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WVU Set for Big 12 Outdoor Championship

May 12, 2016

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University track and field team will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete for a Big 12 title at the 2016 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship, held on May 13-15.

“The conditions look to be extreme this weekend with heat, humidity and wind,” said coach Sean Cleary. “The goals are simple. Compete, compete, compete, and let the marks fall as they will. We feel we have an opportunity to bring home 7-10 All-Big 12 performances. We will be pleased if we do so. It’s time to start looking at the next phase of the season. This is an opportunity to really find out how far we have come over the last few months. We are healthier and fitter as we progress.”

TCU will host the three-day outdoor championship for the first time at Lowdon Track and Field Complex. The first day of competition starts on Friday at 10 a.m. ET, with the women’s hammer throw. Saturday’s competition starts at 11 a.m. ET, with the heptathlon and Sunday, the final day, will start at noon ET with the women’s discus.

Five Big 12 women’s track and field teams rank within the top 25 in the most recent USTFCCCA national rankings, including No. 5 Texas, No. 9 Kansas State, No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 21 Oklahoma State and No. 19 Baylor.

The last two years, West Virginia placed ninth at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship. In 2013, WVU placed eighth.

Last weekend, select Mountaineers 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 May 6.

At the Billy Hayes Invitational, junior Amy Cashin claimed the win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a career-best time of 10:21.36 to rank third in WVU outdoor history. West Virginia also added two top-seven finishes in the women’s 1,500-meter run fast section. The Jim Thorpe Invite was highlighted by WVU’s two top-five finishes – one in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and one in the pole vault.

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