Track and field ‘Cats, Lady ‘Cats shine at Jasmine Claggett Memorial Invite


BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Wesleyan track and field team co-hosted the annual Jasmine Claggett Memorial Invite with Salem on Saturday.

The Bobcats honored Jasmine Claggett by turning in their best performance of the season. Overall, the men took first place in the meet totaling 134 points. The women finished in second place with a total of 128 points.

Faith Gandy stole the show by breaking the 100-meter dash record in her preliminary heat. Gandy ran a time of 12.17 in the prelims breaking the record by three-tenths of a second. Gandy wasn't satisfied and continued to win the finals posting a time of 12.46.

Lauren Leaman was not to be outdone, giving another outstanding performance. Leaman won two events and finished second in her third event. In her first victory of the day, Leaman finished first in the 100-meter hurdles running a final time of 15.28.

In her final two events of the day, Leaman won the high jump posting a final height of 1.60m. In the 400-meter hurdles, Leaman posted a final time of 65.34, which was good enough for second place.

Other WVWC notable performers. Kennedy Kuhns won the Javelin throwing an impressive 37.75 meters. Teammate Kristen Crowder threw a personal best of 30.95 meters which was good for third place in the event.

Tori Carr won the 3000-meter Steeplechase, winning by almost two minutes.

Caylee Painter and Emilee Spangler finished third in the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run respectively.

Trisanya Mitchell finished third in the triple jump with a height of 10.34 meters. Mikaela Grey finished third in Discus with a final distance of 36.32.

On the men's side, Devin Taylor was incredible in his first meet of the season. Taylor won the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash running 11.02 and 22.03.

Kenneth Okoye won the triple jump and finished second in the high jump. Okoye had a winning leap of 13.32m in the Triple Jump. In the High Jump, his height of 1.85 meters was 0.5 meters off the winning height.

In the Javelin Throw, Oliver French took home first with a toss of 47.30 meters. Chase Dotson continued the string of victories in field events with a throw of 14.55 meters, The final distance was good for first place in the event. Dotson also took home third in the Discus with a final distance of 42.69.

Freshman Cade Robinson was impressive in the men's 5000-meter run posting a final time of 16:50.00. The time was good for second in the event.

The Golden Eagle Invite hosted by Charleston on Friday (April 16) is next for the Bobcats.

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