MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (February 5, 2021) – The West Virginia University cross country team finished in 6th place in the Garnet Women’s 6000-meter race, at the FSU Winter XC Classic, hosted by Florida State University, at Apalachee Regional Park, in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday.
Friday’s meet at Florida State featured two women’s races, and each team was permitted to run seven girls in the Garnet race, with the remainder in the Gold race.
“I am very proud of how the team competed today,” Sean Cleary said. “A lot was riding on today’s performance. In that, the 2020-21 cross country season was riding on today’s performance. After a very strong Big 12 meet in the fall and another very good run today, we find ourselves with a shot at competing in the NCAA Finals in March. Time will tell.”
The day began with the Garnet 6000-meter race. Sophomore Ceili McCabe was the first Mountaineer to cross the finish line with a 6k time of 20:31.2 in 8th place. McCabe was followed by senior Hayley Jackson who took 27th in 20:53.5.
Redshirt sophomore Katherine Dowie completed the Seminoles’ home course in 21:24.2, good for 45th place, while redshirt senior Antigone Archer finished in 50th with a time of 21:29.5.
Redshirt sophomore Mikenna Vanderheyden and freshman Petal Palmer finished in 76th (21:53.4 )and125th (23.29.7), respectively.
Additionally, freshman Megan Weaver competed in the Gold Women’s 6000-meter race, finishing with a time of 23:28.0, good for 38th place.
“Ceili had a great race today,” Cleary said. “This was the most competitive race of her young career. I felt she handled it externally well. It was nice to see Hayley rounding back into good shape. This will be a nice confidence boost for her and the team.”
In the team’s first-time racing in the FSU Winter XC Classic, the Mountaineers captured 6th place in the Garnet Women’s 6000m with 200 points. Colorado took first place with 72 points, followed by Stanford in second with 77. Duke (128), Oklahoma State (181) and Iowa State (189) rounded out the top five.
Friday’s field featured 126 runners in the Garnet race and 90 in the Gold race. A total of 18 schools competed in the event.
This was the first meet for the Mountaineers since the Big 12 Championship, where West Virginia placed 3rd overall, at Rim Rock Farm, in Lawrence, Kansas.
“This is such a unique year with both indoor track and cross country being conducted at the same time,” Cleary said. “We are very grateful for having these opportunities.”
Press Release Courtesy of West Virginia University Athletics Communications