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WVU’s Gardner vaults to record at Pushkin meet

Created on:   Sat, Dec 2, 2017   11:43 PM

Last modified:   Sat, Dec 2, 2017   11:43 PM

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MORGANTOWN — Redshirt junior Madelin Gardner set a record in the women’s pole vault to lead the WVU track and field team at the Marty Pushkin Classic, on Dec. 2, at the Shell Building.

Gardner was one of eight winners for the Mountaineers at the season-opening meet.

“It was nice to get back into the competitive frame of mind today,” WVU coach Sean Cleary said. “These kids have been training for months with the winter in mind.

“Today, they had the opportunity to get some indication of where they are. We will now focus on maintaining shape and hitting the books for finals before preparing for January. We had a few wins out there and expect to have more in the lineup next month.”

Gardner earned a mark of 4.15 meters, breaking the indoor school record of 4.07, set by Erin Nett, in 2002. Gardner was one of six Mountaineers competing in pole vault, along with senior Sara Finfrock (third, 3.80m), sophomore Amanda Barnes (third, 3.80m), freshman Ellie Gardner (sixth, 3.70m), senior Rebekah Lafata (seventh, 3.40m) and freshman Mikayla Shute (11th, 2.80m).

Freshman Michaela Ashford took first in the long jump, at 4.84 meters.

Another freshman, McKenna Smith, won the 500 meters, in 1:20.20.

In the 60-meter hurdle finals, redshirt senior Meghan Jean-Baptiste took first, in 8.80. Jean-Baptiste also tied for second in the 60-meter dash (7.70) and claimed 11th in the shot put.

Ashford finished second in the 60-meter dash, in 7.70. Senior Shamoya McNeil tied for fifth (7.80) and freshman Melissa Brozier tied for 10th (8.00).

Smith, Jean-Baptiste, McNeil and Ashford teamed up to win the women’s 4x400 relay, in 4:13.90. Freshmen Hayley Jackson and Marianne Abdalah and redshirt sophomore Candace Jones, who all ran unattached, won the women’s mile run, women’s 3,000 meters and women’s 800 meters, respectively.

WVU returns to action Jan. 13, hosting the WVU Open, at the Shell Building.