After notching a first-place finish in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Ceili McCabe of the West Virginia University track and field team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
McCabe represented the Mountaineers at the Mountaineer Twilight on Saturday, May 1, in Morgantown, West Virginia. In just her second-ever steeplechase performance, McCabe finished in a winning time of 9:58.62. Her time ranks second in WVU outdoor program history.
The Vancouver, British Columbia, native made her season career debut in the steeplechase in her previous meet at the EKU Twilight, in Richmond Kentucky, on April 17. McCabe placed first with an outdoor program record time 9:57.93.
This Week in Women’s Soccer: The Mountaineers have completed the 2020-21 season.
Last Week in Women’s Soccer: WVU (10-3-1, 7-2 Big 12) fell to Rice, 1-0, in the NCAA Tournament Second Round on May 1, in Cary, North Carolina … after earning a first-round bye, the fifth-seeded Mountaineers outshot the Owls, 20-1, in the setback … Rice scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 74th minute … sophomore forward/defender Julianne Vallerand led the team with five shots in the loss, while junior midfielder Isabella Sibley tallied two shots on goal.
Notes: West Virginia made its 21st consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, good for the fifth-longest streak in the nation … WVU fell to 23-19-5 all-time in NCAA Tournament action … Saturday marked WVU’s first-ever meeting with the Owls … the Mountaineers won at least 10 games for the 21st consecutive year … the squad has defeated a top-10 opponent in 15 out of the last 16 seasons, including two this season … WVU went a perfect 6-0 at home this season, marking the first undefeated, home campaign since 2005 … six players earned All-Big 12 honors last fall, led by the league’s defensive player of the year and MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List selection, junior defender Jordan Brewster … senior midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel and junior forward Alina Stahl joined Brewster on the All-Big 12 First Team, while redshirt junior forward Lauren Segalla and sophomore defender Nicole Payne landed on the All-Big 12 Second Team … freshman midfielder Lilly McCarthy was an All-Freshman Team selection.
This Week in Track and Field: West Virginia continues action at home from May 7-8, for the Mountaineer Last Chance meet, at the Track and Field Complex at Mylan Park, in Morgantown … on Friday, field events will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET, while Saturday’s field and running events are tabbed for 1 p.m.
Last Week in Track and Field: WVU closed out competition at the Mountaineer Twilight with four first-place finishes on Saturday, May 1 … freshman Abigale Mullings took first in the high jump competition with a winning height of 1.72 meters … she was followed by redshirt freshman Sarah Stair and freshman Lydia Moell, who competed in the pole vault competition and shared a winning height of 3.69 meters to take first place … additionally, Ceili McCabe won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:58.62 … sophomore Katelyn Caccamo took third place in the pole vault competition with a height of 3.24 meters … running events began with the 1,500-meter run, where junior Hayley Jackson placed second with a time of 4:23.84 … freshmen Emily Oiler and Lully McMullen tied for third place in the 400-meter dash with matching times of 58.62 … from there, junior Tessa Constantine placed second (1:01.25) in the 400-meter hurdle competition … to close out competition, McMullen placed ninth (26.59) in the 200-meter dash, and junior Katherine Dowie placed second in the steeplechase competition with a time of 10:15.75.
Notes: WVU competed in nine events on Saturday … McCabe’s time in the steeplechase was the second-best in outdoor program history following her program-best and first place finish of 9:57.93 at the EKU Twilight on April 17. Dowie’s second place finish in the steeplechase was a personal-best time.
This Week in Baseball: The Mountaineers play four games at home this week … on Wednesday, May 4, WVU welcomes Pitt for the renewal of the Backyard Brawl … first pitch from Monongalia County Ballpark is set for 6:30 p.m. ET … from there, West Virginia takes on Oklahoma in a three-game series from May 7-9 … Friday’s series opener is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday’s start times are 4 p.m., and 11:30 a.m., respectively.
Last Week in Baseball: WVU (15-21, 6-12 Big 12) was swept in a three-game series against No. 5 TCU, from April 30-May 2, at Monongalia County Ballpark in Morgantown … the Mountaineers fell to the Horned Frogs, 8-2, 5-3 and 9-1 … on Friday, senior left-handed pitcher Jackson Wolf struck out a career-high 11 batters in 6.0 innings of work … Saturday’s contest featured a career-high, four-hit effort by junior outfielder Austin Davis, as well as the bullpen comprised of sophomore right-hander Skylar Gonzalez, junior left-hander Adam Tulloch, redshirt sophomore right-hander Daniel Ouderkirk and freshman righty Carlson Reed combine to toss 5.0, hitless innings with seven strikeouts … in Sunday’s series finale, freshman left-hander Ben Hampton pitched 5.1, scoreless innings with five strikeouts in a no decision … on the weekend, Davis led the Mountaineers at the plate, finishing 8-for-13 (.615) with a pair of doubles in three games.
Notes: West Virginia is in the midst of an 11-game homestand, which spans from April 30-May 16 … following last weekend’s series, WVU trails TCU, 6-23, in 29 all-time meetings … WVU and Pitt previously played this season, a 5-1 Panther win on April 6, in Pittsburgh … in all, WVU holds a 109-92 advantage over its rival in the all-time series … WVU also is 11-14 against Oklahoma all-time … redshirt sophomore infielder/outfielder Alec Burns made his first start of the 2021 campaign in Saturday’s TCU game … the Amherst, New Hampshire, native also belted his first career home run on Saturday … the Mountaineer pitching staff enters the week ranked No. 16 nationally in strikeouts per nine innings (10.7) … Davis leads the club with a .296 average on the year … freshman infielder Mikey Kluska’s 23 RBIs is tops on the squad.
This Week in Golf: The NCAA Selection Show will take place Wednesday, May 5.
Last Week in Golf: Senior Logan Perkins posted the third-lowest, 72-hole score by a WVU player at a Big 12 Championship event, while fellow senior Mark Goetz shot a 2-under-par 68 on the final day of the Big 12 Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas … Perkins posted a four-round score of 75-76-71-74=296 to finish tied for 35th … Matthew Sharpstene posted WVU’s best 72-hole Big 12 total in 2018 with a 287, following by Max Sear’s 293 in 2016 … one day after freshman Jackson Davenport posted the third-lowest round by a WVU player at a Big 12 Championship with a 69, Goetz recorded six birdies to finish with a 68, now the third-best round by a WVU player in the Big 12 Championship … Goetz finished with rounds of 81-75-74-68=298, the fifth-best, 72-hole score in a Big 12 Championship by a WVU player … sophomore Trent Tipton shot even par in the final round and finished with rounds of 83-78-71-70=302 … fifth-year senior Etienne Papineau finished with a 73-77-72-79=301, matching his 2018 score … Davenport completed his first season with an 82-75-69-78=304 … WVU finished ninth, matching its best Big 12 finish in 2018 … the Mountaineers posted rounds of 311-303-283-290=1187 (+67), tying WVU’s best 72-hole total in the Big 12 Championship, also in 2018 … just four years ago at the Big 12 Championship at Prairie Dunes, WVU posted a +131, 30 shots out of ninth place … Oklahoma State won the event at +9 this year … only four golfers in the entire field finished under par.
Quote: “This season has been interesting to say the least, from the fall semester not knowing if we would even have a season, to the testing and protocols, it has been a challenging year,” coach Sean Covich said. “However, I have enjoyed this group of guys. All of them have contributed to the team and showed their commitment to WVU golf.”