Women First; Men Second at Bethany Invitational

Women First; Men Second at Bethany Invitational

BETHANY -- West Virginia Wesleyan's track and field teams finished high in the 14-team Bethany Invitational on Saturday.

The cold temperatures led to a battle of attrition through the day, but the Bobcats made it through the test.

Wesleyan's women won the team title with 215 points, outdistancing runner-up Wheeling Jesuit.

Wesleyan won four different events on the women's side, led by another NCAA provisional toss from freshman Katie Demi in the javelin. She threw 42.01 to earn the win.

She was complemented by teammate Lauren Cvechko, the reigning league MVP, who garnered victories in the high jump (1.57) and the 100-hurdles (14.89).

Junior Sydney Pineault raced to victory in the 5000 (18:21) and freshman Lauren Leaman, the league leader in the 400-hurdles, raced to the win in that event (67.11).

Wesleyan's men led the meet until the very end, when California (Pa.) rolled to a victory in the 4x400 to snare the comeback win over the Bobcats, 117-115.

Wesleyan produced two event victories; senior Tavaris Anderson, the reigning league MVP on the men's side, won the long jump with a leap of 6.85. He was complemented by fellow senior Niles Dailey, who won the 110-hurdles with a time of 14.75

On Friday night, a small group of Bobcats raced in the prestigious Washington University of St. Louis Distance Carnival.

This event was highlighted by junior Matt Dearth racing to a new school record, posting a 31:18 in the 10,000 meter run. He eclipsed the mark of Bobcat legend Nate Edwards, who had the record for seven years.

This week the Bobcats travel to league rival Glenville State. As of Sunday night, a final decision is pending on possibly postponing the event to Sunday due to the weather forecast.