McNeil and Bryan Claim Wins at Marshall

  • By Samantha Strejeck
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  • February 11, 2017 07:04 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  –  Junior Shamoya McNeil and sophomore Danique Bryan claimed victories for the West Virginia University track and field team to conclude competition at the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, West Virginia, on Saturday. WVU also wrapped up competition at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Washington.
The Mountaineers earned two victories on Saturday at the Marshall Invitational, one in the women’s triple jump and one in the women’s long jump, totaling three wins for WVU this weekend at Marshall. West Virginia added a runner-up finish in the women’s 400-meter dash.
McNeil won the triple jump with a mark of 12.62 meters, and Bryan won the women’s long jump, leaping 5.92 meters. The Mountaineers’ first win came on Friday from junior Sara Finfrock in the women’s pole vault.
Junior Bria Welker notched a runner-up finish in the women’s 400 meters, crossing the finish line in an indoor career-best 56.78, just .56 second away from winning the race. Welker shed .54 seconds off of her previous best time at this year’s Akron Invitational. Teammate sophomore Chaqieta Robinson placed 12th in the event with a season-best time of 58.60, shaving 1.32 second off of her previous best set at the Akron Invitational.
McNeil competed in her second event of the day, placing third in the women’s long jump with a mark of 5.64 meters.
Redshirt freshman Olivia Hill notched a top-five finish in the women’s 3,000 meters. Hill placed fourth, crossing the finish line in 9:56.72.
Sophomore Faith Penny placed sixth in the women’s high jump, marking 1.60 meters.
WVU’s junior Rebecca Wendt posted an eighth-place-finish in the women’s 800 meters with a time of 2:17.90.
In the women’s 200-meter dash, Welker finished in 14th with a season-best time of 26.07. Welker improved .25 seconds from her time set at the Akron Invite.
In Saturday action at the Husky Classic, redshirt freshman Candace Jones was the lone competitor for the Mountaineers. Jones raced in the 800-meter run, crossing the finish line in 30th with a time of 2:12.76.
On Friday, West Virginia showed a strong performance in the women’s pole vault at Marshall. Finfrock won the event with an indoor career-best mark of 3.80 meters, improving by .12 meters from last weekend’s Akron Invitational. Freshmen Greer Gumbrecht and Megan Silva and junior Rebekah Lafata all tied for fourth place, vaulting 3.50 meters.
At the Husky Classic on Friday, redshirt juniors Jillian Forsey and Maggie Drazba represented West Virginia in the 5,000-meter run. Forsey crossed the finish line in 15th with a time of 16:14.76 and Drazba placed 39th with a time of 16:53.89.
Next week, West Virginia will close out the regular indoor season competition at the Penn State Tune-Up on Saturday, Feb. 18, in University Park, Pennsylvania. Competition will begin at noon on Saturday.
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