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Strong Day at Swarthmore Meet

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 15, 2012) – In a final effort to secure NCAA regional-qualifying spots, several West Virginia track and field athletes competed at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet Monday evening in Swarthmore, Pa.

Senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades led the way for the team with a new facility record in the 100-meter dash as she placed first in 11.82 seconds. It marked the first time competing in the event this season for the Buckhannon, W.Va., native. She also competed in the high jump later in the day.

"This was a nice tune-up for the NCAA Championships in a few weeks," says WVU coach Sean Cleary. "Most in the group ran at or very close to their season-best times. Now we wait to find out the selections for nationals."

Chené Townsend continued to perform well as she placed second in the 100-meter dash at 11.97, just four hundredths of a second off her personal-best 11.93.

In her first 800-meter run this season, junior Stephanie Aldea competed in strong fashion with a 2:13.50 finish to achieve tenth place in the race.

Senior Jessica O'Connell led the Mountaineers in the 1,500-meter run with an 11th-place finish in 4:21.98, her third-best career mark and second-best mark from the 2012 outdoor season. Junior Hallie Portner followed in 24th place with a time of 4:39.87, with Jordan Hamric (25th, 4:40.50) and Aubrey Moskal (30th, 4:43.24) in close pursuit.

Competing unattached, freshman Sarah McCauley earned a season-best 4:44.64 for 32nd place in the 1,500-meter, beating her personal best set earlier in the season by one second.

The Mountaineers find out later in the week which athletes are selected to compete at the NCAA East Regional slated for May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. The NCAA Outdoor Championships take place June 6-9 in Ames, Iowa.

WVU Baseball Set for Final Non-Conference Game

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 14, 2012) – The West Virginia University baseball team will play its final non-conference game of the season against La Salle on Tuesday, May 15, at Hawley Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Live video, audio and stats of the game may be accessed at MSNsportsNET.com.

WVU currently holds a record of 20-31 overall and a 7-17 mark in BIG EAST play going into the final weekend of the regular season. In order to qualify for the BIG EAST Tournament, the Mountaineers must win its final three games of the season against USF this weekend.

The Mountaineers dropped two of three games last weekend at Georgetown. Despite taking the loss in game one, sophomore right-hander Corey Walter pitched his third-consecutive complete game, allowing five runs on 12 hits with six strikeouts. In game two's victory, sophomore right-hander Ryan Tezak got the win in 2.2 innings of work, striking out the final six Hoya batters of the evening.

Junior shortstop John Polonius leads the team with a .321 batting average, and he has collected six doubles, two homers and 19 RBIs. Last weekend, Polonius led the team batting 7-for-14 (.500) with one double and five RBIs.

Freshman center fielder Bobby Boyd is hitting .320 with 37 runs, seven doubles, one triple, two home runs and 18 RBIs. Boyd also has 21 stolen bases in 24 attempts to lead the squad. Boyd scored three runs with one RBI and two stolen bases at Georgetown.

La Salle (20-29) is hitting .261 as a team with 15 home runs and 34 steals in 60 attempts. The Explorers are led at the plate by Jeff Flax, who is hitting .304 with four doubles, one triple and 16 RBIs. George Smith Jr. is batting .298 with 13 doubles, one triple, two homers and 26 RBIs, while Joe Bennie is hitting .291 with seven doubles, two triples, five home runs and 18 RBIs.

This will be the first time in school history that WVU and La Salle have met on the diamond.


Mountaineers Prepped for Two ISSF World Cups

West Virginia University will be represented by four shooters at the next two International Shooting
Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cups.

       The Milan ISSF World Cup will open tomorrow with the men's and
women's 10m air rifle competitions. The Munich ISSF World Cup, the
last world cup of the year, will open on May 23.

       Rising senior All-American Petra Zublasing, the reigning NCAA
air rifle champion, is scheduled to represent Italy in both
competitions. Former Mountaineer and Italian teammate Nicco Campriani
also will shoot in Milan and Munich.

       Rising sophomore Meelis Kiisk, along with Mountaineer coach Jon
Hammond, will join the duo in Munich. Kiisk will shoot for Estonia,
while Hammond will represent Great Britain.

  Zublasing last competed at the London ISSF World Cup three weeks
ago. The Appiano, Italy, native earned her best finish in the women's
rifle 3 position and placed 22nd overall with a 573 total.

  Campriani and Hammond also competed in London. Campriani, a
native of Florence, Italy, won the men's rifle 3 position on April 28
with a score of 1278.2; he shot a relay score of 1179 and 99.2 in the
finals. Hammond, an Aberdeen, Scotland, native, just missed the event
finals and finished in ninth place with a score of 1165.

Zublasing and Campriani have already earned the right to represent Italy at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Hammond is still
shooting for a spot on the Great Britain Team.

Nesbit Breaks WVU Triple Jump Record

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 13, 2012) – West Virginia jumper Stormy Nesbit highlighted the final day of the ECAC Championships by breaking the school record for the triple jump Sunday in Princeton, NJ.

The Roseville, Minn., native triple jumped a distance of 13.07 meters to top former Mountaineer Christine Brown's distance of 12.95 meters from 2002, previously the all-time best distance for the event in WVU's program history.

The sophomore continued momentum of lengthening her distance for the event for a third consecutive meet, jumping 12.61 meters last week at the BIG EAST Championships and 12.51 meters three weeks ago at the Larry Ellis Invitational. The 12.61 meters was previously WVU's second all-time best distance in the triple jump.

