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WVU Heads to Big 12 Championship For XC

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 29, 2020) – The West Virginia University cross country team travels to Lawrence, Kansas, for the 2020 Big 12 Championship, on Friday, Oct. 30.

The women’s championship 6k race is tabbed for 10 a.m. CT. The University of Kansas will play host at Rim Rock Farm. The top runners from all 10 Big 12 institutions will compete, with the top-15 finishers from the race earning All-Big 12 honors.  This year’s broadcast will be tape delayed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. The broadcast will be available later in the day on Friday, Oct. 30. Live results from the meet available at

“This trip marks the first time in eight months that we will travel by plane to compete,” WVU coach Sean Cleary said. “As we do so, I feel very grateful and relieved for this opportunity. From our medical staff to the President of the University and all in between, we are grateful for every minute of time and commitment they have delivered to allow for our team to be in a position to line up on Friday.   “We have trained well both prior to school reopening and throughout the fall. We have had a few concerns over the last few weeks, as I am sure most teams have had but we appear to be back in place to feel confident on the line. I have total faith that we will find a way to race as we have trained and return home proud of the results.”

The Jayhawks serve as the host of the conference meet for the first time since 2014. The Mountaineers earned a second-place finish just behind Iowa State. 

At the 2019 Big 12 Championship, the Mountaineers finished in third place as a team with 56 points hosted by Baylor University in Waco, Texas at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.  Candace Archer led the charge for WVU, crossing the finish line in a 6k time of 20:46.8 landing seventh. Olivia Hill and Hayley Jackson also placed inside the top-10, as the duo collected ninth (20:54.7) and 10th (20:55.8), respectively.

Ceili McCabe was the next Mountaineer finisher with a time of 21:03.9. McCabe finished 13th and was the first freshman runner to cross the line at the conference meet. Archer, Hill, Jackson and McCabe collected All-Big 12 honors after finishing inside the top-15.

WVU’s best finish at the Big 12 Championship came when the Mountaineers finished second as a team in 2013 and 2014. The team is seeking its third conference championship in program history, after previously collecting the Big East Championship in 2007 and the Atlantic 10 title in 1994.

West Virginia’s last individual conference champion was former All-American Marie Louise Asselin, who finished first in the Big East Championship in 2008. In 1991, Vicki Sum won the Atlantic 10 Championship race.

The last time out, the Mountaineers placed first versus Pittsburgh at Youthtowne cross country course on Friday, Oct. 16, in Clinton, Pennsylvania. Redshirt sophomore Katherine Dowie paced the Mountaineers with a first-place finish. In her first race of the season. The Victoria, Australia, native crossed Pittsburgh’s finish line in a 5k time of 17:58.1. Junior Charlotte Wood finished close behind in second with a time of 18:09.2.

Redshirt senior Antigone Archer and redshirt sophomore Mikenna Vanderheyden round out the top five placing fourth (18:37.4) and fifth (18:45.0), respectively.

Redshirt sophomore Hannah Lipps finished in sixth with a time of 18:58.1, closely followed by senior Hayley Jackson in eighth (19:12.3). Redshirt junior Marianne Abdalah finished in ninth with a time of 19:20.4 and freshman Petal Palmer registered a time of 19:25.0 to finish in 10th.  Redshirt sophomore Samantha Hatcher and freshman Megan Weaver also competed for the Mountaineers and came in 14th (19:48.2) and 20th (20:37.4), respectively. WVU tallied 18 team points to finish in 21st place.

Credit: WVU Sports

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