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Jackson, Constantine, McCabe and Keane Named WVU Student-Athletes of the Week

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Mar. 1, 2021) – Following a school-best DMR first-place finish, redshirt junior Hayley Jackson, junior Tessa Constantine, redshirt freshman Ceili McCabe and freshman Jo-Lauren Keane of the West Virginia University track and field team have been named the WVU Student-Athletes of the Week, presented by University Apartments.  

The West Virginia DMR team made history with its first women’s DMR title, relying on McCabe to rally the Mountaineers from third place to edge Oklahoma State by an 11:21.35 to 11:21.42 margin.  

Jackson, a native of Lusby, Maryland, opened the race for the Mountaineers and finished with a 1200-meter time of 3:27.25. She passed the baton on to the Sydney, Australia, native, Constantine, who finished her 400-meter relay in a time of 56.57.  

Jo-Lauren Keane, a native of Corofun, Co. Clare, Ireland, was up next and finished her 800-meter relay in 2:14.05. Finally, the Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, native, McCabe, completed the race out for the Mountaineers with a 1600-meter time of 4:43.50 at the last stretch. 

This Week in Gymnastics: West Virginia (0-5, 0-5) remains on the road this week, as the squad heads to Ames, Iowa, for its final Big 12 Conference meet of the season against Iowa State (2-2, 2-1) on Monday, March 1 … Monday’s meet is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, inside the Hilton Coliseum, and will be carried live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, the conference’s digital platform.  

Last Week in Gymnastics: WVU was off last week. 

Notes: The Mountaineers are looking for their first conference regular season win since Feb. 26, 2017, when West Virginia defeated Iowa State by a score of 195.95-195.725, in Morgantown … WVU is 6-12-1 all-time against ISU … the two squads met earlier this month, with Iowa State earning the 196.125-195.175 victory on Feb. 7, at the WVU Coliseum, in Morgantown … the Mountaineers finished second to the Cyclones on every event but floor exercise and ended the meet with seven podium finishes, including a tie for first on two events … following her balance beam performance at Denver on Feb. 21, freshman Chloe Asper was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week … Asper owns the seventh-highest beam average in the Big 12 with a 9.85 … she also is tied at No. 38 nationally …. in last week’s Road to Nationals Rankings, the Mountaineers moved up one spot to No. 19 on floor thanks to a 49.100 season average … West Virginia sits just outside the top 25 on beam, moving up two spots to No. 26 with a season average of 48.815 … WVU also sits at No. 36 on uneven bars (48.540 avg.) and No. 40 on vault (48.665 avg.) … additionally, the Mountaineers come in at No. 32 (195.120 avg.) nationally despite improving their overall season average … twelve Mountaineers have competed in at least one meet this season, with nine gymnasts reaching the podium … sophomore Emily Holmes-Hackerd paces the team with 172.525 season points, followed by classmate Kianna Yancey with 155.075. 

This Week in Rifle: West Virginia is off this week … the Mountaineers now look ahead to the 2021 NCAA Rifle Championships on Mar. 12-13, at The Ohio State University, in Columbus. 

Last Week in Rifle: The No. 4-ranked West Virginia University rifle team took the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) Championship crown on Sunday with a two-day score of 4727, shot in a virtual match, in Morgantown … the West Virginia University rifle squad stood in first place after one day of competition with a 2346 smallbore score on Saturday … the Mountaineers took the GARC Crown after shooting a 2381 air rifle on Sunday … on day one, freshman Tal Engler placed second overall with a score of 590 (198 kneeling, 198 prone, 194 standing) … juniors Jared Eddy (195 kneeling, 197 prone, 197 standing) and Verena Zaisberger (195 kneeling, 200 prone, 193 standing) rounded out the Mountaineers top five with a fourth- (589) and fifth- (588) place performance, respectively … freshman Molly McGhin,sophomore Malori Brown and senior Sarah Osborn finished in seventh with matching 584s … they were followed by sophomore Akihito Shimizu who placed eighth with a 583 mark … freshman Becca Lamb shot a 579, good for 11th place, while freshman Matt Sanchez and sophomore Calista Smoyer tied for 13th with matching 577s to complete day one of competition … Eddy finished the weekend with the championship’s second-best combined score, earning 589 (195 kneeling, 197 prone, 197 standing) smallbore and 597 (100-99-99-99-100-100) air rifle for an aggregate score of 1186 … Zaisberger earned the championship third-best combined score, 588 (195 kneeling, 200 prone, 193 standing) smallbore and 598 (100-100-100-100-100-98) air rifle for an aggregate score of 1186 … Smoyer took first place in this afternoon’s air rifle competition, earning a 598 with 51 centers (100-100-98-100-100-100) mark … Smoyer was followed by Zaisberger (598 with 47 centers) in second place and Eddy (597 with 53 centers) in third place … Sanchez (100-100-99-100-99-99) tied for fourth place in air rifle with Kentucky’s Mary Tucker and Ole Miss Lea Horvath with matching 597s … additionally, Engler (593), McGhin (593), Shimizu (592), Brown (590), Osborn (590) and Lamb (587) also shot in Sunday’s competition.

