Cashin Earns Silver Medal

  • By Christopher Pharis
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  • May 13, 2017 10:29 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va Four members of the West Virginia University track and field team collected All-Big 12 honors as the team continued competition at the 2017 Big 12 Outdoor Championship on Saturday at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas.
“We had a very good day for the team,” coach Sean Cleary said. “Realistically, we came into today's competition wanting four All-Big 12 Awards. We leave having accomplished exactly that”
Amy Cashin stood on the Big 12 podium, earning a silver medal and All-Big 12 honors for a 10:18.08 performance in the 3000-meter steeplechase. She also bested her previous season-best mark by nine seconds. Cashin’s performance ranks fourth all-time in the event in school history. Teammate Meg Yuan also earned All-Big 12 honors, as she set a season-best time and finished seventh in 10:24.38.
“Our steeple girls also finished the night having run big season-bests,” Cleary continued. ”Amy recovered late in the race from an early-race fall after colliding with another athlete. We are very proud that she was able to compose herself and slowly get back in the race before having a tremendous finish. Megan also secured a spot in the NCAA Championships with her performance. Sticking her nose in the race from the gun to ensure the pace was honest, allowed for both of our girls to land on the podium and live to run another day."
Sophomore Danique Bryan began the second day of competition for the Mountaineers on a high note when she earned All-Big 12 honors after jumping 6.21 meters (20' 4½"), placing seventh in the long jump competition to qualify for Sunday’s finals.
“Danique was very strong in the long jump. She is so very close to being incredible. A few little tweaks over the next two weeks and she will be extremely happy with herself.”
Maddie Gardner became the fourth Mountaineer to be deemed All-Big 12 as she placed eighth in the pole vault finals with a 4.06-meter (13' 3¾") mark. Amanda Barnes set a career-best mark when she vaulted 3.76 meters (12' 4"), finishing 14th.
“Maddie leaves the Big 12 meet with her first All-Big 12 recognition with the second-best vault of her life. Amanda Barnes was also very competitive in the vault. From what we saw today we believe she will join Maddie and redshirt sophomore Sara Finfrock at this prestigious level.”
Meghan Jean-Baptiste crossed the line in 14.61 seconds to finish 17th in the 100-meter hurdles.  Chaqieta Robinson placed 12th in the 400-meter hurdles preliminary race, when she finished in 1:04.09.
Tomorrow's final day of the Big 12 Championship is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET, with events lasting until 8:45 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 final day of competition in seventh place with 17 team points. Kansas State paces the field with 67 points at the end of the second day.
A full recap of the Sunday's action will be available following the competition at WVUsports.com