Bryan’s Win Highlights Day One at Raleigh Relays

  • By Samantha Strejeck
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  • March 24, 2017 08:26 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – Sophomore Danique Bryan, of the West Virginia University track and field team, won the women’s long jump title on Friday, to open the first day of competition at the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina.
In addition to Bryan’s victory, West Virginia collected three top-nine finishes – two in field events and one in running.
“We had a nice day at the track today,” said coach Sean Cleary. “Danique handled a high quality field in winning the long jump. She still has a few things to work on before we see her ultimate jump but a very nice win nonetheless. Our quarter milers were very good today. Both Bria (Welker) and Kita (Chaqieta Robinson) ran big lifetime bests, as did Olivia Hill in the 5000 meter. Tomorrow brings with it a chance to keep these types of performances a norm.”
A native of Clarendon, Jamaica, Bryan led the Mountaineers on Friday, claiming a victory in the women’s long jump with a mark of 5.86 meters.
In the women’s high jump invite, senior Marseille McBeam finished seventh with a season-best mark of 1.65 meters.
In the women’s 400-meter run, a pair of Mountaineers recorded career-best times. Junior Bria Welker came in ninth, crossing the finish line in a career-best time of 56.28. Welker shed .33 seconds off of her previous-best time set during last year’s outdoor season. Sophomore Chaqieta Robinson finished in 25th with a career-best time of 57.55, improving by 1.30 seconds from last season.
In the women’s 5,000 meters, redshirt freshman Olivia Hill placed 32nd with a time of 17:06.44.
Junior Meghan Jean-Baptiste placed 36th in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 15.36, shedding .01 seconds off her time set at the 49er Classic last weekend.
The final day of the Raleigh Relays concludes on Saturday with the first event starting at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can follow the event live at flashresults.com. Additionally, from 12-3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3 will provide coverage of Saturday’s competition.
NC State is hosting 100 schools with 2,217 athletes entered to compete at Paul Derr Track this weekend.
Following the Raleigh Relays, the Mountaineers travel to Palo Alto, California, to compete at the Stanford Invitational on March 31- April 1.
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