MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (December 8, 2021) – Ceili McCabe of the West Virginia track and field team was named the Women’s National Athlete of the Week, announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
McCabe was honored following a performance in the 3,000-meter run. She finished in a program-record time of 8:52.52, at the Boston University Sharon Colyera-Danville Season Opener, in Boston, Massachusetts, on Dec. 4.
The British Columbia, Canada native, finished first at the race. Her time made her the eighth-fastest runner in collegiate history.
Megan Metcalfe previously set the WVU school program record in 2005 when she finished the 3,000-meter run in a time of 8:58.17.
This marks the first time in program history that a WVU athlete has been named a USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week.
McCabe was recently named Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year and Big 12 Runner of the Year. McCabe tallied the best finish in Mountaineer history with a third-place finish at the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to 12 collegiate cross country athletes, when applicable (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and the NJCAA).
Nominations are open to the public. Coaches and sports information directors are encouraged to nominate their student-athletes; as are student-athletes, their families and friends, and fans of their programs.
The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors will also play a role in the decision.
Next up for the Mountaineers is the annual Marty Pushkin Open in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Saturday, Jan. 15.
Press Release: WVU Athletic Department