Track and Field Teams Start Strong at MEC Championships

Track and Field Teams Start Strong at MEC Championships

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's and women's track and field teams are off to a solid start after day one of the MEC Track and Field Championships held on the Wesleyan campus.

On the men's side, Alan Crise brought home the lone title on day one in the javelin with a throw of 48.74 meters.

Wesleyan picked up 24 points in the event as Hunter LeMasters took second with a heave of 48.38 meters and Alex Moss was eighth with a toss of 43.51 meters.

Isaac Johnson took second in the hammer throw with a toss of 47.51 meters while Dylon Rippeto took fifth with a heave of 44.53 meters.

In the long jump, Tavaris Anderson finished third with a leap of 7.13 meters while teammate Marcus Lofton was seventh with leap of 6.68 meters.

Matt Dearth ran third in the 10,000 meters with a time of 32:11.50.

On the women's side, Wesleyan took the top six positions in the javelin.

Rachel Czulewicz was first (41.88 meters), Abby Buchan was second (40.94m), Katie Demi was third (38.19m) Audrey Barber was fourth (35.34m), Lauren Cvechko was fifth (34.95m) and Andrea Paterra was sixth (34.64m).

The Lady Bobcats were equally as strong in the high jump as Cvechko took first with a jump of 1.63m while Joy Price was third (1.60m), Lauren Leaman was fourth (1.55m) Anja Beckmann was sixth (1.50m) Savannah Teter was seventh (1.45m) and Zoei Kirk was eighth (1.45m).

Cvechko picked up her second win of the day as she took first in the long jump at 5.53 meters while teammate Beckmann was fifth with a leap of 5.15m and Ali Allen was seventh with a 5.07m.

In the 10,000 meter run, Wesleyan amassed 19 points.

Joie Johnston was second (40:12.70), Rachel Pinto was third (41:18.90) and Rachael Englund was fourth (41:38.90).

In the hammer throw, Wheeling Jesuit took the top six spots while Wesleyan's Lauren Crimm was seventh with a toss of 36.58 meters.

The pole vault was suspended due to weather. It will be resumed on Sunday. 

The MEC Championships will resume Saturday at 12:30 p.m.