- 11.75") for 673 points Event #3  (shot put): Placed 9th (37'-7.25) for 568 points - 6th place overall after 3 events Event #4 (high jump) Placed 2nd (6'06") for785 points - Currently in 4th place overall with 2862 points and only 89 points out of first place. This was a Personal Best in high jump. Event#5 (400m dash): Placed 2nd in 49.63 - 3rd place after Day One with 3741 points and 124 points out of first place   Friday Event #6(110meter hurdles): Placed 7th in 15.89. Moves into 2nd place overall after 6 Events Event #7 (Discus Throw):  Finishes 12th with throw of 102' - 4". 4th Overall with 4974 points Event #8 (Pole Vault): Vaulted 12'  3" placing 10th.  6th place overall with 5,523 points Event #9 (Javelin Throw):150' - 11" for 8th place and 8th overall with 6,053 points Event #10 (1500 meter run): Placed 3rd in 4:34.23. 5th Overall with 6,770 points. ALL-AMERICAN  

    Douglas McDaniel - May 27, 2010 - 12 Comments
  • Final High School Outdoor Rankings

        Final WV Runners individual outdoor track and field rankings or best performances of 2010. Please open up one or more of the links. Then, you can click on each event and see the rankings for each event by class.   The individual rankings per classification are based on the meets that were provided in Hy-Tek or RaceTab. Hand held times were converted to F.A.T. when known. Please open article for rankings.  

    Douglas McDaniel - May 27, 2010 - Comment
  • WVSSAC Track and Field Championship Summary

    Alex Dent of Hurricane - Top AAA Girl (Photo by Lance McDaniel)   AAA Girls 1600m Video (Featuring Alex Dent - AAA Girls High Point Performer)   Team State Champions: Class A State Champions: Williamstown Boys and St. Marys Girls Class AA State Champions: Ritchie County Boys and Oak Hill Girls Class AAA State Champions: Jefferson Boys and Buckhannon-Upshur Girls New State Records: (11) Lacey Hampton of Bishop Donahue (Photo by Danny Farley) Triple State Champion and 3 New State Meet Records Class A (7) Girls 100m high hurdles 33" - 14.90 - Lacey Hampton of Bishop Donahue Girls 300m low hurdles 30" - 46.65 - Lacey Hampton of Bishop Donahue Girls HIgh Jump - 5'-03" - Lacey Hampton of Bishop Donahue Boys 800m run - 1:59.76 - Derrick Chaffin of Richwood Boys 4 x 400m relay - 3:32.57 - Charleston Catholic (Will Dobins, Will Farkas-Worth, Seth Ritchie and Michael Robinson) Girls 4 x 102.5m shuttle Hurdle Relay - 1:06.90 - Williamstown (Kylie Hammer, Jessica Kerns, Lincoln Postlewaite and Keeper Gray) Girls 4 x 400m relay - St. Marys - 4:16.40 (Rachel Taylor, Kelsea Fickiesen, Dani Renner and Ali Johnson) Class AA (0) Class AAA (4) Boys 800m run - 1.54.03 - Andy Bailey  of St. Albans Boys 3200m run - 9:14.23 - Dayton McVicker of Fairmont Senior Girls 4 x 102.5m shuttle hurdle relay - 1:04.13 Buckhannon-Upshur(Susie Godwin, Emily Godwin, Lauren Cvechko and Ashley Hall) Girls Shot Put - 41' 3.25" - Karissa Knabenshue of Buckhannon-Upshur High Point Performers:   Bria Welker of Frankfort - 3 AA State Titles: 200m (25.65), 400m (57.71) and Long Jump (16' 10.5") (photo by Lance McDaniel) Class A Girls: (30) Lacey Hampton of Bishop Donahue and Maggie Drazba of St. Marys Class A Boys: (40) Kyle Davies of St. Marys Class AA Girls: (38) Bria Welker of Frankfort Clas AA Boys: (36) Brandon Franklin of Liberty Harrison Class AAA Girls: (24.5) Alex Dent of Hurricane Class AAA Boys: (24) Brandon Doughty of Jefferson AAA Boys 1600m Video (Featuring Brandon Doughty - AAA Boys High Point Performer)   Kyle Davies of St. Marys (Photo by Lance McDaniel) Kyle Davies of St. Marys won all 4 events he entered in class A  scoring the highest point total (40) of any athlete in any classification. The 4 State titles were in the 100m (11.29), 200m (23.08), 400m (50.71) and long jump (20'-07")   National Elite Performances: (59) West Virginia State Meet National Elites  

