The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

May 3, 2013

WVU hosts Sooners in crucial series

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West Virginia assistant women’s basketball coach M.L. Willis has left the program to join Georgia Tech as an assistant.

During her time with the Mountaineers, Willis helped lead WVU to four NCAA Tournament appearances. West Virginia won at least 20 games in three of her four years, including a program-best 29 victories in 2009-10. In only her second year, Willis and the Mountaineers posted the best start ever for a WVU team, as the Mountaineers began the 2010-11 season 19-0 and had the No. 1 ranked scoring defense nationally for five weeks. WVU won three straight games over top-25 opponents for the first time in school history during the 2011-12 season.

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The West Virginia University track and field team is set to compete in its first ever Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 3-5 at the Hart-Patterson Track & Field Complex in Waco, Texas.

The Mountaineers will face off against all the Big 12 schools, including six ranked opponents — No. 2 Kansas, No. 10 Texas, No. 16 Iowa State, No. 17 Texas Tech, No. 21 Baylor and No. 23 Oklahoma.

The track and field team placed 19 student-athletes on the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 first and second teams, headed by senior Aubrey Moskal and sophomore Kelly Williams, each of which had a 4.0 GPA.

Other first-team members include Sarah-Anne Brault, Sydney Cummings, Kiley Defibaugh, Jordan Hamric, Alex Klauke, Lauren Moskal, Allison Pettit, Hallie Portner, Alanna Pritts and Allison Tyree.

The Mountaineers had seven student-athletes garner second-team distinction, including Heather Adams, Stephanie Aldea, Rachel Buser, Arielle Gaither, Alison Kimble, Karissa Knabenshue and Chene Townsend.

First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, while the second-team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

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Wide receiver Ryan Nehlen, guard Jeff Braun and kicker Corey Smith were named to the 2013 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A total of 703 players from 259 schools qualified for membership in the society's seventh year, marking the highest school participation in the history of the program, which began in 2007.

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