MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Junior Shamoya McNeil
of the West Virginia University track and field team punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on the final day of the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Round on Saturday, in Lexington, Kentucky.
A pair of Mountaineers, McNeil and sophomore Danique Bryan
competed in the women’s triple jump earlier Saturday evening.
McNeil punched her ticket to Eugene after placing 11th in the triple jump with a clearance of 13.04 meters (42'-9 ½"), to add another NCAA qualifier to WVU’s collection. McNeil will join senior Amy Cashin
at the national championships. The duo will appear at the NCAA Championships for the first time in their collegiate careers.
“Shamoya brought her A-game in a less than ideal condition," coach Sean Cleary said. “Shamoya’s rise into the national ranks has been long and steady. This advancement is more than deserved. We are excited to see how both Amy and Shamoya handle the opportunity in front of them.”
Teammate Bryan was just a few places short on qualifying, as she finished 14th in the triple jump with a mark of 12.94 meters (42'-5 ½"). This was Bryan’s second event this weekend as she qualified for the NCAA East Prelims in the long jump and triple jump.
“This was a breakout year for Danique,” Cleary said. “Huge personal best jumps all season in both the long and triple jumps. I couldn't be more proud of her commitment to both this university and team. Being so close to advancing to the national finals will undoubtedly serve as very big motivation for the coming year.”
Cashin punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships, while setting a WVU record of 10:01.19. She shed 9.89 seconds off of her previous-best time set last year. Cashin bested alum Sarah Martinelli’s previous record of 10:05.27 set in 2014. The Werribee, Australia, native was the first Mountaineer to claim a bid to Eugene, this weekend.
Thursday, Bryan, redshirt sophomore Madelin Gardner
and redshirt junior Maggie Drazba
opened the first day of competition for the Mountaineers. Bryan competed in the long jump, Drazba in the 10,000-meter run and Gardner in the pole vault.
Out of the 48 qualifiers of the East and West regions, those who placed in the top-12 in their events advanced to the NCAA Championships.
The last Mountaineer to qualify to the national championships was alum Kaitlyn Gillespie in the 10,000-meter run in 2015.
McNeil and Cashin will continue their seasons at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 7-10 in Eugene, Oregon.