    Douglas McDaniel - May 23, 2010 - Comment
  • WV State Meet Day One: McVicker Beats Burcham

      Photo by Lance McDaniel of WVRunners   Dayton McVicker, junior, from Fairmont Senior won the much anticipated West Virginia AAA 3200m run in 9:14.23 which is a WV State AAA meet record previously set by Zach Tennant of North Marion in 9:14.84 last year. US #1 3200m and 1600m Freshman Jacob Burcham of Cabell Midland ran 9:15.94. Burcham pushed most of the pace and told his coach, Chris Parsons, prior to the race he wanted to run 9:15. McVicker ran a great race and with about 900 meters to go made his move. Burcham ran a 61+ second last lap, but McVicker just pushed right by him and Burcham did not have an answer to go any faster. Brandon Doughty of Jefferson ran a 9:23.20 to place 3rd.   Results are up and hopefully, some pics tonight.

    Douglas McDaniel - May 21, 2010 - Comment
  • WVSSAC State Track and Field Meet Information

    Please see links below for the WVSSAC Track and Field 2010 State Championship information and WVRunners State Meet Page. The 2010 West Virginia Track and Field State Championship will be held Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22 at Laidley Field Track in Charleston. West Virginia State Track and Field Records are included in the WVSSAC link, but I provide it for your easy access.   WVSSAC State Meet Information WV Runners West Virginia State Meet Page West Virginia State Track and Field Records

    Douglas McDaniel - May 20, 2010 - Comment
  • 6 WVIAC Athletes Earn Trips To NCAA Nationals

    6 WVIAC track and field athletes have earned trips to the 2010 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships to be held May 27-29 at the Irwin Belk Track Complex in Charlotte, NC hosted by Johnson C. Smith University.   The 6 athletes are: Emily Taylor, seeded 7th in the discus, of Wheeling Jesuit University, Sarah Campanelli, seeded 10th in the 1500m, of  Wheeling Jesuit University, Shawnee Carnett, seeded 15th in the 800m, from Concord University, Josh Wilks, seeded 15th in the 800m, from Seton Hill University, Ricky Kump, seeded 12th in the decathlon, from West Virginia Wesleyan, and Kevoy Douglas of West Virginia Wesleyan seeded 17th in the 200m.   NCAA DII Women Track and Field Championship List NCAA DII Men Track and Field Championship List NCAA DII Outdoor T&F Performance List    

    Douglas McDaniel - May 20, 2010 - Comment
  • WV Runners Outdoor Individual Rankings By Classification

    Here are the final pre-State Meet WV Runners individual outdoor track and field rankings or best performances of 2010. Please open up one or more of the links. Then, you can click on each event and see the rankings for each event by class.

    Douglas McDaniel - May 19, 2010 - Comment
  • 2010 WVSSAC State Meet Qualifiers

    (Bringing back to the top) The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) has posted the State Meet Qualifiers for the 2010 West Virginia Track and Field State Championships. 2010 State Track Meet Qualifiers AAA Boys            AAA Girls AA Boys              AA Girls A Boys                A Girls

