Outdoor Season Begins this Weekend in N.C.

  • By Samantha Strejeck
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  • March 16, 2017 11:41 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – The West Virginia University track and field team opens the 2017 outdoor season at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 17-18 at the Irwin Belk Track & Field Center.
The Mountaineers had three weeks to turn their attention to the outdoor season following the conclusion of the indoor season, as UNC Charlotte hosts the two-day event. West Virginia is one of 54 teams competing at the event.
Friday’s competition will begin with the decathlon at 9:00 a.m. ET, and will conclude on Saturday with shot put starting at 10:00 a.m. ET. Fans can follow the meet live at flashresults.com.
“Getting out of this weather will be a nice break for the team,” said coach Sean Cleary. “Training has gone well over the last few weeks, and we are excited to get the season underway.” 
West Virginia closed out the indoor season at the Big 12 Championship on Feb. 24-25, where seven Mountaineers combined for eight All-Big 12 accolades.
Senior Megan Yuan (distance medley relay), juniors Bria Welker (DMR), Maggie Drazba (DMR), Jillian Forsey (3,000m) and McNeil (triple jump), sophomore Bryan (triple jump) and redshirt freshman Jones (DMR and 1,000m) were honored for finishing in the top eight of their respective events. Jones finished in the top eight in the 1,000-meter final and as a member of the distance medley relay, earning two All-Big 12 honors.
West Virginia looks to increase the number of student-athletes on the podium at the 2017 Big 12 Outdoor Championship, as the team earned eight All-Big 12 honors last year and won two silver medals.
Additionally, eight Mountaineers qualified to compete at the 2016 NCAA East Preliminary Championships, as they were looking to secure a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. 
The Mountaineers will return to North Carolina the following week, as they gear up for the Raleigh Relays on March 24-25.
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