MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Junior Shamoya McNeil
led the West Virginia University track and field team with a victory in the women’s triple jump to close out the final day of competition at the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio, on Saturday.
“Overall we had more high quality performances than a week ago," coach Sean Cleary said. "The vaulters came out and competed much tougher this weekend. Week by week we should see them clear more bars. Danique (Bryan) and Shamoya (McNeil) continue to improve as we work our way through the season. Both need a few more meets to be in good position for the Big 12 Championship. This was Candace's (Jones) first 800 meter of the season, and therefore we feel she did a nice job. It's our hope that we see her drop a few more seconds off that time as we continue to race.”
The second day of competition was highlighted by a West Virginia victory from McNeil and a runner-up finish from sophomore Danique Bryan
while totaling five top-five finishes at the Akron Invitational. McNeil and Bryan both inked their names into WVU’s top-five indoor performance list.
McNeil led the Mountaineers on the second day, claiming the women’s triple jump gold division title. She won the event with an indoor career-best mark of 12.93 meters, setting her at the No. 2 spot on WVU’s all-time indoor performance list. McNeil improved 0.11 meters from last year’s Big 12 Championship.
West Virginia earned a runner-up finish in the women’s long jump gold division thanks to Bryan, as she posted a career-best mark of 5.97 meters while sitting at No. 4 in WVU indoor history. Bryan improved by 0.06 meters from her last best set at the PSU National Open on Jan. 27.
In the women’s 800-meter run gold division, redshirt freshman Candace Jones
placed fourth, crossing the finish line with a career best time of 2:12.27. She improved by 0.28 seconds from last year's time set at the High Point Team Challenge. In the women’s 800-meter run blue division, junior Rebecca Wendt
placed fifth, crossing the finish line in 2:16.46
Redshirt freshman Olivia Hill
led the Mountaineers in the women’s one mile gold division race with a fifth place finish thanks to a season-best time of 5:01.44, improving by 1.23 seconds from her time at the PSU National Open.
Sophomore Faith Penny
placed seventh in the women’s high jump gold division, leaping 1.66 meters.
In the women’s 400-meter dash blue division, sophomore Chaqieta Robinson
placed 11th with a time of 59.92.
On Friday, West Virginia got things started in the women’s pole vault blue division. Juniors Sara Finfrock
and Rebekah Lafata
tied for fifth as both earned season-best marks of 3.68 meters.
Up next, the Mountaineers will split up in a pair of meets on Feb. 10-11. Select members of the team will travel to compete at the Washington Invitational in Seattle, Washington, and others will take the short trip to Huntington, West Virginia, to compete at the Marshall Invitational.