Leaman and Gandy impress at the Brandi Bowen Memorial Invitational


GLENVILLE — The West Virginia Wesleyan track and field program opened up the outdoor season on the road at the Brandi Bowen Memorial Invitational hosted by Glenville State. Both teams displayed impressive performances all around. The women amassed 60 total points while the men accumulated 49 points on the entire weekend.

Highlighting the weekend were the performances of Faith Gandy and senior Lauren Leaman.

Leaman competed in the women’s heptathlon, which consisted of seven events over two days. Leaman dominated the event coming in first or second in six of the seven events. The Parkersburg, W.Va., native finished with 4,155 points to defeat the second-place finisher by 505 points. Leaman won the 100-meter hurdles (15.63), high jump (1.58m), 200-meter dash (27.46), and the 800-meter run (2:34.83).

Gandy impressed in her first outdoor meet wearing the Orange and Black. Gandy won two individual events and led off the 4x400 relay team consisting of Maggie Kovalcik, Aubrey Wiethe and Laila Calhoun that took first place. In her first event on the weekend, Gandy won the 100-meter dash by crossing the line in 12.28 seconds.

Gandy wasn’t satisfied just yet and posted a time of 25.56 in the 200-meter dash, which was good for her second victory on the weekend. Gandy wrapped up her impressive performance by helping the women’s 4x400 team win by an astounding 25 seconds.

Rounding out the weekend, Kovalcik won the long jump with a final number of 5.27 meters.

On the men’s side, Tanner Faulkiner proved to be a force by posting a time of 11.11 in the 100-meter dash. That time was good for second in the event.

Austin Gresser was edged out in the 400-meter hurdles with a final time of 56.48 to finish the event in second.

Oliver French also put in a strong performance, finishing in second in the men’s javelin throw with a final number of 44.19 meters.

Next on the docket for WVWC is a home invitational on Saturday, April 10 when the Bobcats welcome opponents for the Jasmine Claggett Memorial Invite.

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