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Fall 2014

From WVU with love—Mountaineer spirit runs deep, and you’re invited behind the scenes to celebrate the heart of West Virginia University athletics in moments large and small.

Knowing No Boundaries

Sarah Melanson, an exercise physiology student from Annapolis, Md., is one of the most successful young Ironman triathletes in the country. At just 17, she became the youngest female to ever complete an Ironman distance triathlon—combining a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. She’s one of several students featured in Project ME, a place where the stories of WVU’s students are told—be they drummers, skaters, boxers or problem solvers. Get to know more of the current crop of students at projectme.wvu.edu. (Photo by M.G. Ellis)

Swimmer
Photo by M.G. Ellis

In the Net

The West Virginia Women’s Soccer Team is the 2014 Big 12 Conference regular-season champions. It’s their fourth Big 12 title in three years for a team that’s won seven conference titles in the last five seasons. Here, No. 6 Cari Price pushes through the rain for a win against Texas Tech.

Soccer player
Photo by Erin Irwin

Struck Like Lightning

You’ve noticed how Kevin White is playing, right? So has everyone else. Sports writers are mentioning the football star receiver’s name in connection with the Heisman Trophy race because of how the star has taken the nation by surprise. “I want Mountaineer fans to remember me as someone who will bring it every play, someone who can take control and be dominant on the field at all times,” says the multidisciplinary studies student.

Kevin White
Niesha Shafer

Climb Higher

Dylan Jones, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences student, scaled a mountain in the Grand Teton Range in the Western U.S. earlier this year, and he didn’t forget to pack his Mountaineer pride.

Rock climber
Photograph Submitted

It’s a Love Thing

With “Take Me Home, Country Roads” playing in the background, Mountaineer fan Shalee Nash walked down a paved parking lot to wed Scott Shumiloff, BS, ’13, Sport Management, at a tailgate surrounded by their closest gold-and-blue clad friends. Dressed in matching No. 8 jerseys, the couple tied the knot in the gold lot near The Erickson Alumni Center on the day WVU football walloped Kansas 33-14.

Couple getting married
M.G. Ellis

Classic Gold and Blue

Harry, BS, ’74, Economics, and Linda Grandon, RBA, ’08, have had their 1977-model Volkswagen van since 1982 when they lived in the Midwest. Decked out in Mountaineer gold and blue, and of course some “Beat Pitt” decals, they are WVU’s reigning flower children. The Grandons have held the same tailgating spot in front of Milan Puskar Stadium for 25 seasons. Over the years, the bus has had countless admirers and has even been autographed by Mountaineer football royalty—Pat White and Owen Schmitt.

Bus
Brian Persinger

Not Just a Wizard’s Sport

WVU has a student club for everybody. Even wizards. The WVU Quidditch Club started out as a residence hall program at—you guessed it—the Honors dorm in 2010. It became an official WVU club team in 2012.

Quiddich
Erin Irwin

Gold and Blue Royalty

A Mountaineer match made in gold and blue: Matt Elder, a marketing major from Boca Raton, Fla., and Rachel Poe, an accounting major from Morgantown, share their crowning moment as king and queen for Homecoming 2014.

Homecoming King & Queen
Brian Persinger

Fall Madness

It’s not time to get your brackets out yet, but it is time to tune into the Mountaineer men’s and women’s basketball season. Guard No. 23 Bria Holmes was named the Big 12 Conference preseason Player of the Year and selected to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. And on the men’s basketball side, No. 3 Juwan Staten was named Big 12 preseason Player of the Year.

Bria Holmes
Erin Irwin

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