    Douglas McDaniel - May 18, 2010 - Comment
  • WV Region IV A Recap

    Johnson, Drazba and Sigler Lead St. Marys Williamstown Defines Team/Davies Scores 40  WV Region IV A  -- Charleston. St. Marys girls held off a pesky Williamstown team 196-181 to win the West Virginia Region IV A meet. Charleston Catholic was a distant 3rd with 86 points. Each team got their points in different ways. St. Marys won 10 individual events and Williamstown won 3 individual events. Williamstown won 4 of the 5 relay events with St. Marys winning the other relay race.   Alison Johnson, a sophomore, from St. Marys led her team with 32.5 points with some unusual winning combinations. Johnson won the 400m dash in 1:02.76, the 300m hurdles (50.61), the long jump (15’-02.5”), and anchored the winning 4 x 800m relay in 10:50.21. Freshman Maggie Drazba scored 30 points by sweeping the distance races. Drazba won the 800m (2:31.77), 1600m (5:29.39) and 3200m (11:35.70). Teammate Ashley Sigler, senior, won the shot put (30’-10”) and discus (98’-03”).   Open article for complete recap

    Douglas McDaniel - May 18, 2010 - Comment
  • WV Region III A Recap

    Richwood Girls Cruise; Boys Win Tough Battle   WV Region III A – Charleston. Richwood girls cruised to victory with 204 points, but the Richwood boys had a hard fought victory to sweep the Region III A titles. The Richwood ladies won 7 of the 17 events with only one double winner. 2nd place went to Pocahontas County with 92 points and 3rd went to Midland Trail with 56 points.   Breanna Mazella took both the 1600m (6:10.08) and the 3200m (14:04.79). Mazella placed 2nd in the 800m (2:51.19) and was a member of the winning 4 x 400m relay (4:48.63) to earn a total of 30.5 points. For some examples in domination, the Richwood ladies scored 21 points in the high jump, 20 points in the long jump, 20 in the 3200m, 18 in the 1600m, 18 in the 300m hurdles, 14 in the discus and 12 in the shot put.     (Open article for complete recap)  

    Douglas McDaniel - May 18, 2010 - Comment
  • WV Region II A Recap

    Tucker County Sweeps Titles   WV Region II A  – Weston. Tucker County boys and girls each scored 142 points and grabbed the West Virginia Region II A Championships. East Hardy and South Harrison finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in boys and girls. The Tucker County girls did it without winning a single individual event. However, they placed many athletes high in most events and gathered 40 points in the relays with three wins and a 3rd and 4th place finish.   Randi Jenkins, junior, from East Hardy was the most productive athlete earning 23 points. Jenkins won the 100m (13.54), placed 2nd in the 200m (29.01), and was a member of the winning 4 x 100m (55.13) and 4 x 200m (1:55.95) relay teams. Junior Katrin Schwarz of South Harrison was a double winner in the 800m (2:38.49) and the 1600m (5:57.63).   (Open article for complete recap)    

    Douglas McDaniel - May 18, 2010 - Comment
  • WV Region I A Recap

    Doddridge County Dominates Region Meet   WV Region I A -- Wheeling. Doddridge County dominated both the girls and boys team competition at the West Virginia Region I A Championship. The lady bulldogs scored 166 points and easily outdistanced runner-up Wheeling Central Catholic (94 points) and Madonna (90 points). The boys with 142.5 points scored won by over a 45 point margin. Wheeling Central Catholic would again claim runner-up with 97 points while Bishop Donahue took the 3rd spot with 76.5 points.   Freshman D’Andra Swiger of Doddridge County scored 22.5 points as she won the 200m (28.29) and 400m (1:03.24). Swiger was also a member of Doddridge County’s winning 4 x 400m relay (4:28.19). Bethany Carroll won two events and added 20 points to the total. Carroll bested the field in the 1600m (6:08.76) and 3200m (12:57.83).   The most outstanding athlete for the girl’s region meet was senior Lacey Hampton of Bishop Donahue who gathered titles in 3 events and points in the shuttle hurdle relay. Hampton owned the hurdles winning the 100m hurdles in 15.69 and the 300m hurdles in 48.94. Hampton added the high jump to her medal count with a height of 5’-2”.   (Open article for complete recap)  

