WVU Varsity Sports Update

West Virginia University track and field athlete Clara Gradnt has been named WVU Athlete of the Week after her performance at the Big East Outdoor Track and Field Championship this past weekend in Philadelphia, Pa.

Grandt took the 5,000- meter title with a time of 16:07.55. Grandt's time is the second-best in school history, behind only All-American Megan Metcalfe (15:47.64 in 2005). Her performance helped WVU to a 7th-place finish with 50 total points. Louisville won the team title with 138 points. Connecticut was runner-up with 102 points. Georgetown placed third with 91 points, while Notre Dame finished with 85.5 points for fourth place. Host Villanova came in fifth with 80 points.

With WVU's Big East Championship finishes this year, the team averages the fourth-best program in the 16-team field. The Mountaineers cross country team placed second in the event's championship race earlier this year, while the indoor track team tied for fifth place at the conference meet in February.


This Week in Baseball

The West Virginia University baseball team plays a crucial three-game series against Cincinnati on May 9-10 at Hawley Field … a doubleheader is set for Saturday with first pitch set for 3 p.m. … Sunday's contest is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Baseball

WVU finished 3-2 last week after defeating Morehead State and taking two of three from Rutgers over the weekend … the Mountaineers defeated Morehead State, 8-1, on Tuesday evening but fell to Maryland, 8-7, on Wednesday … WVU finished strong by outscoring Rutgers, 29-16, over the weekend in a three-game set.

Notes & Quotes

The Mountaineers sit alone in fourth place in the conference standings, just one game behind third-place St. John's … WVU is in position to lock up its first top-four seed in the conference tournament since 2003, when it was a No. 2 seed … Vince Belnome is just two hits shy of joining the 200-hit club in just three seasons, while Justin Parks and Austin Markel trail with 195 apiece … WVU's series win over Rutgers was its first since defeating the Scarlet Knights in two of three games in 2005 … WVU continues to lead the Big East in several offensive categories, including batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs, doubles and home runs … WVU is also second to Louisville in overall wins with 31 … the Mountaineers are just six games shy of breaking the school record for most regular season wins, held by the 1998 squad with 36 … Dan DiBartolomeo (.417), Belnome (.410), Jedd Gyorko (.395) and Justin Parks (.385) are all in the top ten in the Big East in batting average … Gyorko also leads the conference with 24 doubles … starter Jarryd Summers is tied with Louisville's Justin Marks for first in the Big East with seven wins … WVU will try to snap a five-game losing streak this weekend against Cincinnati, which defeated the Mountaineers four straight times in 2008 … Sunday's 1 p.m. game against Cincinnati is "Senior Day," as Justin Parks, Austin Markel, Joe Agreste and Bobby Thompson will be honored prior to the game.


This Week in Rowing

The WVU rowing team is set to complete its 2009 season with a trip to the Dad Vail Regatta on May 8-9, on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pa.

Last Week in Rowing

The Mountaineers finished eighth with 38 points at the 2009 Big East Rowing Championships, on April 25, at Cooper River Park, in Pennsauken, N.J. … WVU finished fifth overall in the Novice 8 Grand Final with a time of 7:21.641, behind fourth-place Rutgers (7:18.837) and ahead of sixth-place Villanova (7:23.201) … Syracuse won the race with a time of 7:01.713 … WVU finished sixth in the Varsity 4 Grand Final, clocking in at 8:31.04 … Notre Dame finished ahead of the pack, winning the race with a time of 7:36.622 … the Mountaineers finished on top in a head-tohead Varsity 8 Petite Final with Villanova, edging the Wildcats, 6:59.591 to 7:03.464.

Notes and Quotes

The team's finish matches WVU's from the 2008 season, though the Mountaineers earned 10 more points at this year's championships racing in the same three events as they did one year ago … the Fighting Irish won their sixth-straight conference title with 112 points … the Orange finished second with 97 points, while Louisville took third with 92 points.


This Week in Track and Field

The team will compete in the WJU Cardinal Twilight on May 9, in Wheeling, W.Va.

Last Week in Track and Field

The Mountaineers finished seventh with 50 total points at the Big East Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend ... Louisville won the team title with 138 points … Clara Grandt took the 5,000- meter title, while Chelsea Carrier shared the 100-meter hurdle title … Grandt finished with a time of 16:07.55 ... freshman Ahna Lewis and Sarah-Anne Brault posted NCAA regional qualifying times in the event; Lewis placed fifth with the time of 16:37. 26, followed by Brault who placed eighth (16:44.73) … ophomore Brooke Boening finished 15th with a time of 17:27.41 … Grandt's time is the second-best in school history, only behind All-American Megan Metcalfe's 15:47.64 set in 2005. Carrier shared the title in the 100-meter hurdle race, posting a time of 13.59 … She shared the first-place finish with Mycaiah Clemons of Pitt … this is Carrier's second-consecutive title in the event … the 4x100-meter relay team of Kyllie Bebout, April Rotilio, Carrier and Brittany Hohn finished fifth in 3:47.37 … the 4x400-meter relay team placed sixth with a time of 3:47.37 with the team of Jordann Mitchell, Carrier, Hohn and Rotilio … Marie-Louise Asselin placed second in the 10,000-meter race (34:14.54), while Jessica O'Connell took eighth in the 1,500-meter event (4:27.20) … Rotilio finished sixth in the 400-meter dash (54.91), and Karly Hamric took seventh-place in the 800-meter with a time of 2:11.50 … Alison Spiker took 11th-place in the 3,000-meter steeple chase (11:00.2) followed by teammate Kate Harrison who placed 18th (11:15.1) … in the field events, Katelyn Williams finished in 10th-place clearing 1.60-meters in the high jump event followed by teammate Natasha Redman who placed 13th after clearing the same distance on her third try.

Notes & Quotes

With WVU's Big East Championship finishes this year, the team averages the fourth-best program in the 16- team field. The Mountaineers cross country team placed second in the event's championship race earlier this year, while the indoor track team tied for fifth place at the conference meet in February.


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