WVU Varsity Sports Update

Senior Chelsea Carrier has been named West Virginia University's Student-Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Big East Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Carrier won three events in taking the honor for the fifth time this year.

The Buckhannon, W.Va., native was named the meet's Most Outstanding Track Performer after winning three conference titles over the weekend.

Carrier's first title came in the long jump, after becoming the first Mountaineer in school history to win a title in the event in the outdoor season with a personal-best distance of 6.42 meters. The mark also was the longest jump at the Big East Championship since Rutgers' Shameka Marshall jumped 6.47 meters in 2005 and places her second on WVU's all-time list.

She then won the 100-meter hurdles with a stadium record time of 13.07, and the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.48, which marks the best time in the Big East this season.


  • West Virginia University baseball redshirt senior shortstop Grant Buckner was named the Big East Player of the Week for his performance against Cincinnati last week. An Elkview, W.Va., native, Buckner finished the weekend batting 6 for 11 with seven runs, two doubles, one triple, one home run, seven RBIs and three walks. Buckner is currently riding a streak of 40 games in which he has reached base and has reached base in 45 of the season's 46 games. In conference only stats, Buckner is leading the Big East in batting average (.455), hits (35) and doubles (10), while being second in total bases (56) and fourth in runs scored.

    WVU Student-Athletes of the Week

    Week 1: Brandon Rader, r-Sr., Wrestling
    Week 2: Madina Ali, Sr., Women's Basketball
    Week 3: Nicco Campriani, Sr., Rifle
    Week 4: Emily Kerwin, Sr., Gymnastics
    Week 5: Chelsea Carrier, Sr., Track & Field
    Week 6: Amy Bieski, Sr., Gymnastics
    Week 7: Rachael Burnett, So., Swimming & Diving
    Mandie Nugent, So., Swimming & Diving
    Chelsea Carrier, Sr., Track & Field
    Week 8: Nicco Campriani, Sr., Rifle
    Week 9: Hope Sloanhoffer, Fr., Gymnastics
    Week 10: Nicco Campriani, Sr., Rifle
    Week 11: Amy Bieski, Sr., Gymnastics
    Liz Repella, Sr., Women's Basketball
    Week 12: Jared Goldthorpe, So., Men's Swimmiing
    Week 13: Kaylyn Millick, So., Gymnastics
    Week 14: Chelsea Carrier, Sr., Track & Field
    Week 15: Grant Buckner, r-Sr., Baseball
    Week 16: Chelsea Carrier, Sr., Track & Field
    Week 17: Courtney Schrand, Fr., Rowing
    Week 18: Chelsea Carrier, Sr., Track and Field

    This Week in Baseball

    The WVU baseball team will travel to Akron for the final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday at 3 p.m. … the squad will then travel to Pitt for a three-game Big East series from May 13-15 … Friday's game will start at 6 p.m., Saturday's game at 3 p.m. and Sunday's finale begins at noon.

    Last Week in Baseball

    The squad went 2-1 last week, defeating Cincinnati in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader by a score of 11-4 and winning Sunday's series finale, 14-7 … Cincinnati had a come-from-behind effort to win game one 9-4.

    Notes and Quotes

    Redshirt senior Grant Buckner continued his streak of reaching base and is now at 40 consecutive games … Buckner finished the weekend batting 6-for-11 with seven runs, two doubles, one triple, one home run and seven RBIs, as well as three walks … redshirt senior Jeremy Gum was 5-for-9 with three runs a home run and six RBIs … Gum was also hit by two pitches and now is the single-season record holder with 19 hit by pitches this season

    This Week in Rowing

    The West Virginia University rowing team will conclude its spring season on May 13-14, as it travels to Philadelphia, Pa., to compete at the Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River.

    Last Week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers completed their run at the Big East Championship in West Windsor, N.J., with 54 points for a seventh-place finish.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Varsity 8+boat started the day with a third-place finish in heat two of the first Varsity 8+ race ... the boat earned a spot in the Grand Finals, where it finished in sixth place in 7:01.94 ... the Second Varsity 8+ boat finished fourth in heat two, with a time of 7:36.11, but fell behind Villanova in the Petite Finals for a second-place finish ... WVU's Third Varsity 8+ boat fell short in qualifying for the finals, as it finished fourth with a time of 8:29.74 ... the Varsity 4+ crew finished third in heat one of the preliminaries, with a time of 8:33.64 ... the crew crossed the line in 8:12.76, for a sixth-place finish in the Grand Finals ... the Second Varsity 4+ boat of Anna-Claire Bowers, Megan Neckelmann, Mollie Rosen, Kari Roskowinski and coxswain Sarah Cartwright led the Mountaineers, winning a bronze medal in the Grand Finals, with a time of 8:22.32.

    This Week in Track & Field

    The West Virginia University track and field team will prepare for the NCAA Regionals this weekend with a trip to the Gator Invitational on May 14 and the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet on May 16.

    Last Week in Track & Field

    The Mountaineers completed their trip to the 2011 Big East Outdoor Championships with a school-best second-place finish, including five individual titles … senior Chelsea Carrier led the team with three conference championships on her way to being named the meet's Most Outstanding Track Performer … seniors Kate Harrison and April Rotilio also captured Big East titles … Harrison won the first Big East title of her career with a first-place showing in the 10,000-meter run (33:59.84), while Rotilio won the 400-meter dash with a school-record time of 52.71, marking the first time a Mountaineer has won the event since Tameca Williams in 2000.

    Notes and Quotes

    Senior Katelyn Williams posted a third-place showing in the heptathlon with 5,044 total points, while also finishing second in the high jump after clearing 1.79 meters … sophomore Sydney Cummings joined Williams in the high jump with a fifth-place fifth (1.75 meters) … in the 10,000-meter run, the Mountaineers took spots 1-2-4-8, with Harrison in first, followed by junior Sarah-Anne Brault in second (34:04.63), freshman Kaitlyn Gillespie in fourth (34:10.91) and junior Ahna Lewis in eighth (34.50.90) … in other distance events seniors Keri Bland and Kaylyn Christopher led the Mountaineers as Bland placed sixth in the 1,500-meter run (4:27.58) and Christopher finished eighth in the 5,000-meter run (16:43.65) … West Virginia finished the meet with strong showings from its relay teams as the 4x100-meter team finished fourth, the 4x800-meter team finished seventh and the 4x400-meter team finished in third.

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