Following a pair of outstanding performances last weekend, redshirt senior Madelin Gardner of the West Virginia University track & field team and junior right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah of the baseball team have been named the WVU Student-Athletes of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Gardner broke her own outdoor school record in the pole vault at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Virginia, on April 20. The Williamstown, West Virginia, native jumped a career-best 4.47 meters (14 feet, 8 inches) to earn the win, as well as the meet and facility records. Gardner cleared marks of 4.12, 4.22, 4.32 and 4.42 meters before her final successful clearance of 4.47 meters.
The jump ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 4 nationally this season. It’s also the highest regular-season jump in the Big 12 since 2014. Gardner, who took down her previous WVU-best mark of 4.41 meters from last season’s Virginia Challenge, has now tallied four wins in five starts this outdoor season.
For the second consecutive start, Manoah struck out 15 batters in a complete-game shutout. Manoah once again did not walk a batter and allowed just three hits as WVU beat Kansas, 1-0, on April 20. Manoah matched his career high with 15 strikeouts, set a week before, as he became the first Mountaineer in program history to strike out 15 batters in a complete-game shutout in back-to-back weeks.
He is the fourth player in WVU history with multiple 15-strikeout games in the same season, and the first since John Radosevich struck out 17 once and 16 twice in 1965. As Manoah extended his shutout streak to 31.2 consecutive innings, he earned his team-leading sixth win of the season with his eighth quality start in 10 starts this year.