Notes: Five Mountaineers counted toward the team’s score in the GARC Championships – Eddy, Engler, McGhin, Shimizu and Smoyer … Zaisberger shot a career high in smallbore and shot particularly strong in prone, matching the program record with a perfect 200 and tied her air rifle personal best … Eddy’s air rifle total was a personal best … Smoyer’s air rifle (596) total tied a personal best … nine shooters earned a combined 21 All-GARC honors. 

This Week in Swimming and Diving: The Mountaineers continue action at the 2021 Big 12 Championship, as the diving portion of the competition takes place March 1-3, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, in Austin, Texas … prelim action is slated for 11 a.m. ET each day, before finals get underway at 7 p.m. … finals sessions will be carried live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ each night. 

Last Week in Swimming and Diving: West Virginia’s men’s and women’s swimming teams opened competition at the Big 12 Championship on Feb. 24-27 … the Mountaineers opened the week with relay competition on Wednesday, as the men’s team earned a come-from-behind, second-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay to secure the first medals of the week for WVU … on Thursday, 13 Mountaineers made appearances in A finals, paced by four men in the 500 free championship final … freshman Jordan Buechler paced the women’s team with a fifth-place finish in the 200 individual medley, notching the third-best time in program history in the event with a 2:01.15 … the women’s 200 free relay team led the way on Thursday, earning a silver medal in school-record time, touching the wall in 1:31.05 …. sophomore Emily Haimes also earned a bronze medal in the 100 butterfly (54.13) … on the final night of swimming events, freshman William Mullen and senior David Dixon secured a pair of solo bronze medals in the 1650 freestyle (15:33.51) and 200 butterfly (1:42.75), respectively. 

Notes: Following the conclusion of swimming events on Saturday, the Mountaineers tallied 10 total medals, including four silver medals in relay events … the women’s 200 freestyle relay team’s school record of 1:31.05 bested the previous record of 1:31.45, set in 2019 … heading into the diving portion of the Big 12 Championship, the women’s team currently sits in fifth place with 421 points, while the men’s team is third with 661 … on tap for the diving teams this week will be the men’s 1-meter and women’s 3-meter competitions on Monday, before action flips to the men’s 3-meter and women’s 1-meter on Tuesday … the 2021 Big 12 Championship concludes on Wednesday with the men’s and women’s platform competitions. 

This Week in Women’s Basketball: West Virginia travels to Kansas State on Wednesday, March 3 … Wednesday’s contest against the Wildcats is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET, at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas … the game will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, with Brian Smoller and Missy Heidrick on the call. 

Last Week in Women’s Basketball: WVU split a pair of Big 12 road contests last week … the Mountaineers began their week with a 85-68 loss to Iowa State on Feb. 24, at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa … West Virginia was led by senior guard Kysre Gondrezick once again, who tallied a team-high 19 points at ISU … sophomore guards Kirsten Deans (14 points) and Jayla Hemingway (12 points) also finished in double figures in the loss, while sophomore forward Esmery Martinez led the team with 10 rebounds in the game … the Mountaineers bounced back on Feb. 27, as the team defeated Kansas, 72-68, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, to conclude its two-game road trip … Gondrezick led the team in scoring once again, with 25 points, while Deans also finished in double figures, with 12 points … Martinez netted her 12th double-double of the season at KU, with 14 points and a career-high 24 rebounds … Martinez recorded the most rebounds by a Mountaineer in a single game since Lanay Mountgomery in 2015 against Temple (24) … the mark also is tied for the most rebounds by a player under head coach Mike Carey. 

