The field is set forWheeling Jesuit's annual Bill Van Horne Invitational. The two-day event,Friday-Saturday, March 23-24, includes 719 men's and women's track and field athletes from 20 different colleges and universities as well as open competitors.
"We are expecting a high quality field with several outstanding division II and III schools from around the area, as well as, schools from New York,"Head Coach Ricky Moore remarked. "It looks to be a great atmosphere with the warm temperatures and great weather, which makes for a great meet."
The Cardinals look to continue their success this weekend after competing last weekend at WakeForest University in Winston-Salem, N. C. Craig Neiswanger and Stewart Jones are now both nationally ranked with Neiswanger being ranked seventh in the javelin throw and Jones is ranked second in the steeplechase.
Neiswanger was named WVIAC Athlete of the Week for his performance at Wake and will be competing in the decathlon along with ZachBangor, beginning on Friday. Also competing on opening day are Janey Hall andCassie Copeland, entering the women's heptathlon.
Hall will be a member of the women's 4x100 meter relay team with Olivia Lent, Mara Cain, and Ashley White, and the men's 4x100relay team will consist of Tyler Glover, Brandon McKinley, Davey Johnson, andMike Little. Evan Bratcher will look to improve his 400 meter dash time, whileJen McFarland will do the same in the women's steeplechase.
In the field events, Kyle Davies will compete in the pole vault, while Jacob Mines and Eric Kearsh will participate in the men's throwing events. On the women's side, the WVIAC Athlete of the Week, AshleyField will look to improve her personal bests in the hammer and discus throws.
"Most of our distance runners will be on the shelf, training for next week's Raleigh Relays and the following week's DukeInvitational, however, we are still expecting high quality results from the rest of our team," said Moore.
With the number of personal bests and WVIACqualifying times, Wheeling Jesuit also looks to secure some top finishes.
The participating institutions are as follows:Alderson-Broaddus College, Bethany College, The University of Charleston,Franciscan University, State University of New York Fredonia, GenevaCollege, Grove City College, Malone University, Penn State-Behrend,University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Roberts Wesleyan College, UrsulineCollege, Walsh University, Washington and Jefferson College, WaynesburgCollege, West Liberty University, West Virginia University, West VirginiaWesleyan and Wheeling Jesuit University.