    Douglas McDaniel - May 18, 2010 - Comment
  • WV Region IV AA Recap

    Rollo and Kirk Shine Jacob Rollo File Photo by Danny Farley WV Region IV AA – Charleston.  Senior Jacob Rollo of Sherman and Concord University bound collected 4 individual Region IV AA titles as he led Sherman with a meet high 40 points to tie with Sissonville with 123 points. Poca made it interesting with 115 points and good enough for a solid 3rd place finish. Sissonville did not have a single individual win, but got their points from a total team effort.   Rollo won the 100m (11.25), 200m (23.29), high jump (6’-0”), and the long jump (19’-09.5”). Chase Nelson of Scott pulled off a double win in the 800m (2:09.26) and 1600m (4:50.64).   Poca with 156 points won the girls Region IV AA title with a landslide victory over 2nd place Wayne (103 points) and 3rd place Scott (88 points). Andrian Cunningham paced Poca with 22.5 points as she won the 100m hurdles in 17.02, the 300m hurdles in 48.09, and was a member of the winning shuttle hurdle relay team. Junior Shannon Rutherford led Wayne with a double victory in the 400m (1:00.89) and 800m (2:25.66).   Demi Kirk, senior from Sherman, scored 36 points by winning the 100m dash in 13.12 and the long jump in 14’-10.75”. Kirk also placed 2nd in the 200m dash (27.54) to her sister Donnie (27.33) and 2nd in the 400m in 1:03.81.

    Douglas McDaniel - May 17, 2010 - Comment
  • WV Region III AA Recap

    Farley Is A Triple Winner Mariah Farley of Pikeview   WV Regiom III AA – Charleston. The Oak Hill girls led by senior Neaire Miller narrowly defeated Pikeview led by Mariah Farley for the Region III AA meet by a score of 135 – 126. Shady Spring placed 3rd in 94.50. Miller won both 800m (2:25.01), 1600m (5:27.84), and was a member of the winning 4 x 400m Oak Hill relay team.   Junior Mariah Farley of Pikeview pulled off  three wins to earn  region titles in the 100m hurdles (16.38), 300m hurdles (48.89) and the long jump (15’-09”) to provide her team with 30 individual points.   Greenbrier West shook off stiff competition from Webster County and Pikeview to take the region title.  Seniors Charles Propps and Nick White were solo winners in a total team effort. Propps won the 110m high hurdles in 15.91 and White ran to a victory in the 800m in 2:10.93.   Junior Dale Mitchell of Pikeview was a double winner in the 100m (11.45) and 200m (23.59). Scotty Treadway, sophomore, from Oak Hill was a double winner in the 1600m (4:51.09) and 3200m (10:36.32). Treadway added a relay win in the 4 x 800m (9:01.65) to gather a total of 22.5 points.    

    Douglas McDaniel - May 17, 2010 - Comment
  • Nike Elite Stories: Reese Hoffa

    In addition to the video interviews, Reese Hoffa kicks off a series of stories on Elite Nike athletes as we get closer to the Nike Track Nationals. (Photo by Vic Sailer,

    Stephen Mazzone - May 17, 2010 - Comment
  • WV Region II AA Recap

    Freshman Welker from Frankfort wins 4 events WV Region II AA  – Weston. Freshman Bria Welker of Frankfort won 4 events and led her team to a 10 point victory over 2nd place Keyser 94-84. Berkeley Springs finished a close 3rd with 82 points. Welker won all 3 sprint events (100m - 12.54, 200m - 26.79, and 400m - 59.36) and took the long jump (17-04.75”) by almost two feet. Harlie Stotler, a freshman, from Berkeley Springs had a Milesplit National Elite throw of 40’-3.75” in the shot put. Junior Sarah McCauley of Philip Barbour won the 1600m (5:21.95) and the 3200m (11:45.52) for the meet’s only other double winner.  Keyser took the boys Region II AA title on a total team effort gathering 121 points on only two individual titles and two relay events (Shuttle hurdles and 4 x 400m) wins. Berkeley Springs claimed the runner-up spot with 101 points and Liberty Harrison grabbed 3rd place with 73 points. Keyser runners Junior Peyton Harmon won the high jump with a height of 6’-04” and junior Tavern Rohrbuagh won the 800m run in 2:02.34. Sophomore Brandon Franklin of Liberty Harrison was the most outstanding male athlete of the meet as he won all 3 dash events. Franklin cruised to wins in the 100m (11.15), 200m (22.74) and 400m (50.81). Double winners were seniors Tristan Reneau of Grafton and Tyler Faulkiner of Philip Barbour. Reneau won both hurdle events as he raced to a 15.31 clocking in the 110m high hurdles and a 40.18 showing in the 300m hurdles. Faulkiner won the discus (136’ 10”) and the shot put (46’-05”)  

