Wheeling, W. Va. – With the 2022 Mountain East Conference (MEC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the rearview mirror, the Wheeling University Track & Field teams now turn their attention to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. A few athletes have already hit NCAA Provisional marks, but several others look to qualify when the team heads to the Lee University Last Chance Meet on Saturday. Wheeling sent just one student-athlete to last year’s Championship event, with former Cardinal Liz Flemming making the trip, and looking to build off that number for this year’s event.
In total, the Cardinals will be taking 13 athletes to the event including all of their 2022 MEC Individual Champions from a week ago. The Men, who have nine athletes competing, will be taking part in nine events while the women will have four athletes competing across six events. The event will feature some of the top programs across Division II Track & Field and will challenge the Cardinals as they try to set NCAA Provisional Marks to try and earn a spot at the National Championships, which will be held in Allendale, Michigan.
For the men, Jabez Reeves, TJ Tindal, Brian Vandusen, jordan reid, Andrew Taylor, Daimar Ivey, julian griffin, Lawrence Pelhamand Izaiha Browning will be competing across both the Track & Field events. Headlining the group are a pair of MEC Individual Champions, Taylor and Reeves, who will be competing in the High Jump and 100/200-Meter, respectively. Taylor became the first athlete to ever clear the seven-foot mark when he jumped 2.15 meters to claim the MEC High Jump Championship and placed third among Division II High Jumpers. Reeves also broke an MEC Championship record, running the 200-Meter in 21.58 seconds and has hit provisional marks in both the 100 and 200-Meter dashes this season.
On the women’s side, Caroline Fodor, Savanaugh AndersonKa’Niya McGowan, and Jenay Soumahro will make the trip to Cleveland, Tennessee with all four ladies competing in track events. Soumahro was the only MEC Individual Champion of the group, being named the Champion in the 400-Meter Hurdles. She was initially disqualified, but after disputing the call, she was announced as the champion at the podium ceremony in Glenville. Fodor also had a strong showing at the championship, competing in the 800/1500 for the first time in her career at the MEC Championships, and took home second place in the 800-Meter while breaking the meet record at 2:17.85.
With two weeks remaining until the 2022 Track & Field Outdoor National Championships, this will be the last chance for these athletes to make their case for the National Championships. While Flemming made it for the women last season, the last time a Wheeling Men’s Track & Field Athlete competed at the event was when former Cardinal Darius Berry competed back in 2019. Flemming competed in the shot-put last season while Berry competed in both the Men’s Decathlon and the 110-Meter Hurdles. This year’s Cardinals team is looking to send multiple athletes this season for the first time since that 2019 season when Berry and former Cardinal Anna Masa made the trip.
The Lee University Last Chance Meet will take place at the Ray Con Sports Complex on the Campus of Lee University. The day will begin with the Women’s Shot Put at 9 AM to kick-off the field events and the Women’s 4×100 Meter Relay at 11 AM to begin the track events. The Cardinals first event of the day will be at 10 AM for the Men’s High Jump in the field and at 11:15 AM for the Men’s 4×100 Meter Relay on the track. Spectators are allowed at the event with adult tickets costing $10 and kids under 12 getting in free.
The Cardinals begin their day of competition at the Lee University Last Chance meet at 10 AM in Cleveland, Tennessee. You can follow along with Live Results throughout the day by clicking HERE.