MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Redshirt freshman Candace Jones
won the women’s 800-meter run at the Penn State Tune-Up on Saturday to close out the regular indoor season for the West Virginia University track and field team in University Park, Pennsylvania.
In addition to the win by Jones, a pair of top-three finishes in the women’s pole vault and women's mile highlighted Saturday's action.
“This was a nice little meet for us,” said coach Sean Cleary. “We brought eight athletes to the meet and will return home with six seasonal bests.”
Jones, a Bristow, Virginia, native, won the 800 meters with a career-best time of 2:10.34, winning by 4.26 seconds over Penn State’s Marissa Sheva. Jones shed 1.93 seconds off of her previous-best time set at this year’s Akron Invitational.
In the women’s pole vault, the Mountaineers claimed a top-three finish thanks to junior Sara Finfrock
. Finfrock placed third, marking an indoor career-best mark of 3.81 meters, improving by .01 meters. Freshman Greer Gumbrecht
placed sixth with a mark of 3.66 meters, followed by freshman Alexis Baublitz
in seventh with a mark of 3.66 meters, junior Rebekah Lafata
in eighth with a season-best 3.51 meters and freshman Megan Silva
in 10th with a season-best 3.51 meters.
Junior Maggie Drazba
and redshirt freshman Olivia Hill
represented WVU in the women’s mile. Drazba notched a top-three finish, placing third with a time of 4:56.10 and Hill crossed the finish line in seventh with a career-best time of 4:58.51.
Saturday’s meet served as one last opportunity for select Mountaineers to secure their place at the Big 12 Championship on Feb. 24-25. Six teams joined West Virginia and Penn State at the event: Keystone College, Mansfield, Marietta, Point Park University, Towson and UMBC.
It marked second time this season the Mountaineers made the trip to Penn State as they previously trekked to University Park for the PSU National Open on Jan. 27-28.
Up next, West Virginia will travel to Ames, Iowa, to compete for a Big 12 title at the 2017 Big 12 Indoor Championship on Feb. 24-25. Iowa State will host the championship inside the Lied Recreation Center.