Sophomore Danique Bryan of the West Virginia University track and field team set a school record and earned a bronze medal on the final day of the 2017 Big 12 Outdoor Championship on Sunday, in Lawrence, Kansas.
In addition to Bryan’s record-breaking performance on Sunday, she and junior Shamoya McNeil earned All-Big 12 honors for placing in the top eight. Throughout the three-day championship, WVU collected a total of seven all-conference accolades at Kansas’ Rock Chalk Park.
“What a day in the triple jump,” coach Sean Cleary said. “Danique and Shamoya were outstanding. Both jumping farther than Christine Brown’s school record – a record held by one of the truly outstanding track athletes in program history. With Brown and Stormy Nesbit having obtained All-American Awards in their prime, we have a bright future in this event.”
“We really believed that we could return home with five to seven All-Big 12 awards, and we are pleased to return with seven. I am very proud of so many moments this weekend. We simply need to keep progressing and come back to this meet a little healthier and a little deeper. By the looks of it we have six qualifying for the NCAA Championships. If we can keep this momentum going the next few weeks can be exciting.”
A Clarendon, Jamaica, native, Bryan stood on the Big 12 podium wearing a bronze medal after setting a WVU outdoor record of 13.68 meters (44’-10 ¾) in the triple jump. She bested Christine Brown’s 13.20-meter mark (43’-3 ¾”) set in 2001. Bryan returns to Morgantown with two All-Big 12 honors after receiving her first on Saturday in the long jump.
McNeil also competed in the triple jump, placing sixth with a career-best mark of 13.21 meters (43’-04 ¼”), to earn All-Big 12 honors. McNeil now holds the second-best mark in program history in the event.
In the women’s high jump, senior Marseille McBeam placed 11th with a clearance of 1.63 meters (5’-04 ¼”).
Redshirt freshman Anna French crossed the finish line in 33rd in the 5,000 meters with a time of 18:22.00.
On Saturday, WVU earned four All-Big 12 honors, from Bryan, seniors Amy Cashin and Megan Yuan and sophomore Madelin Gardner. Cashin also earned a silver medal in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Friday, redshirt junior Maggie Drazba earned a spot on the All-Big 12 team after finishing fourth in the 10,000-meter run.
Kansas State won the Big 12 title, while West Virginia finished 10th at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship.
The 2017 NCAA East Preliminary Regionals will be held on May 25-27 in Lexington, Kentucky.