    Douglas McDaniel - May 17, 2010 - Comment
  • WV Region I AA Recap

    WV Region I AA - - Ellenboro. Ritchie County boys narrowly defeated the team from Magnolia by one point 107-106. Tyler Consolidated rounded out the top 3.   #1 WV ranked discus and shot put athlete, junior Mark Britton, from Ritchie County led the team with two first place finishes. He threw the discus 167-03” and heaved the shot put 50’-03”. Fellow teammate and junior Cody Masters had a National Elite performance in the pole vault after clearing 14’ – 0”. Aaron Estep of Tyler Consolidated conquered the distance events by winning both the 1600m (4:43.31) and the 3200M (10:39.52). For the girls, Weir held off Ritchie County with a 133-121 victory with Tyler Consolidated placing a strong 3rd. Junior Tricia Marker led Weir with two victories in the 1600m (5:41.80) and 3200m (12:15.36). Weir athletes won 7 different events. Leading 2nd place Ritchie County was Cheri Bunner, a senior, who took region titles in the 100m (13.19) and 200m (27.28). Bunner was also on the region champion 4 x 200m relay team from Ritchie County.  

    Douglas McDaniel - May 17, 2010 - Comment
  • Jim Ryun High School Dream Mile releases 8 more entries - adds to already loaded field!

    - May 17, 2010 - 2 Comments
  • WV Region IV AAA Recap

    Bailey runs 1:53.93 800m   Burcham and Salmons in the 3200m - Photo courtesy of Cabell Midland   WV Region IV AAA  -- Parkersburg. In the most highly contested team championship of AAA, the Cabell Midland boys with 107 points took home another crown as they outpaced 2nd place Parkersburg (102 points) and 3rd place Winfield (101 points).   Leading the way for Cabell Midland was freshman Jacob Burcham with 30.5 points. The U.S. #1 ranked freshman, Burcham, won the 1600m in 4:33.76, which was well below his national best of 4:14.51, and the 3200m in 9:46.74. Burcham claimed 2nd in the 800m (1:58.49) to St. Albans Andy Bailey who posted the #1 800m time in West Virginia in 1:53.93 for a first team Gold Standard achievement.  Burcham added 2.5 points for his lead off leg in Cabell Midland’s winning 4 x 400m relay team (3:32.22). (Open article for complete recap)    

    Douglas McDaniel - May 17, 2010 - Comment
  • WV Region III AAA Recap

    WV Region III AAA - - Charleston.  Woodrow Wilson led by senior Moriah Njoku’s two victories in the 100m (13.04) and 200m (26.34) took the girls Region III AAA crown with 158 points to runner-up Nicholas County’s 109, and 3rd place finisher George Washington with 105 points. The Woodrow Wilson ladies claimed 4 of the 5 relay events to dominate the meet.  Sophomore Morgan Kesecker of Nicholas County guided her 2nd place team by gathering 28 individual points in winning the 1600m (5:44.27) and 3200m (12:53.05), and by placing 2nd in the 800m (2:31.90). Leigh Poindexter, a junior, from George Washington won both the shot put (35’-02”) and discus (96’-07.5”).  The George Washington boy’s team with 138 points turned in a solid team performance to easily win the region crown. Greenbrier East finished 2nd with 83 points and South Charleston was 3rd with 72.50 points. Senior Shaquille Williams (100m in 11.38) and Robert Thomas (800m in 2:06.78) were the lone individual winners for the champions. George Washington also claimed the 4 x 100m relay title in 44.45. Raheem Waiters a senior from Riverside turned in the solo National Elite performance with a throw of 158’ 9” in the discus.    

