PB grad continues to break marks

Neville shining for Marietta College in the shot put


BELINGTON — Philip Barbour class of 2018 product Kasey Neville is prepping to enter her sophomore year as a student-athlete at Marietta College in Ohio, and has already captured two shot put school records as a Lady Pioneer.

Neville is currently the all-time distance leader in the shot put and discus throw at the Colts’ Corral.

As a multi-sport athlete at PB, Neville also put her arm strength on display on the basketball court by dishing out long distance assists to the likes of Chelsea Mayle and other teammates down the court following a Neville rebound on defense.

“It all started in high school when I got the dedication I needed to be successful because I pushed myself. Now at the next level I push myself even harder for higher goals,” Neville said. “I mean my freshman year of college was pretty awesome. Yes there were a few difficulties with time management between classes and practice, but at the end it all worked out.”

Taking on a double-major of special education and early childhood education, along with sports, certainly challenged the Marietta freshman. Neville said her time was well spent, though.

“I had classes every day until 3:50 p.m. and practice at 4, so I would get straight out of class and head straight to practice,” she said. “My freshman year has definitely been one to remember with all of my fellow teammates. I have reached many things I never thought I would be able to but I did.

“But I couldn’t thank my Barbour County supporters enough for always wishing me the best and asking my parents how I was doing. Also many people from other counties ask how am I doing which is nice to see the support from all over West Virginia.”

Neville was modest in her final remarks when she noted the importance of family, and few of her most recent accomplishments.

“My family is by far my biggest supporters and I can’t thank them enough for everything,” she said. “And with that being said, I am now the new Marietta College indoor and outdoor shot put record holder. I ended up 31st in the nation for outdoor shot put.

“And lastly I earned Great Lakes All-Region honors in the 2019 NCAA D-III outdoor season track and field.”