BUCKHANNON – The predicted close battle between the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats and the Wheeling Jesuit Lady Cardinals never materialized today in the third and final day of the Mountain East Conference Track and Field Championships.
Wesleyan outdistanced Wheeling Jesuit by a 64 points as the Lady Bobcats tallied 312.5 points to the Lady Cardinals' 248.5 points as they claimed their fourth straight MEC championship.
Glenville State was a distant third with 79 points in the seven-team event while Concord was fourth with 78 points.
Wesleyan's Lauren Cvechko was the Most Valuable Performer for the second consecutive year. She won the 110-meter hurdles on Sunday along with the long jump and the high jump. She also scored points in the shot put and the javelin.
In Sunday's events, Lauren Leaman garnered the other Lady Bobcat victory as she took first in the 400-meter hurdles.
Joining Cvechko in the top eight in the 110-meter hurdles were Jordan Lynn taking third (15.38), Makenzi Neibergall earning fifth (15.52), Erica Jack placing seventh (15.82) and Leaman taking eighth (18.24)
Wesleyan picked up 20 points in the 1500-meter run as Sydney Pineault took second in 4:57.69 while Lexi Beach was fourth (5:03.55), Zoey Vilasuso was fifth (5:08.68) and Rachel Pinto was sixth (5.10.13).
Days took fourth in the 200-meter dash (26.11) while Painter was fifth (26.64).
Beach took third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:25.35 while Emma Harrison placed fourth with a clocking of 2:25.80.
Wesleyan placed third, fourth and fifth in the 5000-meters.
Pineault was third (19:21.55), Joie Johnston was fourth (19:23.40) and Pinto was fifth (19:26.55).
In the relay events, Wesleyan's 4 x 100 foursome of Niebergall, Days, Marlee Angelucci and Painter took second with a time of 49.17 while the 4 x 400 foursome of Blake, Days, Harrison and Wiethe took second as well with a time of 4:07.04.
Jesse Skiles was selected as the MEC Coach of the Year.
Wesleyan will take select members of the track and field teams to the Allegheny Gator Invite this Friday.
Championship MVP: Lauren Cvechko (West Virginia Wesleyan)
Freshman of the Year: Anna Massa (Wheeling Jesuit)
Track Athlete of the Year: Kelsey Chambers (Wheeling Jesuit)
Field Athlete of the Year: Hayley Campbell (Wheeling Jesuit)
Coach of the Year: Jesse Skiles (West Virginia Wesleyan)