Mountaineer finalists presented to WVU crowd

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) — Four men are vying to be the next West Virginia University Mountaineer. Their last test was Monday night when they were presented to the crowd at the WVU game.

Two of those finalists are from right here in our area. Trevor Kiess is the current alternative Mountaineer. The Elkins native was in front of the crowds at a couple WVU football games when the current Mountaineer was suspended.

Doddridge County Native Jesse Lackey is also in the running. He was in the final four last year as well. Both men say it's amazing to have made it so far and they'd be honored to serve the university as the Mountaineer.

"It would mean the world to me. It's been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. My dad likes to say that I wanted to be the Mountaineer before I knew I could grow a beard," said Kiess.

"I've said this over and over but it's an honor just to get to this point to be honest. I couldn't imagine this when I was younger but now that it's here, it's a pretty great opportunity and I'm feeling good," said Lackey.

These two men are competing against Troy Salatino and Timothy Eads.

The winner will be announced at the February 24 game against Iowa State!