WLU Track and Field continues good form at Westminster Invitational


Hilltopper Sports

Reese Burnside in Pole Vault action at last weeks home meet.

West Liberty University’s (WLU) men and women’s Track and Field teams continued their outdoor season as they competed in the Westminster College Invitational on Saturday, April 10. Coming off the back of an extremely successful home meet in the Tim Weaver Invitational last weekend, the Hilltoppers built on their momentum with another impressive showing in New Wilmington.

The highlight of the day came in the Women’s 100m hurdles when Hailey Carreon broke her own school record, winning the race by over a second with a time of 15.03 seconds. Carreon, who finished second in the same event the week prior at home, also won the women’s 100-meter dash, with a time of 12.73 seconds. Carreon now holds three school records, also recording unmatched times in two indoor events, the 60-meter hurdles and 200-meter sprint.

Carreon competed in her third event of the day alongside Shelby Bence, Abbe Stackpole, and Makayla Rolince as the Hilltoppers took home the Women’s 4×100-meter relay title with a time of 50.93 seconds, outrunning their closest rival, Point Park University, by over two seconds. West Liberty’s men’s 4×100 relay team looked to replicate the performance of their teammates but unfortunately fell short of first place as Westminster University finished just 0.62 seconds ahead of the Toppers, who took home second place.

Senior thrower Kelsi Hulit continued her string of impressive performances, winning the discus throw by a remarkable 15 feet, with a final score of 44.51 meters. Hulit was recently named the Mountain East Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week as she led the team to a first-place finish in last weekend’s home meet. The hilltop veteran notched up wins in the discus, hammer and shot put events while also placing in the javelin event to earn herself the weekly accolade.

There was more success for WLU in the field events as freshman Reese Burnside finished in second place in the men’s Pole Vault event, clearing 15 feet. Another West Liberty freshman had a near miss and a second-place finish as Gage Patterson jumped 6.55 meters in the long jump event, being edged out by only 0.02 meters by Carnegie Mellon’s Varun Narayan.

The only win of the day for coach Justin Simpson’s men’s team came in the 110-meter hurdles as Mikhi Anderson won by just a fifth of a second, running a 15.06. Anderson, who also finished third in the high jump, has had an extraordinary first collegiate season so far, receiving All-Atlantic Region Team honors for his performances in the 60-meter hurdles indoor event earlier this year. He was one of five West Liberty athletes named on the All-Region Team as both the men’s and women’s track teams continue to have successful seasons, heading into the MEC Championships in early May.

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