DANIELS – The West Virginia Wesleyan's women closed their fall season with a solid fourth place finish while the West Virginia Wesleyan's men placed sixth at the Mountain East Conference Golf Championships here today.
Three different Lady Bobcats placed in the top individuals, one of only two schools to do so.
Katie Casey led Wesleyan with a strong fourth place finish overall with a final three-round tally of 247 (80-85-82).
Keenan Moreta was 35th with a final score of 337 (109-116-112) as the final Lady Bobcat counter.
Gabrielle Saygers added a 482 (181-142-159) for 43rd overall place.
The University of Charleston won the title with a total of 1021 strokes.
Notre Dame was runner-up at 1052, followed by Wheeling Jesuit (1062).
Wesleyan's tally of 1104 held off a final day charge from UVa.-Wise (1108) for fourth.
Concord (1136), Urbana (1168), Fairmont (1320), and West Liberty (1408) rounded out the team scoring.
"I am really proud of our effort in this tournament," Wesleyan head coach James Huber said. "Getting three in the top ten was a major accomplishment and we were able to rebound from some adversity at different times over these three days."
Wesleyan's fourth place finish was a large jump from last year's seventh place finish. This significance was not lost on Huber in the aftermath of the tourney.
"This year was definitely a step forward," Huber said. "Last year, we only had four ladies, then we lost one to an injury, so we were always piecing it together. This year, the difference was having a full roster...a full roster of players committed to getting better. This was a good year, and the program is moving forward."
On the men's side, it was a tightly contested field as only 21 strokes separated teams one through five.
Wesleyan tallied a team score of 947 for the sixth place finish, outdistancing seventh place Urbana at 968.
UVa.-Wise won the team title at 905, followed closely by Charleston (908), West Liberty (918), Shepherd (923), and Wheeling Jesuit (926).
After Wesleyan and Urbana, the scoring was rounded out by Fairmont (972), Notre Dame (977), West Virginia State (992), Concord (1048), and Glenville State (1070).
Nick West led the Wesleyan men with a 16th place finish with a three-round score of 233 (79-73-81). His performance was one of the biggest improvements from the 2015 tourney where he placed 49th.
Like the Wesleyan women, the men improved three spots in the team standings from the 2015 tournament. They were ninth last Fall.
"We placed ninth last year and we were predicted ninth this year," Huber remarked. To come out this season and finish sixth and not many shots from the top five schools was a tremendous accomplishment. The guys worked diligently on all aspects of their game, and it resulted in some strong overall improvement as a team. This is a good group of guys...we have some very good players, and I am very proud coach."
The championships wrapped up fall play for both teams.