Nicholas Molina Breaks 22-Year-Old Record In Pole Vault

Nicholas Molina Breaks 22-Year-Old Record In Pole Vault

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's and women's track and field teams captured titles Friday in the annual Jasmine Claggett Memorial.

The Bobcats rolled to victory amassing 208.5 points in the 10-team event on the men's side.

Concord was a distant second with 96 while Charleston was third with 85.75 points.

The Bobcat men captured several individual titles on the day.

Sophomore Nicholas Molina led the charge, breaking the 22-year old pole vault record of Bobcat legend Charlie Dodrill.

Molina vaulted 4.60 meters or 15-1 in English measurements. Dodrill, who has enjoyed a long and successful career as a gospel musician, vaulted 15-feet in 1995.

Other Wesleyan men who captured event titles were double winner Chad Longanacre (1000 and steeplechase), Daniel Plaugher (110 hurdles), Marcus Lofton (high jump) and Dylon Rippeto (discus).

The 4x100 relay team of Nate Moore, Jacob Ortiz, Chris Fick, and Tavaris Anderson also raced to first place.

They Lady Bobcats also ran to an impressive victory over nine other teams.

Wesleyan compiled 284.5 points while Charleston was second with 94 and Glenville State was third with 70.

On the women's side, senior Lauren Cvechko was a triple winner (high jump, long jump, and 100 hurdles).

She was complemented on the victory stand by Emma Harrison (800), Sydney Pineault (steeplechase), Lauren Leaman (400 hurdles), Mim Stonecipher (pole vault) and Rachel Czulewicz (javelin).

Wesleyan is back in action this weekend, taking a select group to the prestigious Duke Invitational. Several other MEC teams will also be in attendance.


Pictured is Niles Dailey and Austin Gresser competing in the 400 hurdles.

(Photo courtesy of Brian Bergstrom/The Record Delta)