Notes: West Virginia is 139-93 against its 2020-21 opponents, including 105-80 against members of the Big 12 Conference … with Saturday’s win at KU, West Virginia has now won 18 or more games for the first time since 2018-19 … twelve of those wins have come in the Big 12 this year, WVU’s most conference victories since the 2015-16 season (12) … WVU’s 12 league wins are tied for the second-most since joining the conference in 2012-13 … WVU is 8-2 over its last 10 games … West Virginia has only allowed one opponent to score 80 or more points this season … the Mountaineers are one of 19 teams nationally and two teams in the Big 12 who has 18 or more wins this season … Gondrezick currently leads the Mountaineers in scoring, with a total of 440 points and an average of 21.0 per game … Martinez is pacing WVU in the rebounding department this season, with 265 rebounds and 12.0 boards per game … she also has tallied a double-double in 12 games this season, including a streak of seven consecutive games between Dec. 13-Jan. 16 … Martinez and Deans also are averaging double figures for WVU this season, at 13.5 points per game each … junior forward Kari Niblack leads the team in shooting percentage, at 53.9%, and also holds the lead in blocks (40). 

This Week in Wrestling: West Virginia travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the 2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championship on March 6-7 … action starts Saturday with preliminary and quarterfinal rounds set for a noon ET start … the semifinals and consolation quarterfinals will take place at 6 p.m. ET that evening … the consolation semifinals, as well as the third- and fifth-place matches will start at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, with the championship matches set for 6 p.m. ET … the first three sessions of the championship will be distributed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, the conference’s digital platform, while the championship matches will be televised live on ESPN2 … all matches from the championship also will be available on the ESPN App. 

Last Week in Wrestling: WVU was off last week.  

Notes: The Mountaineers finished their regular season with a 7-3 overall mark and a 3-2 record in Big 12 action … WVU ended the year ranked No. 22 in Intermat and FloWrestling’s final Dual Meet Rankings of the season … the Big 12 Conference was awarded 45 automatic qualifying spots for the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, tied for second most with the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) … six weight classes (125, 133, 149, 165, 197 and HWT) will qualify the top-five finishers at the conference championship – the most of any weight classes … additionally, four Mountaineers rank in the top 33 of their respective weights in the second NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings, released on Feb. 25: No. 6 Noah Adams, No. 16 Ryan Sullivan, No. 20 Peyton Hall and No. 22 Killian Cardinale … Adams, the reigning Big 12 Champion at 197 pounds, and Hall are tied for the team lead in wins with 10 … the duo also is 3-2 against ranked opponents this season. 

This Week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers closed out their indoor track season at the Big 12 Championship on Feb. 26-27… West Virginia now prepares to open the outdoor season later this month. 

Last Week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers distance medley relay team led the way with a first-place finish, as the team of redshirt junior Hayley Jackson, junior Tessa Constantine, redshirt freshman Ceili McCabe and freshman Jo-Lauren Keane crossed the finish line in a time of 11:21.35 to claim the Mountaineers first individual Big 12 title since joining the conference in 2012 … sophomore Erica Hegele opened the meet on Friday for WVU in the women’s pentathlon … she earned a 10th-place finish in the event, earning 3,199 points … she placed ninth in the 60-meter hurdle competition (9.32 meters), 11th in high jump (1.43 meters), sixth in shot put (10.72 meters), 10th in long jump (4.93 meters) and seventh in the 1000-meter race (2:29.90) … junior Sada Wright competed in the women’s weight throw, recording a mark of 17.55 meters for 11th place … later on, WVU saw junior Mikenna Vanderheyden place fifth in the Women’s 1000-meter race, earning a time of 2:52.73 … Keane made her Big 12 Championship debut finishing in eighth place in the Women’s 800-meter race with a time of 2:11.87. … from there, redshirt senior Antigone Archer took 10th place in the women’s 5,000 meters … Archer finished in a time of 17:54.36 … the Mountaineer’s opened day two with the women’s mile … Jackson led the way for WVU placing second with a finishing time of 4:57.10 … up next, WVU participated in the women’s 1,000-meter race, where Vanderheyden placed third with a time of 2:48.16 and freshman Abigale Mullings placed ninth in high jump with a height of 1.71 meter … a  trio of Mountaineers participated in the women’s 3,000-meter race … McCabe finished in second place with a time of 9:25.32 … she was followed by junior Katherine Dowie (10:04.30) and senior Marianne Abdalah (10:35.69), who placed 11th and 20th, respectively … the day ended with the 4×400 meter relay where the team of Constantine, redshirt sophomore Amber Dombrowski, freshman Lilly McMullen and Keane placed 10th with a time of 3:52.27. 

Notes: After finishing in eighth place with 34 points, the Mountaineers brought home eight All-Big 12 performances this weekend … Sunday marked the final meet for the indoor track and field team … McCabe’s second-place finish in the 3,000-meter race with a time of 9:25.32 ranks second in the Big 12 and 33rd in in NCAA in the event. 

