Juniors Jordan Hamric and Aubrey Moskal had strong performances Friday evening to lead the West Virginia track and field team at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, NJ.
Hamric put together a strong effort in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to place seventh in a career-best 10:28.71, nearly 20 seconds ahead of her previous best of 10:47.05 from the Stanford Invitational two weeks ago when she earned an initial BIG EAST qualification for the event. The time ranks third-best on the WVU all-time best times list for the event as she moved ahead of Alison Spiker's 10:38.36 from 2009 and just a split-second behind Jennifer Davis' time of 10:28.45 from 2005.
Moskal completed her first career 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11th place with a BIG EAST-qualifying time of 10:38.62, easily ahead of the 11:10.24 league requirement. She competed in the event last week at the Jesse Owens Classic, but did not finish the race. Her time ranks fifth-best on the WVU all-time best times list for the event just three-tenths of a second behind Spiker's 10:38.36.
Sarah Martinelli performed well in the 1,500-meter run as she placed first in her section and 29th overall in 4:33.43, a second-best personal record time.
As of press time, redshirt junior Hallie Portner was competing in the 5,000-meter race. Full results from day one of the Larry Ellis Invitational can be viewed at MSNsportsNET.com.
The Mountaineers continue competition Saturday with the 4x100 relay and shot put at noon and end at approximately 6 p.m. with the 4x400 relay.