Cvechko Finishes 13th Nationally at the NCAA Track and Field Championships

Cvechko Finishes 13th Nationally at the NCAA Track and Field Championships

BRADENTON, Fla. - West Virginia Wesleyan senior Lauren Cvechko closed her college career last week at the NCAA Division II National Track & Field Championships, placing 13th in the heptathlon.

The Buckhannon native scored 4814 points, finishing just six points behind 12th place Ashley Dendy of Angelo St.

 Emilyn Dearman of Pittsburg State won the event with 5625 points.

Cvechko entered the meet ranked 15th in the heptathlon, and moved up two spots at the meet. She placed in the top ten in three of the hep events individually, taking fourth in both the shot put and the javelin, and snagged an eighth in the long jump.

Cvechko was a two-time league MVP for the Mountain East Conference, and holds six West Virginia Wesleyan school records. She is the only female (MEC or WVIAC) to ever score over 5000 points in the multi.

Cvechko was joined in Bradenton by a fellow MEC performer, pole vaulter Anna Massa of Wheeling Jesuit. Similar to Cvechko, Massa jumped in the rankings with her vault, moving from a ninth seed to a sixth place finish.

"I feel that those two athletes did a great job of representing the MEC on the National stage," Wesleyan head coach Jesse Skiles said. "The national events are the highlights of every season, and for Lauren, it was a nice finish to an outstanding Bobcat career."