MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University track and field team travels to Charlottesville, Virginia, to compete at the Virginia Challenge from April 21-22.
UVA hosts more than 50 schools at the two-day event at Lannigan Field. Friday’s events kickoff at 11 a.m. ET with the women’s hammer, and Saturday’s competition begins at 9 a.m. ET with the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. West Virginia will compete at the event for its fifth consecutive year since 2013.
Last year at the Virginia Challenge, the Mountaineers claimed two victories, one in the high jump and one in pole vault throughout the two-day event.
Sophomore Madeline Gardner grabbed the win in the pole vault with a cleared height of 3.90 meters (12’ 9 ½”), the fourth-best mark in WVU outdoor history.
Hannah Stone won the high jump, clearing a season-best mark of 1.74 meters (5’ 8 ½”).
West Virginia came off a successful weekend at the Bison Outdoor Classic in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, as the squad collected four individual wins, while sweeping all three jumping events. WVU placed fifth with 55 points out of 20 teams. Additionally, sophomores Danique Bryan
and Gardner broke Bucknell’s facility records.
The first victory came from senior Marseille McBeam
in the women’s high jump as she marked a season best 1.70 meters (5’ 7”). In the women’s triple jump, junior Shamoya McNeil
won with a career-best and the second–best mark in WVU outdoor history of 13.01 meters (42’ 8 ¼”). WVU’s third win was from Bryan in the women’s long jump, leaping a career best of 6.28 meters (20’ 7 ¼”), to earn the fourth-best mark in school history. She set a new facility record, beating the previous best of 20’ 6 ¼” (6.25m) in 2007
Gardner rounded out the fourth win for the Mountaineers as she won the women’s pole vault, clearing a career best 4.00 meters (13’ 1 ½”), the second best in WVU outdoor history. She also set a facility record, breaking the previous best 3.89 meters (12’ 9 ½”).
Up next, West Virginia will compete at the prestigious Penn Relays from April 27-29 in Philadelphia.