May 25, 2016
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Eight members of the West Virginia University track and field team will compete at the 2016 NCAA East Preliminary Round from May 26-28, at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, Florida.
“As a group, we are excited to bring such a large number to the NCAA East Prelim Championships,” said coach Sean Cleary. “This meet is the highest level of competition that most athletes will ever see. To qualify, there is a testament to their focus and determination over nine months. Track and field practice and cross country started in August, and these are the eight women who will represent West Virginia University long after school has let out. This week is about going out there and competing to the very best of their abilities and leaving nothing in the tank.”
The 2016 season marks the second-consecutive trip to the East Regional for Cashin, Kerekes, McNeil and Paladino.
The Mountaineers will start competition in the first round of the 1,500-meter run on Thursday, May 26th at 5:30 p.m. ET, with Kerekes and Paladino representing WVU. Paladino qualified after running a career best 4:21.09, and Kerekes qualified with a season-best time of 4:24.17, both times set at the Big 12 Championship. The top-five runners from each of the heats, along with the next four fastest times, will advance to the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Plombon will compete in the 10,000-meter run, as she qualified with a career-best time of 34:48.76 set at the Virginia Challenge. The semifinals of the 10,000-meter run will begin on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET. Plombon will need to record a top-12 finish in order to qualify for the finals at the NCAA Championships.
Friday’s competition will kick off with Stone in the first round of the high jump at 5 p.m. ET. She qualified with an outdoor career-best mark of 1.74 meters set at the Virginia Challenge.
Later on, Cashin and Yuan will represent the Mountaineers in the quarterfinals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase set for 8:50 p.m. ET. Cashin qualified with a personal-best time of 10:21.36 at the Billy Hayes Invite, and Yuan also qualified with a career-best time of 10:27.39 earned at the Virginia Challenge.
On Saturday, Forsey will compete in the 5,000-meter run, and McNeil will represent the Mountaineers in the triple jump.
The first round of the triple jump begins on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET. McNeil qualified in the triple jump with an outdoor career-best mark of 12.76 meters set at the Texas Relays. The top-12 best marks will advance to the finals of the National Championships.
Forsey will compete in the semifinal of the 5,000-meter run for WVU at 8:05 p.m. ET, as she qualified for the event with a time of 16:05.89 set at the Stanford Invitational. The top-five finishers in each heat, as well as the next two fastest times, will advance to the finals of the National Championships.
The qualifiers from the east and west regions will advance to compete at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships set for June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon.