WVU roundup: 2 Mountaineers at NCAA track finals

MORGANTOWN — Redshirt senior Amy Cashin and redshirt junior Madelin Gardner, of the WVU track and field team, are in Eugene, Ore., this week for the NCAA outdoor track and field meet.
Cashin will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at historic Hayward Field, while Gardner will participate in the pole vault. Both will compete June 7, Gardner in the finals and Cashin in the semifinals. The top-five finishers and next two best times in the two semifinal heats will advance to Saturday’s final.
Fans can follow with the action at ncaa.com. ESPN2 will provide live coverage today, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Additional coverage can be found on various ESPN3 webcasts, including today’s pole vault competition.
“We have had a successful season to date,” WVU coach Sean Cleary said. “With seven qualifying for the NCAA East Preliminary and Maddie and Amy advancing all the way to Eugene for the finals, we are represented by two incredible young ladies. Both are coming off seasons that saw them break school records before nailing the first round of qualifying. This being the last step in this year’s long journey is nothing short of exciting.”
Cashin is set to make her second appearance at the NCAA outdoors. Last year, the Werribee, Victoria, Australia, native finished 19th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinals (10:11.86).
Gardner is set to make her NCAA outdoors debut. The Williamstown native is the first Mountaineers vaulter to reach the national finals since Erin Nett, in 2002.
At the NCAA East Preliminary round, Cashin earned 11th place in the steeplechase (10:04.19). Gardner finished 12th in the pole vault, at 13 feet, 8.5 inches.
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