McCabe qualifies for NCAA steeplechase final, shattering WVU record

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Ceili McCabe has made Mountaineer history again. 

WVU’s redshirt freshman steeplechaser broke her own program record in the second heat of Thursday’s NCAA steeplechase semifinals, posting a time of 9:39.27. That performance shattered her previous school record of 9:51.81, which was set at the NCAA East Regionals. 

McCabe placed sixth in her heat and ninth overall, meaning she earned a spot in Saturday’s national championship steeplechase. BYU junior Courtney Wayment won that heat with a time of 9:32.52, the top time across the two semifinal races. 

“Ceili was tremendous out there today,” said coach Sean Cleary. “She is a little rough around the edges with her hurdling form, but that’s normal for somebody so new to the event. Her poise and race execution are that of a veteran. We will now chat about the finals and how she might maximize her place on Saturday. This is very exciting.”

McCabe helped lead the Mountaineers to their first-ever Big 12 Championship win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase competition at a conference meet. She ranks first in the Big 12 Conference in the event.

The 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships began Wednesday in Eugene, Oregon, and will conclude Saturday.

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