The 2011-12 indoor track and field season kicked off Saturday with the WVU Holiday Classic at the Shell Building in Morgantown, W.Va.
West Virginia hosted California (Pa.), Frostburg State, Glenville State, Juniata, Washington & Jefferson, Waynesburg, Wheeling Jesuit, and West Virginia Wesleyan at the annual meet.
The Mountaineers saw an impressive performance right out of the gate by their field athletes, as four posted Big East championship qualifying marks in the season-opener.
Sophomore Stormy Nesbit, a transfer from the University of Minnesota, had West Virginia’s first conference qualifying mark of the season as the Roseville, Minn., native posted 11.9 meters in the triple jump
Sophomore Katlyn Shelar rounded out the championship qualifying day for the Mountaineers as she bested the league’s minimum of 3.55 meters in the pole vault by 0.2 meters to earn a Big East finals spot.
The University of Dayton women’s track and field team opened its season on the right foot this weekend at the Oiler Opener in Findlay, Ohio.
The meet lasted from Friday, Dec. 2, to Saturday, Dec. 3. On Friday, the meet started with the field events. Leading the way for the Flyers in the pole vault was senior Courtney Siebenaller, who finished second with a jump of 3 3/4 meters.
Siebenaller said it felt great to be competing again.
“It feels awesome,” she said. “I love vaulting, and as a senior, I need to make every meet fun and get the best experience from it.”
Overall, it was a successful first day for UD, according to Siebenaller.
“We did really well for our first meet,” she said. “Two girls set new personal bests and all of our vaulters were over 11 feet. Overall, it was a lot of fun.”
The Southeast Missouri State track and field program had numerous notable performances as it opened the indoor season with meets at Arkansas State on Friday and SIU-Carbondale on Saturday.
Notre Dame Regional High School graduate Jill Schnurbusch finished third in the pole vault (11-11 3/4) and Nikki Buchheit was fourth (11-5 3/4).
Southeast won three events at SIU, highlighted by Schnurbusch’s 12-foot performance in the pole vault that ranks second in school history.
Let’s face it, we’re college students and day by day we wait impatiently for the weekend to arrive. This weekend held even more promise than previous weekends because it was a day of sports for Bronco Nation. Track and field hosted the Jacksons Open and Multi’s, football said goodbye to its seniors, wrestling competed in the Cliff Keen Invitational and basketball faced off against Indiana State.
Track and field began their competition on Friday with a handful of athletes. The Broncos, though seemingly underrepresented, picked up two event wins and two lifetime best efforts.
Senior Kurt Felix opened up his season with a personal-best jump of 13 feet 11.25 inches for the pole vaulting competition. Felix placed sixth for the event after improving upon her first vault by two inches.
UD Holiday Classic
At University of Delaware Fieldhouse
Pole vault: 1-Jensen, Appo, 13-06.00; 2-Stacy, Car, 13-00.00; 3-Evans, AI, 12-00.00; 4-Smith, Cha, 11-00.00; 5-Armistead, Car, 10-00.00.
Pole vault: 1-Doordan, Car, 8-06.00; 2-Albertella, CH, J8-06.00; 3-Cawley, AI, 7-00.00.