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Cashin Named Student-Athlete of the Week

May 9, 2016

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following her record-setting performance and victory in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Billy Hayes Invitational last weekend, junior Amy Cashin of the West Virginia University track and field team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.

Cashin claimed the 3,000-meter steeplechase title at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana, on Friday, with a career-best time of 10:21.36. It is the third best time in program history. She improved 22.94 seconds from her previous best time, set in the 2015 outdoor season.

The Werribee, Australia, native was recognized for her strong performance in the event, the sixth-fastest time in the country from May 2-8. This is the second time this year she has been recognized with a top-10 time by U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

In the Big 12 Conference this year, Cashin ranks second overall in the 3,000m steeplechase and No. 45 nationally.

This Week in Baseball: WVU plays its final four home games of the season this week … the homestand begins against Maryland on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET … it is a True Blue game and a Dollar Day … all fans are encouraged to wear blue, and all tickets and select concession items will be just $1 … it is also Pepperoni Roll Night, sponsored by Chico’s Bakery … the first 300 students will receive a free pepperoni roll at the gate, and fans can purchase pepperoni rolls for $1 off at the concession stands … the home season concludes this weekend vs. William and Mary … the series begins with a doubleheader on Friday, May 13, at 4 p.m. … the second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one … after an off day on Saturday, WVU hosts Senior Day on Sunday at 1 p.m. … before the game, the Mountaineers will honor their four seniors, Jeff Hardy, KC Huth, Blake Smith and Ross Vance.

Last Week in Baseball: West Virginia went 4-0 last week, with a 5-4 win over Virginia Tech before a sweep of Texas … the Mountaineers won the opener against the Longhorns, 11-2, before a 14-7 win on Saturday and a 9-5 win on Sunday … in the three-game series sweep, the Mountaineers (27-19, 11-9 Big 12) outscored the Longhorns 34-14 and out-hit them 38-22 … WVU posted a .369 batting average to UT’s .218 … West Virginia’s bullpen held Texas to one run on four hits in 9.1 innings, while WVU scored 14 runs on 18 hits off the UT bullpen in 13 innings.

Notes: West Virginia improved to 27-19 on the season, 11-9 in Big 12 play and 16-10 at home … WVU is 8-4 all-time against Texas and has won three of the four series played between the two teams … the sweep of Texas is the Mountaineers’ third three-game sweep of a Big 12 opponent since they joined the Big 12 in 2013 (Kansas in 2013 and Kansas State in 2014) … this season, West Virginia also swept Kansas in a two-game series (March 25-26) and UNLV in a three-game series (Feb. 26-28), both on the road … the Mountaineers have won five in a row, tied for their longest winning streak of the season, and eight of their last nine games … in Friday’s win, coach Randy Mazey won his 300th career game, and he holds a 302-258-2 career record and a 115-98 mark at WVU … Saturday’s attendance of 2,274 is the 11th-largest home crowd in program history and the 5th-largest at Monongalia County Ballpark … WVU scored a run in the first inning on Sunday for the 16th time this season and scored before its opponent for the 27th time … junior Jackson Sigman pitched in all three games against Texas and in 5.0 innings against UT; he allowed no runs on just one hit with four strikeouts … junior Shaun Wood hit his second home run of the year and 13th of his career on Friday and freshman Marques Inman hit his first career home run and sophomore Kyle Davis hit his seventh home run of the season and 11th of his career on Saturday … freshman Braden Zarbnisky picked up his third win of the season with 3.1 innings of one-run, one-hit work in relief on Saturday and allowed one run in 7.1 innings last week.

Coach Randy Mazey after WVU swept Texas: “It’s hard to put into words where we are right now. When we joined the Big 12 four years ago, I think everybody was holding their breath, waiting to see how this whole thing was going to go with the baseball program. I think right now, people can look around and say ‘we belong in this league.’ We’re beating some of the most storied traditions in all of college baseball. We’re just getting started. There are a lot bigger things ahead for Mountaineer baseball.”

This Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers will race at the 2016 Big 12 Rowing Championship, set for May 14-15 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on Melton Lake.

Last Week in Rowing: West Virginia was idle from competition last week.

Notes: The Mountaineers concluded the 2016 regular season with the EAWRC Sprints on May 1, in Worcester, Massachusetts … WVU’s varsity four B crew finished first in the Petite Final and seventh overall with a time of 8:33.069 for the Mountaineers’ top finish of the day … the varsity four A boat placed fifth in the Petite Final, completing the race in a time of 8:45.656 … in the second varsity eight race, West Virginia finished fifth in the Petite Final and 11th overall with a time of 7:42.094 … the Mountaineers also placed sixth in the varsity eight Petite Final and 12th overall with a time of 7:39.439.

This week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers will head to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete for a Big 12 title at the 2016 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship from May 13-14 … the last two years, the Mountaineers have placed ninth at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship. In 2013, WVU placed eighth at the championship.

Last Week in Track and Field: West Virginia competed at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana, and at the Jim Thorpe Invite in University Park, Pennsylvania to close out the regular season on Friday, May 6.

Notes: To highlight competition for the Mountaineers at the Billy Hayes Invitational, junior Amy Cashin claimed the win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to rank third in WVU outdoor history, and West Virginia also added two top-seven finishes in the women’s 1,500-meter run fast section … Cashin took the 3,000-meter steeplechase title with a career-best time of 10:21.36, setting her at the No. 3 spot on WVU’s all-time outdoor performance list … she improved 22.94 seconds from her previous best time set in the 2015 outdoor season … in the 1,500-meter run fast section, junior Brianna Kerekes placed third with a season-best time of 4:24.17 … Kerekes improved 5.79 seconds from her season best set at the Virginia Challenge … senior Kelly Williams finished seventh in 4:27.53, and junior Megan Yuan placed 11th with a time of 4:42.77 … at the Jim Thorpe Invite, senior Sarah McCauley made her season debut in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, placing second with a time of 11:55.07 … sophomore Sara Finfrock placed fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 3.68 meters.

Coach Sean Cleary after the weekend’s competition: “We got a few things completed today. Our mid-distance runners had good showings. I feel we have the opportunity to sneak a few into the NCAA Championships with tonight’s running. This was a nice little tune-up for the Big 12 Championship. Now, it’s time to focus on next week.”

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