    Douglas McDaniel - May 17, 2010 - Comment
  • WV Region II AAA Recap

    Karissa Knabenshue - File Photo WV Region II AAA – Weston.  Karissa Knabenshue, a junior, led Buckhannon-Upshur to the Region II AAA championship by winning both throw events with National Elite performances. Knabenshue threw a personal best 126’1” in the discus and tossed the shot put 39’6.5”. Jefferson was 2nd with 118 points and Washington took 3rd with 66 points.  Letitia Propst a junior from Elkins pulled off the distance triple in winning the 800m (2:20.21), 1600m (5:23.25) and 3200m (11:47.05).  Sophomore Jasmyn Hosby of Washington won both the 100m (12.58) and the 200m (25.91). Hedgesville Senior boys with 121 points and led by senior Chris Deaner edged Jefferson (120 points) for the Region II AAA title. Deaner won two events with National Elite performances in the 300m high hurdles (39.26) and the high jump with a jump of 6’-6”. Runner-up Jefferson was led by Brandon Doughty who like Propst pulled off the distance triple by winning the 800m (1:58.32), 1600m (4:31.37) and 3200m (10:01.54). Freshman sensation Dante Price of Jefferson pulled off a sprint double win in the 100m dash in 11.40 and the 200m dash in 22.89. Elkins would claim 3rd place with 71 points. There were a total of 7 Milesplit National Elites at the Region II AAA meet.

    Douglas McDaniel - May 17, 2010 - Comment
  • WV Region I AAA recap

    WV Region I AAA – Wheeling. The host school of Wheeling Park took top honors in both the girls and boys team Region I  AAA championship. The WheelingPark girls captured 110 points while Fairmont Senior took 2nd place with 101 points and John Marshall rounded out the top 3 with 99 points. Fairmont Senior had a couple of double winners. Chelsea Clark was a winner in the 3200m (12:07.94) and the 1600m (5:28.38). Alyssa Scherich took both the 110m hurdles (15.34) and the 300m hurdles (46.99). Wheeling Park boys with 167 points slammed the field with a convincing win. John Marshall was 2nd with 97 points and Fairmont Senior was 3rd with 79. Junior Cody Pelliccioni of Morgantown was a double winner in the 800m and 1600m with times of 2:00.22 and 4:40.07 respectively. Christian Cummings a senior from Fairmont Senior threw to two regional championships by winning both the shot (47’-08”) and the discuss with a distance of 154’-1” for another Milesplit National Elite standard achievement. There were a total of 4 Milesplit National Elites at the region meet.

    Douglas McDaniel - May 17, 2010 - Comment
  • Mountaineers Qualify For Regionals

    Kaylyn Christopher Photo Courtesy of MSNsportsNet.Com   By Kelly Tuckwiller for   May 10, 2010   MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Several members of the West Virginia University track and field team qualified for the NCAA Regionals this evening after competing at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet in Swarthmore, Pa.   Senior Keri Bland qualified for regionals after finishing second in the 800-meter race. The Fairview, W.Va., native earned the spot after crossing the line with a time of 2:07.04.   “Keri Bland continues to run very strong over 800 meters,” coach Sean Cleary says. “I was impressed with the way she handled herself after training hard all week after the BIG EAST Championships. She will be rewarded for these fast races once she moves back up to the 1,500 meters for the championships.”   Also running well was senior Karly Hamric and junior Jessica O’Connell, who competed in the 1,500-meter race. Hamric posted a personal-best time of 4:15.3 for a second-place finish putting her second on WVU’s all-time performance list in the event. O’Connell also posted a personal-best performance with a time of 4:19.00.   “With Karly and Jessica, we were here to run fast,” Cleary admits. “We came into the meet looking for lifetime best performances and we got just that. Karly smashed her personal-best time and now ranks No.2 all-time at WVU and No. 5 in the county. Jessica continued her strong outdoor campaign. Both of these girls are rounding into great shape with the NCAA meet just around the corner.”   Junior Kaylyn Christopher continued the pattern posting a personal-best time of 4:25.7 in the 1,500-meter race to qualify for regionals.   “Kaylyn Christopher also ran a lifetime best and appears to have punched her ticket into post season play,” Cleary adds. “I am very much satisfied with our preparations and look forward to even better performances over the next month.”   Next, the Mountaineers will compete at the ECAC Championships in Princeton, N.J., on May 15-17, before heading to the NCAA Regionals on May 27. Press Release - May 11, 2010 - Comment
  • Steve Harrison of Cross Lanes, WV is Still Throwing (and Very Well)

