WVU roundup: Clemson grad transfer joins defensive line

MORGANTOWN — Clemson graduate Jabril Robinson will transfer to WVU, joining USC transfer Kenny Bigelow along the defensive line for the Mountaineers.

Robinson plays a position of need for WVU with the loss of Lamonte McDougle, who announced his transfer from the program in April.

Robinson graduated from Clemson in December and is immediately eligible. The 6-foot-2, 270-pounder was a backup nose tackle the last three seasons for the Tigers, finishing with

38 tackles, three for loss, and 1 1/2 sacks in 23 career games.

TRACK AND FIELD

The Mountaineers are in Waco, Texas, May 11-13 for the Big 12 meet.

The three-day competition begins at noon today.

Three Big 12 women’s programs rank in the top 25 of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings: No. 12 Texas, No. 16 Kansas State and No. 19 Texas Tech. Eight of the conference’s

10 teams are listed in the nation’s top 50, including WVU, which ranks No. 47 this week.

Seven Mountaineers are ranked in the top seven of the Big 12 in their events, including redshirt senior Amy Cashin and redshirt junior Madelin Gardner, who sit atop the conference in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and women’s pole vault, respectively.

Cashin broke her own WVU school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2018 Penn Relays on April 26 (9:59.40), and enters the weekend ranked No. 9 nationally in the event. The Werribee, Victoria, Australia, native also sits No. 2 in the league in the 1,500-meter run and seventh in the 5,000-meter run.

WVU last won a Big 12 individual championship in 2015, when Kaitlyn Gillespie won the 10,000-meter run, in 33:45.56.

ROWING

Sixteen Mountaineers were named to a academic all-Big 12 rowing team.

Seniors Aria Asselta (marketing), Abbigail Rees (clinical rehabilitation and mental health) and Jacqueline Spiropoulos (sociology and anthropology); juniors Amy Hoaglund (multidisciplinary studies), Carly Ledbetter (graphic design), Abigail Patrick (management), Kaitlin Sullivan (nursing) and Elizabeth Young (history); and sophomores Hannah Hammon (graphic design), Madisyn Lee (criminology), Lize Morris (nursing) and Alexandria Young (biology) were named to the first team.

Second-teamers include junior Dana Bishop (criminology) and sophomores Gabrielle Boylan (nursing), Lindsay Krawczyk (nursing) and Morgan McCoy (secondary education).

The Mountaineers return to the water Saturday and Sunday, for the Big 12 meet, in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

GYMNASTICS

Coach Jason Butts announced that Taylor Sell and Kristin Lang will compete at WVU next fall.

Lang, from Pittsford, N.Y., is a four-year, level 10 gymnast out of RGA. A three-time Junior Olympic National Championships qualifier, she finished fifth on balance beam at the 2016 J.O. national championships, and placed 15th on floor and 17th in the all-around.

Sell, from Manheim, Pa., is a four-year, level 10 gymnast from Prestige Gymnastics. A Junior Olympics national championships qualifier, she finished eighth on balance beam at the 2018 Region 7 Level 10 Championships.

She also finished third on the beam and ninth on floor at the 2018 Pennsylvania state championships.

VOLLEYBALL

Volunteer assistant coach Jake Hong was promoted to assistant coach, WVU head coach Reed Sunahara announced.

Hong joined the Mountaineer staff in July. In his first season, WVU collected 21 wins for the first time since 1991 and advanced to the postseason for the second time in program history, reaching the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) semifinals.

Hong came to WVU after spending four seasons at High Point.

A native of San Jose, Calif., Hong earned his bachelor’s degree in special programs with a concentration of humanities from UNC Greensboro.

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