Bobcats Sweep Track & Field MEC Championships

Bobcats Sweep Track & Field MEC Championships

Article Courtesy of the MEC

Glenville, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Wesleyan Track & Field teams would sweep the first ever Mountain East Conference Championships as both the Men's and Women's team earned first place victories at Glenville State Saturday.  

On the Men's side, WVWC finished with 243 points in the two-day championship. Wheeling Jesuit finished runner-up 205 points, followed by Notre Dame (152), West Liberty (104), Concord (63) and Glenville State (46).

West Virginia Wesleyan's Brandon Franklin claimed the MVP honors at the championship. Franklin had a busy weekend winning the long jump, and finishing runner-up in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, as well as anchoring the team's 4x100 meter relay to a second-place finish. He was also the MEC Freshman of the Year. 

Concord's Shawnee Carnett was voted as the MEC Track Athlete of the Year. Carnett won the 800 and the 1,500, and was the anchor on the team's 4x400 meter relay. Carnett has already posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 800 meters and will compete at the championships later this spring.

Rachel DeMaria was named MEC Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches. She won the javelin and the shot put, and finished second in the javelin. 

Concord's Mike Cox was voted as the league's Coach of the Year. 

Winners of events were named first team All-MEC, with runner-ups earning second team honors. 

WVWC totaled 290 points to claim the title. Wheeling Jesuit was runner-up with 228 points, followed by Concord (96), Notre Dame (54), Charleston (51), Glenville State (40) and West Liberty (28).

Glenville State's Megan Ruddlesden claimed the MVP honors at the championship. She won the long jump and the triple jump, finished third in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters. Ruddlesden was also named the MEC Field Athlete of the Year.

Notre Dame College's Devon Blackwell was voted as the MEC Field Athlete of the Year. Blackwell won the discus and the hammer throw at the 2014 championships.

NDC's John Lundy also claimed a top honor as he was voted on as the MEC Track Athlete of the Year. Lundy doubled up with wins in the 100 and 200 meters, and anchored the team's 4x100 and 4x400 MEC championship relays.

WVWC's Jesse Skiles was voted as the league's Coach of the Year. 

Winners of events were named first team All-MEC, with runner-ups earning second team honors.

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