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Cashin Wins 3,000m Steeplechase at Billy Hayes

May 6, 2016

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University track and field team closed the regular season at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana, and at the Jim Thorpe Invite in University Park, Pennsylvania, on Friday.

“We got a few things complied today,” said coach Sean Cleary. “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.” 

Competition at the Billy Hayes Invitational was highlighted by junior Amy Cashin’s victory in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to sit third in WVU outdoor history. The Mountaineers 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.

Two Mountaineers competed at the Jim Thorpe Invite – one in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and one in the pole vault.

Senior Sarah McCauley made her season debut in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, posting a top-two finish. McCauley placed second with a time of 11:55.07.
In the pole vault, sophomore Sara Finfrock placed fifth with a mark of 3.68 meters.

In one week, West Virginia will compete for the Big 12 title at the 2016 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Fort Worth, Texas, held on May 13-15.

The last two years, the Mountaineers have place ninth at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship. In 2013, WVU placed eighth at the championship.

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