Multi-Events Kick Off WVIAC Track & Field Championships
Wheeling Jesuit Sports Info
WHEELING, WV – The 2008 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference Track & Field Championships officially get underway this
Thursday and Friday at Wheeling Jesuit University with the annual
decathlon and heptathlon competition. This year’s field includes 14
women entrants and 11 men entrants. WVIAC Meet Director Chris Kreger
(11th consecutive year) says this is the largest field for this
event and will be one of the closest in its short 4 year history of
the multis championship.
In the women’s field, six of last year’s top seven competitors
return. Defending champ Karachi Mbagwu of Concord won the event last
year with a score of 3583. Her closest challenger in that meet,
Wesleyan’s Katie Schubert is also back. Schubert was the top Bobcat
scorer on last year’s title team, and was named the league Player of
the Year last fall in soccer.
Other top returnees include Justine Albert of Seton Hill (third last
year in 2843), Wheeling’s JennyBeth Wysocki (fourth, 2829),
Wesleyan’s Megan Moran (sixth, 2535), and Concord’s Brooke Wilson
(seventh, 2320). The field also includes several strong newcomers to
the event; Glenville’s Camai Roberson and Tara Collins, Seton Hill’s
Erin Beattie, Wheeling’s Gossett, Wesleyan’s Jasmine Claggett, and
Concord’s Kate Kauffman, Dani Pye, Brooke Wilson, and Jessica Boggs.
On the men’s side, there will be a new winner with the graduation of
three-time champ and all-american Aaron Rosier of Wheeling. Five
other top finishers from last year return; Concord’s Dustin
Greenwood (third, 5505), Wesleyan’s Sloan Baisden (fourth, 5501),
Wheeling’s Quinn Law (fifth, 4841), Wheeling’s Cameron Lee (sixth,
4821), Wesleyan’s Grant Burton (seventh, 4790), and Seton Hill’s
Mike Poiarkoff (ninth, 4092). Five newcomers join this year’s
competition; Concord’s Jay White, and the Glenville quartet of
Baburn, Shane Lucas, Alex Shiffler, and Williams.
Wheeling Jesuit enters the meet as the defending men’s champion,
while West Virginia Wesleyan won the women’s title in 2007.
The Track & Field portion of the WVIAC Championships will be next
Thursday and Friday, April 24-25, 2008 starting at 1pm on Thursday
at Wheeling Jesuit University.