This Week in Baseball: The Mountaineers return to Morgantown for their home-opening series against Kent State from March 5-7, at Monongalia County Ballpark … Friday’s home opener is slated to begin at 3 p.m. ET, followed by a 3 p.m., start on Saturday … Sunday’s series finale will begin at 1 p.m. … the series begins a 15-game homestand for WVU, which covers the entire month of March. 

Last Week in Baseball: WVU (4-3) took two of three games at the CCU Baseball Tournament, from Feb. 26-28, in Conway, South Carolina … the Mountaineers topped Kennesaw State, 13-3, on Feb. 26, before falling to event host Coastal Carolina, 10-5, on Feb. 27 … West Virginia closed the weekend with a 9-7, come-from-behind win over Bryant on Feb. 28 … against the Owls, senior left-handed pitcher Jackson Wolf threw seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits and striking out four in a winning effort … WVU hit three home runs against Kennesaw State in the 10-run victory …  in all, nine players scored a run and six registered at least one RBI against KSU … against Coastal, a back-and-forth contest that saw four lead changes and three ties ended with five unanswered runs by the Chanticleers … freshman infielder Nathan Blasick was the hero in WVU’s come-from-behind win over Bryant to close the weekend … trailing by a run with two outs in the ninth, Blasick stepped in as a pinch hitter and hit a three-run home run – the first of his career – to put the Mountaineers in front … it was part of a four-run ninth inning for West Virginia … sophomore right-hander Jacob Watters earned the win against the Bulldogs, while sophomore righty Skylar Gonzalez registered the save … the Mountaineers combined to hit six home runs in the victory.  

Notes: West Virginia trails Kent State, 20-15, in the all-time series, which dates back to 1950 … the Mountaineers no-hit the Golden Flashes in an 8-0 win on March 4, 2020, in Morgantown … it marked the first no-no in Monongalia County Ballpark history and the first by the Mountaineers since 2002 … WVU’s 15-game homestand would be the longest since 2008, and it would tie for the third-longest in program history … West Virginia checked in at No. 23 in last week’s Top 25, as well as No. 27 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top 30 poll … WVU finished 4-3 in February, marking the fifth time in the last six seasons the Mountaineers have closed the season’s opening month with a winning record … fifth-year senior infielder Kevin Brophy hit three home runs at the CCU Baseball Tournament … in eight career games, the Randolph, New Jersey, native is hitting .333 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs at Springs Brooks Stadium in Conway, South Carolina … WVU’s six home runs against Bryant were the most since June 2, 2017, against Maryland in the NCAA Tournament Winston-Salem Regional … Wolf has allowed just one earned run in 12.0 innings of work to begin the year … sophomore outfielder Victor Scott finished 7-for-12 (.583) at the CCU Baseball Tournament … he added two homers, two doubles, five RBIs and a stolen base.  

This Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers begin conference play and open their home slate on Saturday, March 6, playing host to Northern Illinois … kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is set for noon ET … live coverage of Saturday’s home opener is available on ESPN+. 

Last Week in Men’s Soccer: West Virginia opened the 2021 spring season and began the Dan Stratford era with a 3-0 win at Charlotte on Friday, Feb. 26 … junior Tony Pineda led the squad with a pair of goals against the 49ers, while freshman Bjarne Thiesen scored on a penalty kick to notch his first goal as a Mountaineer … Pineda’s first goal of the contest came in the fourth minute, as he took a cross from freshman Jesus De Vicente and bounced the ball off the Charlotte keeper’s glove and into the back of the net … West Virginia took a 2-0 lead in the 31st minute after Charlotte was called for a foul inside the box, and Thiesen sent the penalty kick to the upper left corner to score in his WVU debut … just minutes later, Pineda found the back of the net for the second time after drawing Charlotte’s keeper out of the goal mouth, bounding the ball into the net to give WVU a 3-0 lead in the 36th minute … senior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky and the Mountaineer back line earned the first clean sheet of the season, as Tekesky recorded three saves in the win. 

Notes: Pineda leads the team with two goals and four points on the season … the Statesville, North Carolina, native scored his first career game-winner with his goal in the fourth minute on Friday … with the 15th shutout of his career on Friday, Tekesky now moves into a tie for fifth all-time in program history … nine players made their Mountaineer debuts at Charlotte, while Thiesen scored his first goal for WVU and De Vicente and junior Elijah Borneo recorded their first Mountaineer assists. 

