West Virginia's women's track program heads the bottom quartet of our rankings, coming in with a 4.75 overall score. Our panel evaluated the success of the program fairly equally, with some of the All-American performances of the recent past helping boost it past the wrestling program in our overall evaluation.
Will hoped-for renovations of the Shell Building, including a permanent 200-meter banked track and improved weight rooms, help the Mountaineers rise in the future? That's half of the picture, but a total makeover or a new outdoor track facility will be necessary for WVU to be competitive in the upper half of the Big 12 conference.
Greg Hunter: (12th) Though West Virginia has long fielded a strong women's cross country team, it has never really used that as the foundation for an above average track & field program. The Mountaineers have had some individual success stories in track (Pat Itanyi, Kate Vermeulen, Marie-Louise Asselin, Chelsea Carrier, etc.), but really has never been a factor on the national scene as a team. In its two seasons in the Big 12, WVU finished last among the 10 women's track programs in the league at both the conference indoor championship meets, while it was ninth in the outdoor championship this past year and eighth the year before. The facilities for West Virginia's women's track athletes (the Shell Buildings for indoor work and the outdoor track beside it) are functional but far from top notch.
Matt Keller: (11th) Women's track saw a few NCAA qualifiers and resulting All American performances, but that hasn't been enough to boost the team into a competitive slot in the Big 12 conference or on the national scene.
Michael Carvelli: (13th) Sean Cleary's track and field ladies have shown they can be successful without the best facilities in place. The Mountaineers recently sent five members of the team to NCAA qualifiers, which is not bad at all. While WVU has excelled in distance running, it has shown that it can emerge in some other key events as well with athletes like Stormy Nesbit and Chene Townsend helping lead the way.
Kevin Kinder: (13th) Saddled with abysmal facilities, the women's track team does get quality performances on the national scale from a few of its members annually, which boosts it above some other Mountaineer programs. However, low finishes in conference competition as a team keep it in the bottom quarter of my evaluation.
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