MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sophomore Madelin Gardner
of the West Virginia University track and field team claimed the women’s pole vault title on Saturday, at the Mason Spring Invitational in Fairfax, Virginia, at George Mason Stadium.
"Today was a strong day for the team," said coach Sean Cleary. "We had highlights spanning over a many event areas. Danique (Bryan) and Maddie continue to lead the way. Maddie handled the windy conditions very well as she attempted her lifetime best. Bria (Welker) and Candace (Jones) showed that they are rounding into to top form as they continue running at or very near their lifetime best marks. We had a strong day today, but none the less have better moments to both train and look forward to."
Highlighted by Gardner’s victory in the women’s pole vault, West Virginia collected seven top-seven finishes. Gardner, a native Williamstown, West Virginia, won the pole vault with a clearance 3.85 meters, winning the event by .15 meters. Junior Rebekah Lafata
and freshman Greer Gumbrecht
tied for 10th, registering 3.40 meters.
West Virginia notched a top-three finish in the women’s 800 meters, thanks to redshirt freshman Candace Jones
, placing third with a career-best time of 2:09.22. Jones shed 1.12 seconds from her previous best. Junior Amy Cashin
crossed the line in 18th in 2:14.25 and senior Megan Yuan
followed in 19th (2:14.99).
In the women’s long jump, sophomore Danique Bryan
took third with a mark of 5.79 meters.
Junior Bria Welker
placed fourth in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 56.55.
In the women’s high jump, senior Marseille McBeam
placed fourth, marking 1.65 meters.
Sophomore Chaqieta Robinson
placed sixth in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.88.
In the women’s triple jump, junior Shamoya McNeil
took seventh, leaping 11.87 meters.
Junior Meghan Jean-Baptiste
finished 17th in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 15.37, just .01 seconds shy from matching her season-best.
In the women’s 1,500 meters, redshirt freshman Olivia Hill
finished 19th with a time of 4:40.93.
Robinson and Jean-Baptiste competed in the women’s 200-meter dash, their second event of the day. Robinson placed 32nd with a season-best time of 26.37 and Jean-Baptiste followed in 33rd in a season-best, 26.45.
In the women’s 100-meter dash, Bryan placed 33rd with a time of 12.83 and McNeil finished 36th in 12.92.
George Mason hosted more than 35 teams on Saturday, with nearly 1,258 student-athletes from four-year institutions from Division I, II, III, along with two-year colleges.
Up next, the Mountaineers will compete at the Bison Outdoor Classic in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on April 14-15.