Seven Mountaineers Advance To NCAA Track Regionals
Seven members of the West Virginia University track and field team have qualified to compete at the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Regionals, from May 24-26, in Tampa, Florida.
Redshirt seniors Amy Cashin and Jillian Forsey, senior Sara Finfrock, redshirt junior Madelin Gardner and redshirt sophomore Olivia Hill all ranked in the top 48 of the NCAA East Region in their respective events, while redshirt senior Maggie Drazba and junior Danique Bryan earned qualification but are unable to participate due to injury.
With her qualification, Cashin is set to compete in the East Prelims for the fourth consecutive year. Gardner competed at the event in 2017, as did Bryan and Drazba. Forsey, who competed at the regional meet in 2016, also qualified for the second time in her career. Finfrock and Hill are set to make their regional-meet debuts.
Cashin qualified to compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the East Prelims this season. She earned a school-record time of 9:59.40 in the event at the 2018 Penn Relays on April 26 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With the performance, the Werribee, Victoria, Australia, native became the first Mountaineer woman to break the 10-minute barrier in the event.
Gardner and Finfrock are set to compete in the pole vault competition. Gardner broke her own school record at the Virginia Challenge on April 20, earning a career-best jump of 4.41 meters (14 feet, 5.5 inches), while Finfrock enters the competition with a season-best jump of 4.02 meters (13 feet, 2.25 inches) from the Bison Outdoor Classic on April 14 in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Hill and Forsey will compete in the 10,000-meter run at the East Prelims after Hill registered a time of 34:47.73 at the Stanford Invitational on March 30 in Stanford, California, while Forsey’s top time in the event came at the Virginia Challenge in 35:21.96.
Despite their injuries, Drazba initially ranked in the top 48 in the 10,000 meters with a time of 33:51.71 from the Stanford Invitational, while Bryan was originally slotted in the top 48 in a pair of events, the long jump and triple jump. She earned a mark of 6.16 meters (20 feet, 2.5 inches) in the long jump at the Virginia Grand Prix on April 28, as well as a mark of 12.58 meters (41 feet, 3.25 inches) in the triple jump at the Virginia Challenge on April 21.
For each individual event contested at each of the preliminary sites, the top-48 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event, the top-24 declared relay teams were accepted into the competition. Combined events (heptathlon and decathlon) are not contested at the preliminary sites.
Qualifiers out of the East and West Regions who place in the top eight in their events will advance to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, from June 6-9, in Eugene, Oregon.