GLENVILLE - West Virginia Wesleyan's duo of juniors Cuylor Edgell and Ashli Knotts swept the WVIAC Multi-Event competition this weekend, as each athlete defended their titles from 2011. For Edgell it was his third title in the event.
Both Bobcats had to fight off challenges to gain victory. Knotts went into the final event in second place behind Glenville's Marteney Jacobs (a Philip Barbour alum), but pulled out the decisive decision with a 2:17 effort in the 800-meter run. She closed the event with a meet record 4400 points with Jacobs closing in 4255. Wheeling Jesuit's Janey Hall was third with 4046, followed by Wesleyan's Nikki Emborski at 4024, Gretchen Lantz at 3802, and Jenna Howell at 3712.
Edgell fought off another game effort from Wheeling Jesuit's Craig Neiswanger, who led after eight events. Edgell posted a total of 6281 with Neiswanger taking the runner up spot with 5835.
Wesleyan freshman Emerson Gagnon placed third with 5392, edging Wheeling's Zach Bangor who scored 5342.
Wesleyan claimed the final two spots with Andrew Ferguson fifth at 4947 and Aaron Lantz sixth at 4821.
The two-day event is the beginning of the 2012 WVIAC Track & Field Championships.
The regular portion of the event concludes at Wheeling Jesuit on Friday and Saturday.
Wesleyan is going into the meet with 19 points on the board on the men's side and 12 on the women's side.
Wheeling's men have 12 points and their women six, with Glenville showing eight on the women's side.