Three Mountaineers Open Big 12 Championship

  • By Christopher Pharis
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  • May 12, 2017 11:14 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.VaThree members of the West Virginia University track and field team opened the 2017 Big 12 Outdoor Championship on Friday at the Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas, highlighted by a fourth-place finish by junior Maggie Drazba.
Drazba, fellow junior Brynn Harshbarger and redshirt freshman Olivia Hill competed in the 10,000-meter race to open the weekend’s competition for the Mountaineers.
Drazba placed fourth overall, crossing the finish line in 34:09.30. Hill finished in 35.38.75, setting a new personal-best time, to place 11th. Harshbarger did not finish the race.
“This was a very good 10K for us,” coach Sean Cleary said. “Maggie had a few setbacks after racing at Stanford. I am very happy with the way she negotiated her training opportunities that led to tonight’s performance. I felt Olivia ran quite poised. After running at UVA a month ago, (Olivia) Liv really embraced the opportunity. A minimal improvement – we will take that.”
Tomorrow's second day of the Big 12 Championship is slated to begin at 11 a.m. ET, with events lasting until 9 p.m. Fans are able to watch the event on FloTrack.com. Live results throughout the day will be available at Big12sports.com.
The Mountaineers will enter the second day of competition in eighth place with five team points. Kansas State paces the field with 28 points at the end of the first day.
A full recap of the Saturday’s action will be available following the competition at WVUsports.com
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