This Week in Golf: The Mountaineers are idle until the George Hannon Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas, on March 15-16. 

Last Week in Golf: Senior Mark Goetz finished 6-under-par and tied for sixth place on the individual leaderboard to lead the Mountaineer golf team at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Florida … the Greensburg, Pennsylvania, native shot 1-under-par on Sunday to post a three-day score of 72-67-71=210 … he recorded 18 birdies during the 54-hole tournament to tie his second lowest three-day total of his Mountaineer career … Goetz’s 67 round on Saturday matched his season-best score of the abbreviated 2019-20 season … sophomore Trent Tipton shot even par in the final round to finish at 6-over-par with rounds of 77-73-72=222 … the Orient, Ohio, native finished tied for 39th place … junior Kurtis Grant finished with rounds of 74-69-81=224, while senior Logan Perkins (78-69-80=227) and freshman Jackson Davenport (77-73-77=227) rounded out the Mountaineers’ scoring … West Virginia finished the tournament with rounds of 300-278-300=878 … WVU’s 10-under-par round on Saturday tied for the eighth-best round in school history … WVU finished tied for 10th place in its second spring tournament of the season … the tournament was played at the par-72, 6,695-yard Golden Eagle Country Club. 

Notes: WVU shot the eighth-best round in school history with a 10-under-par day in the second round of the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Florida … WVU’s 10-under-par score for round two was three shots shy of the school record, and it was the second-lowest score of the day behind No. 1 Oklahoma’s 12-under round. 

This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers return to the court for a pair of matches this week … WVU begins the week on Wednesday, March 3, as the team travels to 

Youngstown State … first serve is scheduled 1 p.m. ET, from the YSU Indoor Tennis Center in Youngstown, Ohio … West Virginia then returns to Morgantown, on 

Friday, March 5, to play host to VCU … the contest is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., at the Summit Tennis Academy, in Morgantown. Friday, March 5, to play host to VCU … the contest is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., at the Summit Tennis Academy in Morgantown.  

Last Week in Tennis: West Virginia was off last week. 

Notes: WVU coach Miha Lisac is in his eighth season as the Mountaineers’ head coach … during his time in Morgantown, Lisac has amassed 47 victories and has 

109 career wins … the 2020-21 squad is made of up of two seniors, two juniors and three freshmen … Hunter Bleser, a graduate transfer from Virginia, and Anne- 

Sophie Courteau make up the senior class for West Virginia … Courteau leads the team in career wins (87), singles wins (44) and doubles wins (42) … this season six 

Mountaineers have one singles win this season and four have one doubles win. 

This Week in Women’s Soccer: The Mountaineers return to regular-season action by traveling to Saint Joseph’s on Sunday, March 7 … kickoff at Sean Sweeney Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is set for 1 p.m. ET. 

Last Fall in Women’s Soccer: WVU earned a 7-2 mark in its conference-only slate last fall … the squad fell at No. 3 TCU, 1-0, in its fall finale on Nov. 6, in Fort Worth, Texas … six players were honored by the Big 12, including junior defender and 2020-21 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List selection Jordan Brewster, the conference’s defensive player of the year … Brewster, senior midfielder Stefany Ferrer-van Ginkel and junior forward Alina Stahl were named to the All-Big 12 First Team, while redshirt junior forward Lauren Segalla and sophomore defender Nicole Payne earned All-Big 12 Second Team nods … additionally, freshman midfielder Lilly McCarthy was named to the conference’s All-Freshman Team … in the classroom, a program-record 13 student-athletes were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Soccer First Team. 

Notes: WVU is set to meet St. Joseph’s for the first time in program history on Sunday … West Virginia is set to play four regular-season matches this spring, leading up to the NCAA Tournament in April … the Mountaineers are coming off a 3-0, exhibition win over Akron on Feb. 28, at the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility in Morgantown … West Virginia finished at No. 4 in the United Soccer Coaches National Poll last fall and was included in the top 10 in all 10 editions of the poll, including five times in the top five … this spring, the Mountaineers sit at No. 10 in the latest national poll … Ferrer-van Ginkel led WVU in scoring last fall with 13 points (6G, 1A) … Stahl (3), sophomore forward Enzi Broussard (2) and sophomore forward/defender Julianne Vallerand (2) also scored multiple goals during the fall 2020 campaign … on Jan. 28, Brewster was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List … with the honor, at least one Mountaineer has been named to the award’s watch list in each of the last 10 seasons. 

Press Release Courtesy of West Virginia University Athletics Communications

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