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WVU names 2nd female mascot

March 09, 2009

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University has named its second female mascot in school history.

Rebecca Durst of Pleasant Point, W.Va., was announced as the Mountaineers' musket-carrying mascot for the 2009-10 school year Saturday night at the men's basketball game with Louisville.

Durst, a sophomore, won a cheer-off over fellow students Brock Burwell of Harrisville, W.Va., Rebecca Funk of Clear Spring, and current mascot Michael Squires of Clarksburg, W.Va. The cheer-off was held at Wednesday night's game with DePaul.

Current Secretary of State Natalie Tennant was the university's first female mascot. She served in 1990-91.

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