Gandy breaks 200-meter dash record for Lady ‘Cats in Last Chance meet

Faith Gandy

BUCKHANNON – Faith Gandy etched her name in the West Virginia Wesleyan track & field record books on Friday when she broke the school record in the 200-meter dash.

Wesleyan hosted the Bobcat/Tiger Last chance meet with Salem, and the Lady ‘Cats stole the show. Wesleyan topped the leaderboard in points on both the men's and women's sides.

The women ran away with the meet, scoring 160.5 points, and the men tallied 139 points.

On the women's side, Gandy and Caylee Painter finished one and two in Gandy's record-breaking event. Gandy crossed the line in 24.80, while Painter finished in 25.71.

Gandy and Painter were also members of the women's 4x100 meter relay with Maggie Kovalcik and Lauren Leaman. The team cruised to a first-place finish in the event. The team almost topped the school record but just came short, running 47.76.

Painter wasn't finished scoring points for the 'Cats when she ran a 58.75 in the 400-meter dash. The closest competitor to Painter finished almost four seconds behind her. Rayna Heckman took home third running 64.57.

Aubrey Wiethe had one of her best days on the track. Wiethe finished second in the 400-meter hurdles and the 100-meter hurdles but set PR's in both events. Wiethe ran 15.46 in the 100h and 68.58 in the 400h.

Lauren Chickosky won the 3000-meter steeplechase. Chickosky blew out the field, winning the event by 18 seconds. Chickosky crossed the line in 12:36.11.

Brady Browning took home the victory in the pole vault posting a final height of 3.05 meters.

Kennedy Kuhns continued her winning ways in the javelin, throwing 35.75 meters on her final attempt.

Not to be outdone, the men put together a fantastic day.

Devin Taylor got the momentum rolling when he helped the 4x100 meter relay team to victory off a sensational anchor leg. The team of Tanner Faulkiner, Keith Parks, and Tré Gulley finished with a time of 42.13.

Taylor wasn't finished yet. The junior set a new PR of 10.66 in the 100-meter dash and just missed out on the school record. Taylor was just edged out in the 200-meter dash running 22.01, good for third.

Dalrymple and Austin Gresser finished one and two in the 110-meter hurdles. The duo ran 15.17 and 15.27, respectively.

Dalrymple also took home the victory in the 400-meter hurdles posting a final time of 54.61.

Kenneth Okoye is proving to be a force in the field events adding two more victories to his name. Okoye jumped 13.41 meters in the triple jump and posted a height of 1.90 meters in the high jump.

Chase Dotson posted a throw of 14.72 meters in the shot put, giving him the victory in the event.

Up next for both teams is the MEC Championships scheduled for May 2-4 and hosted by Glenville State College.

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