BUCKHANNON – Both the West Virginia Wesleyan men’s and women’s track and field teams entered the final day of the Mountain East Conference Championships in first place afte Saturday’s action on the Wesleyan campus.
The Lady Bobcats had 177.5 points going into Sunday, while Wheeling Jesuit had 150.5 points. Concord is a distant third with 50 points.
On the men’s, Wesleyan amassed 137 points after two days, while Charleston is third with 63 and Notre Dame is third with 48.
In events that went final for the women, Sydney Pineault successfully defended her title in the 3,000-meters steeplechase with a time of 10:43.
Baylee Summers took fifth in the event with a time of 12:59.
Jordan Lynn took second in the heptathlon with 3,895 points while Audrey Barber was third with 3,299 points. Teammates Marlee Angelucci, Paxton Winston and Mim Stonecipher were fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
B-UHS product Lauren Cvechko took seventh in the shot put with a heave of 11.78.
Aiyana Kachmarek (37.24m), Lauren Crimm (37.03m) and Abby Buchan (36.30m) took fifth, sixth and seventh in the discus throw.
In the pole vault, Stonecipher (3.00m) was third, Carmine Guynn placed fourth (3.00m) and Kassy Wagner was fifth (2.75m).
On the men’s side, Wesleyan picked up the win in four events.
West Virginia Wesleyan’s Dylan Rippeto doubled with wins in the discus and shot put. Teammate Alan Crise won the javelin and Chad Longanacre took the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Rippeto had a throw of 45.38 for the win.
Alex Eye took second place with a heave of 44.71 while Thomas Haines was fifth (39.50), Neil Scherich was sixth (38.93) and Tim Friend was eighth (37.91).
In the shot put, Rippeto had a winning toss of 14.56
Friend was second (13.93) and Eye was fourth (13.40).
In the javelin, Crise had a winning throw of 48.74.
Wesleyan picked up 24 points in the event as Hunter LeMasters was second (48.38m), Scherich was fourth (46.76m) and Alex Moss was eighth (43.51m).
Longanacre had a winning time of 9.55.30.
On Friday, Crise brought home the lone title on day one in the javelin with a throw of 48.74 meters.
LeMasters took second with a heave of 48.38 meters.
Isaac Johnson took second in the hammer throw with a toss of 47.51 meters, while Rippeto took fifth with a heave of 44.53 meters.
In the long jump, Tavaris Anderson finished third with a leap of 7.13 meters and teammate and former B-UHS standout Marcus Lofton was seventh (6.68 meters).
Matt Dearth ran third in the 10,000 meters (32:11.50).
On the women’s side, Wesleyan took the top six positions in the javelin.
Rachel Czulewicz was first (41.88 meters), Abby Buchan was second (40.94m), Katie Demi was third (38.19m) Audrey Barber was fourth (35.34m), Cvechko was fifth (34.95m) and Andrea Paterra was sixth (34.64m).
The Lady Bobcats were equally as strong in the high jump as Cvechko took first with a jump of 1.63m, while Joy Price was third (1.60m), Lauren Leaman was fourth (1.55m) Anja Beckmann was sixth (1.50m) Savannah Teter was seventh (1.45m) and Zoei Kirk was eighth (1.45m).
Cvechko picked up her second win of the day as she took first in the long jump at 5.53 meters while teammate Beckmann was fifth with a leap of 5.15m and Ali Allen was seventh with a 5.07m.
In the 10,000 meter run, Wesleyan amassed 19 points.
Joie Johnston was second (40:12.70), Rachel Pinto was third (41:18.90) and Rachael Englund was fourth (41:38.90).