"Stormy is really coming into her own right now," says WVU coach Sean Cleary. "Today's performance was a testament to how bright a future she has. If she continues this improvement, she will open many doors for herself."

Liberty's Mia Aghaji placed second to Nesbit with a distance of 12.83 meters.

Junior Sydney Cummings matched her season- and career-best height of 1.75 meters in the high jump Sunday to tie for fourth with two other athletes. She had previously reached the height at the Texas Relays and the Larry Ellis Invitational earlier in the season.

"Sydney put together another very good set of jumps," Cleary says. "She is so close to a big breakthrough. We are really hoping she gets the call for the NCAA Championships. It's very clear she has another bar in her."

Boston's Allison Barwise won the event with a height of 1.87 meters, while Monmouth's Alison Day and Connecticut's Natasha McLaren followed close behind. Cummings tied with Priscilla Frederick of St. John's and Amina Smith of Maryland at the 1.75-meter mark.

 Several Mountaineers continue action Monday with the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet in Swarthmore, Pa., seeking NCAA regional-qualifying marks.

 Senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades will compete in the javelin throw at approximately 4 p.m. and the high jump shortly after. Redshirt sophomore Chené Townsend is set for the 100-meter hurdles at 6 p.m., while Hallie Portner, Jordan Hamric and Jessica O'Connell compete in the 1,500-meter run at approximately 8 p.m.

The NCAA East Regional is scheduled from May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla., with the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships set for June 6-9 in Ames, Iowa.

Rowing Concludes BIG EAST Championships

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (May 13, 2012) – The West Virginia University rowing team concluded its spring season, Sunday, at the BIG EAST Championships at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

The Mountaineers advanced to the Petite Final in three of their four events, tallying 54 points for a seventh-place finish overall.

"All of our crews raced well today," says coach Jimmy King. "The rowers made needed adjustments from the morning time trials and the coxswains called good races throughout the day. There were no letdowns or regrets and that's about all we can ask for at the end of the year."

West Virginia's varsity eight crew of Jenelle Spencer, Hilary Meale, Rachelle Purych, Kelly Kramer, Shannon Gribbons, Danielle Widecrantz, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher opened the regatta for the Mountaineers by competing in the first time trial of the day.

The crew crossed the line in 6:41.44 to advance to the afternoon Petite Final against Rutgers, Connecticut and Villanova. The team placed second in that final, finishing in 6:59.36, behind Rutgers (6:54.52), but ahead of Connecticut (7:01.03) and Villanova (7:06.76).

Sophomore Courtney Schrand was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team for the second consecutive year for helping lead the Mountaineers to an overall sixth-place finish in the varsity eight event.

            "Courtney embodies my notion of an all-conference athlete in that she works hard every day," King says. "She is as consistent and dependable as any coach could demand and she has certainly earned the recognition."

            Following the varsity eight, the second varsity eight took to the water for their morning time trial. The crew of Brittany Doss, Mollie Rosen, Danika Rencken, Rachel Cokeley, Jessica Kelly, Amanda Hirsch, Jessica Hurlbert, Lisa Deklau and coxswain Morgan Leach finished the trial in 6:52.86 to earn a place in the Petite Final.

            The team finished second to Georgetown (7:06.97) in that final, having crossed the line in 7:08.91. They placed ahead of Rutgers (7:14.38) and Villanova (7:23.70).

            The Mountaineers next competed in the varsity four event, where the crew of Rebecca Knecht, Brianna Dendler, Elizabeth Duarte, Tamyra Roberts and coxswain Ellen Shular finished its morning time trial in 7:39.99 to advance to the Petite Final.

             West Virginia placed second in that final, behind Connecticut (7:55.39), but ahead of Rutgers (8:03.50) and Villanova (8:14.23).

            Lastly, the second varsity four crew of Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Enya Messersmith, Kaitlyn Eason and coxswain Alexandra Basil raced against Notre Dame, Louisville, Rutgers and Connecticut in the final of their event.

            The Mountaineers ultimately placed fourth behind Notre Dame (7:44.37), Louisville (8:00.45), and Rutgers (8:07.62) but ahead of Connecticut (8:16.68).

            "We had seniors racing in three of the four crews competing today adding valuable experience and depth," King says. "They have all contributed to the steady progress of our program during their time at WVU and we will carry that forward into new challenges next year."

            Notre Dame won the BIG EAST team title for a ninth consecutive year with 111 points, followed by Syracuse (97), Louisville (87), Georgetown (69), Connecticut (60), Rutgers (55), West Virginia (54) and Villanova (30).

Mock Places Fourth at ECACs

 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 12, 2012) – Senior jumper Meghan Mock represented the West Virginia track and field team well Saturday with her performance in the long jump at the ECAC Championships in Princeton, NJ.

The Berkeley Springs, W.Va., native placed fourth in the event with her third-best performance of the year at 5.95 meters. Last week at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in Tampa, Fla., Mock placed fourth with her season-best distance of 6.07 meters.

Patricia McNish of Albany placed first Saturday at 6.21 meters, while Columbia's Uju Ofoche came in second with a distance of 6.00 meters.

The Mountaineers continue action Sunday with junior Sydney Cummings competing in the high jump at 10 a.m., while sophomore Stormy Nesbit will compete in the triple jump at 11 a.m. to vie for regional-qualifying marks.

The NCAA East Regional will take place May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla., with the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships scheduled for June 6-9 in Ames, Iowa.

Live results for the 2012 ECAC Championships can be found at lancertiming.com.

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