        Steve Harrison surpassed the USA Masters Track and Field All-American standard for the Discus Throw at the Ohio University Open in Athens, Ohio on May 8.  His throw of 39.59m (129'10.75") exceeded the Age 40-44 All-American mark of 39.50 meters.  Harrison, of Cross Lanes, is a 43-year-old former WV State Senator.  He competed in track and field and football for Sissonville High School (WV) and Brown University (RI) in the 1980s. Steve Harrison USA Masters Track and Field Rankings Please see meet results and Harrison's profile. If you compete unattached, I know you, or you send me the information, I will be glad to keep your performances up to date like Mr. Harrison's.   Congratulations to the Senator.   (More in article- please open)  

    - May 09, 2010 - Comment
  • FINAL Segments Posted! | Nike Elite Interviews: Chris Solinsky & Galen Rupp 1-on-1 with MileSplit

    Galen Rupp and Chris Solinsky both went under the old US record with Solinsky the victor in 26:59.60.  (Photo by Andrew McLanahan, 

    - May 03, 2010 - 4 Comments
  • Mountaineers Finish Fourth at BIG EAST

      By Kelly Tuckwiller for May 2, 2010   MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University track and field team finished fourth this afternoon at the BIG EAST Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio, as they swept competition in the 5,000-meter run.   Open article for the complete story. Press Release - May 03, 2010 - Comment
  • Jacob Burcham Runs US #1 Freshman Best in 3200m and 1600m

    Photo Courtesy of   Freshman Jacob Burcham of Cabell Midland established the new standard in the boys 3200m with a time of 9:20.34 at The Gazette / Friends of Coal Relays Friday evening at Charleston's Laidley Field. Gazette/Friends of Coal Day One Results   UPDATE: On Saturday Burcham posted the fastest time in the U.S. for a freshman with a 4:14.51 1600m. He also clocked a 1:56.95 800m while finishing 3rd behind Jefferson's Brandon Doughty's 1:55.64 and Andy Bailey of St. Albans in 1:56.29. His 800m time currently is the 3rd best U.S. freshman time.   U.S. Freshman 1600m Rankings   AAA Results      

    Douglas McDaniel - May 01, 2010 - 4 Comments
  • Wesleyan Sweeps WVIAC Track & Field Championships

      Seton Hill's Erin Beattie pictured scored 48 points to earn Women's WVIAC T&F Championship MVP honors.   WVIAC Photo Album by Charlie Pritt   (WHEELING, W.Va.)---West Virginia Wesleyan built a big opening day lead in both meets on Friday and cruised to the men's and women's titles at the WVIAC Track & Field Championship on Saturday. The Bobcats outdistanced runner-up Seton Hill on each side.  The WVWC women outscored SHU 216-146 with Wheeling Jesuit finishing third at 131.  Wesleyan romped to the men's championship by a 238-136 margin.  Wheeling Jesuit was also third at 124.   Photos Courtesy of Tri State Runnur Open article for more

    WVIAC Press Release - May 01, 2010 - Comment
  • Vena 72-10.5 for US#5 All-Time !! Swanepoel 231-11 jav for #5 All-Time | Bevil 1:50.29 800!

    Allison Updike 156-8 Jav (Photo by Don Rich).  Kayla Parker won 4 state titles and now is FL#2 All-Time for titles won!  (Photo by Jeff Adams)

    Aaron Rich - May 01, 2010 - Comment