WVU Heads Home With Eight All-Big 12 Honors

  • By Samantha Strejeck
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  • February 25, 2017 08:03 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – The West Virginia University track and field team brings home eight All-Big 12 honors after wrapping up the two-day Big 12 Indoor Championship in Ames, Iowa, at Lied Recreation Athletic Facility.
On the final day of the meet, three Mountaineers made an appearance on the podium after finishing in the top eight in the final events. Saturday's accolades were earned by junior Shamoya McNeil and sophomore Danique Bryan, who took sixth and seventh, respectively, in the women’s triple jump and redshirt Candace Jones, who finished seventh in the women’s 1,000-meter run.
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) (1,000m) were honored for finishing in the top eight of their respective events. Jones finished in the top eight in the 1,000 meters finals and as a member of the distance medley relay, earning the accolade twice.
“I am pleased that we added the three All-Big 12 awards to yesterday's five,” coach Sean Cleary said. “We came here wanting eight and we return home with eight. We will take a few weeks and regroup for the outdoor season. We will have a few more that we're either hurt, redshirting and or did not have indoors added to the roster. Track is a tough sport in that many of these girls have been competing since either August or December. We need to keep focused, continue putting the hard work in and better ourselves in the final four months of the year.”
In the women’s triple jump finals, the duo of McNeil and Bryan finished within the top seven. McNeil finished sixth, leaping 12.59 meters and Bryan placed seventh with a mark of 12.46 meters.
Jones came out strong in the finals of the women’s 1,000 meter as she placed seventh with a career-best time of 2:49.43, earning All-Big 12 honors. Jones shed 3.64 seconds off her previous best set at this year’s Penn State National Open.
In the women’s 3,000 meters, junior Maggie Drazba placed 16th, crossing the finish line in 9:43.13 and redshirt freshman Olivia Hill finished in 21st with a season-best time of 9:48.48.
During Friday's events, five Mountaineers garnered All-Big 12 honors for their top-eight performances – Forsey, Yuan, Welker and Drazba and Jones. 
In the women’s 5,000-meter run, Forsey placed fourth in the finals with a time of 16:17.93.
The WVU distance medley relay team of Yuan, Welker, Jones and Drazba placed fifth, crossing the finish line in 11:38.39.
Baylor won the Big 12 title, while West Virginia finished 10th at the 2017 Big 12 Indoor Championship.
The Mountaineers conclude the 2017 indoor season and will have three weeks to regroup before beginning the outdoor season slate. WVU’s first competition is set for March 16-18 at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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