WVU’s Gardner, Cashin place at NCAA track meet

EUGENE, Ore. — WVU redshirt junior Madelin Gardner finished eighth in the pole vault and redshirt senior Amy Cashin was 13th in the 3,000 meter steeplechase June 7, at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships.Gardner’s best jump was 14 feet, 1.25 inches.

Kentucky’s Olivia Gruver was the winner, at 14-11.

Cashin broke her own school record by running 9:58.75, but was about a second shy of qualifying for the finals.

Boise State’s Allie Ostrander was the champ, running 9:45.96.

“Great athletes will always want more of themselves, but Maddie and Amy will leave Eugene knowing that they left everything their bodies and minds had to offer on the track today,” WVU coach Sean Cleary said.

ACADEMICS

Recent WVU graduates Elizabeth Gratz (rifle) and James Koval (men’s swimming and diving) are among 20 Big 12 Conference athletes selected to receive $10,000 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships, the conference announced.

The scholarships are named in honor of the late Dr. Gautt, a former Big 12 staff member and student services pioneer who died in March 2005.

A two-time CoSIDA Academic all-American and a first-team honoree in 2017, Gratz graduated in May with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) in marketing.

Gratz finished second in air rifle at the 2018 NCAA rifle championships.

Koval, from Mount Pleasant, S.C., maintained a 3.80 GPA as a chemical engineering major before graduating in May. He is a three-time member of the academic all-Big 12 first team and was named the 2018 Big 12 Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

In the pool, Koval finished fourth in the 1,650 freestyle at the 2018 Big 12 championship.

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