Bobcats, Lady 'Cats Win MEC Track and Field Championships

Bobcats, Lady 'Cats Win MEC Track and Field Championships

BUCKHANNON – It was a championship type of day for the West Virginia Wesleyan men's and women's track and field programs here today at Cebe Ross Field on the third and final day of the Mountain East Conference Championships.

Both the men and the women won MEC Championships today with little suspense as the Bobcats and Lady Bobcats won by huge margins.

When the final point totals were announced, the Wesleyan women crushed their competition of six other schools.

Wesleyan amassed 348.5 points, 150.5 points ahead of second place Wheeling Jesuit who tallied 198 points. Charleston was a distant third with 82 points while Concord was fourth with 69.

The men's side was a little closer but the Bobcats still comfortably won their championship.

The Bobcats scored 219 points while Concord was second with 142 points. Notre Dame was third with 120 and Glenville State was fourth with 94.

Individually, both teams picked up plenty of individual hardware as well.

On the women's side, Lauren Cvechko won the MEC Field Athlete of the Year and the MEC MVP (High Point) Award.

Cvechko scored 37 points as she placed in five events over the three days.

She won the long jump (5.38), took second in the heptathlon (3729 points) and the 100-meter hurdles (15.51), third in the shot put (12.48) and fourth in the high jump (1.55).

Ali Crawford helped the team by pulling in 25 points.

Crawford won the 100 meter (12.26) and 200 meter dashes (25.63) and was part of two relay wins in the 4 x 100 and the 4 x 400-meter relays.

Amber Stewart picked up 20.5 points for the Lady Bobcats.

Like Cvehcko, she placed in five events.

She grabbed a first in the heptathlon (4125 points) and as a member of the 4 x 100-meter relay team, fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.68) and seventh in the high jump (1.46) and the long jump (4.93).

Wesleyan earned four more individual first-place victories.

Joy Price won the high jump (1.64), Essence Barron won the triple jump (11.69) Sydney Pineault won the 1500 meters (5:04.83) and Adrian Cunningham won the 400-meter hurdles (65.89).

The 4 x 100-meter relay team of Makenzi Neibergall, Crawford, Stewart and Mykera Days (48.44) and the 4 x 400-meter relay foursome of Crawford, Cunningham, Ali Johnson and Vicki Crise (4:04) were also winners.

Head coach Jesse Skiles was named the MEC Women's Head Coach of the Year.

On the men's side, Dylon Rippeto was named the MEC Field Athlete of the Year and Tavaris Anderson was awarded the MEC MVP (High Point) Award.

Anderson scored in six events winning two.

He took first in the long jump (7.28) and the triple jump (14.16) while placing fourth in the 100 meters (11.14) and seventh in the 200 meters (40.22).

He was also part of two relay teams, the 4 x 100 and the 4 x 400 that placed third and fifth respectively.

Rippeto tallied 20 points as he took second in the discus (42.97) and third in the shot put (14.43) and in the hammer (41.98).

Matt Dearth and Isaac Johnson both earned 18 points to help the Bobcats.

Dearth took first in the 10,000 meters (32.35) and second in the 5000 meters (15.40).

Johnson won the hammer (45.02) and placed second in the shot put (14.55).

Wesleyan won three other individual events.

Nick Moorhead took first in the shot put (15.59), Daniel Plaugher won the 110-meter hurdles and Tyler Donati won the javelin (51.04).

The MEC Championships wrapped up the spring campaign for both the Bobcats and Lady Bobcats.