McNeil Collects a Win to Conclude Raleigh Relays

  • By Samantha Strejeck
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  • March 25, 2017 06:25 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – Junior Shamoya McNeil, of the West Virginia University track and field team, claimed the women's triple jump title on Saturday, to conclude competition at the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina.
In addition to McNeil's win, the Mountaineers added five top-seven finishes on Saturday. West Virginia collected a pair of victories throughout the two-day Raleigh Relays with WVU’s first win on Friday from sophomore Danique Bryan.
“Another positive outing for various events,” said coach Sean Cleary. “Shamoya found a way to pull out another win in the triple jump. She is well aware that she can go much further as the weeks go by. Those who competed on the track made improvements from last week. We simply need to keep competing and believing in ourselves.”
McNeil, a Portland, Jamaica, native, won the triple jump with an outdoor career-best mark of 12.80 meters, winning by .20 meters. McNeil gained .02 meters from her previous best set at this year’s 49er Classic.
Leading the Mountaineers on the first day, Bryan claimed a victory in the women’s long jump with a mark of 5.86 meters.
A West Virginia quartet of redshirt junior Amy Cashin, redshirt freshmen Candace Jones and Anna French and junior Rebecca Wendt, took third in the women's 4x1500-meter relay with a time of 19:05.69. 
In the women's pole vault invite, sophomore Madelin Gardner finished sixth, marking 3.65 meters.
Junior Rebekah Lafata placed sixth in the women's pole vault with a mark of 3.50 meters. Freshman Amanda Barnes made her debut as a Mountaineer, as she finished seventh with a clearance of 3.50 meters. 
In the women's 200 meters, junior Bria Welker finished 12th, crossing the finish line in a personal-best time of 25.42. Welker improved by 0.17 seconds from her previous best set during the 2014 indoor season. Sophomore Chaqieta Robinson placed 17th in 26.38.
Robinson placed 18th in the women's 400-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 1:03.38, improving by 0.19 seconds from last year’s season.
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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