WVWC Track Teams score slew of top placements at 2022 Mountaineer Showcase

Ny’Tierra Hobbs. PHOTO COURTESY OF WVWC ATHLETICS

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia Wesleyan track & field team wrapped up a two-day event at West Virginia University, where they participated in the Mountaineer Showcase on both Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23. 

Maggie Kovalcik and Samantha Cash kicked off the Friday session with a strong showing in the long jump. Kovalcik and Cash finished first and second in the event leaping 5.36 and 5.34-meters, respectively. Aubrey Wiethe took fifth-place in the 100-meter hurdle finals crossing the line in 15.75. 

After breaking two school records just a week ago, Ny’Tierra Hobbs continued her impressive stretch as she took second place in the 100m finals. Hobbs beat teammate Faith Gandy to the line with a time of 11.92 seconds, while Gandy finished in 12.09. Kovalcik took fifth in the event with a time of 12.59 seconds. 

Leigha Hall took second in the 3000-meter steeplechase, posting a time of 12:21.87. 

Kennedy Kuhns opened up the Saturday session with a victory in the Javelin throw. Kuhns mark of 36.05-meters on her second throw secured the event win. Cash took second place in the high jump as she cleared the bar at 1.64-meters. 

Kovalcik won the 400-meter dash as she crossed the finish line in 59.62 seconds to take the event. The relay team of Kovalcik, Hobbs, Gandy and Shannon Farrow took first place in the 4x100-meter relay. The team combined to finished in 47.44 seconds. 

Wiethe won the 400-meter hurdles edging out her opponent with a time of 1:07.05, while Hobbs took second in the 200-meter dash finals posting a time of 25.10 seconds.

Cade Robinson took second in the men’s 1500-meter run posting a time of 4:07.14. Aaron Kupfner took third in the 110-meter hurdle finals with a finishing time of 15.34 seconds. Tanner Faulkiner won the 100-meter dash finals as he posted another strong time after breaking the school record the previous week. Faulkiner’s time of 10.62 beat all of his opponents by two-tenths of a second in the event.

Kenneth Okoye’s jump of 1.88-meters gave him a third-place finish in the high jump, while Justin Mcintyre won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.59 seconds.

Evan Pyles captured third-place in the 5000-meter run finishing the race in 16:33.12. Robinson and Cole Bracken took fourth and fifth in the 800-meter run with times of 1:59.54 and 1:59.75, respectively. 

Devin Taylor took fourth in the 200-meter dash finals, crossing the finish line in 22.36 seconds to round out the list of top performers for the WVWC track and field team during Friday and Saturday’s Mountaineer Showcase in Morgantown. 

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