West Virginia makes Big 12 history

MORGANTOWN, WV – Junior Redshirt Ceili McCabe of West Virginia University’s No. 28 cross country team won first place at the 2022 Big 12 Conference Championship at the Chaparral Ridge Cross Country Course hosted by Texas Tech University on Friday the 28th october.

McCabe finished the 6k in a time of 20:08.4, becoming the first climber to win back-to-back Big 12 individual titles. McCabe became the first WVU rider to win the Big 12 individual title in 2021.

“Our goal was for Ceili to do her best to win, for the team to go home with a second-place finish and put as many as we could into the Big 12 team,” the coach said. Sean Clear said. “We will return to Morgantown satisfied if not happy, while fully understanding that we have another very big race in two weeks at the NCAA Regional.”

The team also set a record with five Mountaineers earning All-Big 12 honors after each finishing in the top 15. West Virginia finished in second place with 49 points, setting a program record for total lowest points at the Big 12 championships and eclipsing the previous low point total of 58 set in 2014. No. 3 Oklahoma State took first place with 22 points.

Nine mountaineers took part in Friday’s meeting. Sixth-year senior Mikaela Lucki followed McCabe with a time of 21:10.8, earning 10th place. senior red shirt Charlotte Bois finished 11th with a time of 21:14.4.

“Today’s race was stereotypical old-school cross-country: high winds, mud, soft grass and rain piled everywhere,” Cleary said. “The great thing about these types of conditions is that they’re the same for everyone, and everyone has to suck and run smart but hard, and our women did that today.”

Redshirt senior Jeanne Reix Charat previously set a new career best on her last outing and kept her momentum going with a time of 21:26.1 and a 13th-place finish. Also, redshirt junior Catherine Dowie crossed the finish line with a time of 21:30.4 in 14th and completes the top five for WVU.

Friday marks the second All-Big 12 honor for Lucki, Wood and Dowie, with Lucki earning the honor for the first time in 2021, while Wood and Dowie won the award for the first time in 2020.

West Virginia was one of 10 schools competing in the women’s 6k at the Big 12 Championships with a total of 83 runners.

The Mountaineers return to action at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship in State College, Pa. on Friday, Nov. 11 at Blue and White Golf Course.

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