MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Senior Amy Cashin
of the West Virginia University track and field team won the women’s 1,500-meter run at the Virginia Grand Prix on Saturday, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Competing in back-to-back weekends at Lannigan Field, WVU collected a victory thanks to Cashin and added two runner-up finishes from senior Marseille McBeam
and junior Shamoya McNeil
“We had some strong results this evening,” coach Sean Cleary said. “Amy is coming along nicely. We have watched Amy get a little bit better each week after sustaining a back injury this past winter and early spring. Tonight's run should provide a nice little confidence boost as we near the championship season. Megan (Yuan) ran a seasonal best time behind Amy. I know she is even better than tonight's performance, this was a step in the right direction though.
“Candace (Jones) also had a nice night. A few more 800's and she will really be in peak shape. The jumpers have been tremendous this season but had an off night. We will learn from tonight's performance and be better for that knowledge. Shamoya, while not quite as good as last week, still had some very good moments on the runway. We will now go home and attack finals before sending a very small group to compete next weekend.”
The Werribee, Australia, native Cashin won the 1,500 meters with a career-best time of 4:21.18. She shed 0.41 seconds off of her previous-best set during the 2015 outdoor season. Senior Megan Yuan
placed sixth in the event with a season-best time of 4:31.03, shedding 7.04 seconds off of her time set at this year’s Bison Outdoor Classic.
McBeam posted a runner-up finish for WVU in the high jump, marking 1.69 meters (5’-6½”).
The Mountaineers’ second runner-up finish came in the women’s triple jump from McNeil. She placed second with a jump of 12.82 meters (42- ¾).
In the women’s 800-meter run, redshirt freshman Candace Jones
placed seventh with a time of 2:09.96.
Sophomore Chaqieta Robinson
finished sixth in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 1:03.31. Robinson improved by .07 seconds from her time at the Bison Outdoor Classic.
WVU’s freshman Amanda Barned placed seventh in the women’s pole vault, clearing a season best 3.73 meters (12’-2 ¾”). Junior Rebekah Lafata
came in 13th with a mark of 3.28 meters (10-9).
Junior Meghan Jean-Baptiste
came in 17th in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in a season best, 14.79. Jean-Baptiste improved by 0.13 seconds from her previous time set at the Virginia Challenge last weekend.
In the women’s long jump, sophomore Danique Bryan
placed 22nd, clearing 4.89 meters (16- ½).
The Mountaineers will compete next on May 5-6 in a meet to be announced. The team will prepare for the Big 12 Championship on May 12-15 in Lawrence, Kansas.