JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Western Carolina had four event wins along with multiple top-five finishes and an individual award winner on Saturday on the final day of action at the Buccaneer Invitational.
Kellsie Whitehead was the winner of the women’s 400-meter dash as she completed her lap in a time of 56.62, nearly half a second ahead of the runner-up.
Dakota Oxendine and Tyler Hanks led a 1-2 finish in the men’s high jump. Oxendine, Hanks and Appalachian State’s Jordan Dale each cleared 2.0 meters (6’6.75”) with the tiebreaker determined by the number of misses at previous attempts. Hanks scored a fourth-place result in the triple jump.
Jordan Bostian took the win in the men’s 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.33.
For the second straight week, the men’s 4x400-meter relay team took first place, this week with a season-best time of 3:17.18.
Charnessa Reid was the runner-up in the women’s 60-meter hurdles, breaking the tape in 8.90. Tamilia Wright finished in fifth place as she crossed the finish line in 9.14.
Reigning SoCon Women’s Field Athlete of the Week Victoria Solheim was named the Women’s Field Athlete of the Meet after picking up the win in the women’s weight throw on Friday night and claiming the runner-up spot in the women’s shot put on Saturday. Solheim finished in second place in the shot put with a throw of 13.24 meters (43’5.25”) followed by Lesleigh Tabor in third place and Amy Yarborough in fifth place. Tabor’s best throw traveled 13.11 meters (43’0.25”) with Yarborough’s longest toss measuring 12.74 meters (41’9.75”).
In the women’s 3,000-meter run, Lindsey Trotter finished in second place with a time of 10:43.96.
Charles Cooley finished in second place in the men’s pole vault after clearing 4.50 meters (14’9”). Cooley was joined in the top-five by Thomas Martin in fifth place after Martin cleared 4.05 meters (13’3.50”).
Chace Washington-Saunders, the reigning SoCon Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, finished in second place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.53. Devaniel Dale followed with a fourth-place result in 49.46 seconds.
Christina Nikolaou finished in third place in the women’s mile with a time of 5:01.75.
Mia Little finished in third place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.80.
Dakota Wright and Mac Bennett finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the men’s shot put. Wright’s best throw traveled 15.08 meters (49’5.75”) with Bennett’s best mark measuring 15.06 meters (49’5”).
Caleb Albrecht finished in fifth place in the men’s 800-meter run, crossing the finish line in 1:57.02.
Mike Jones posted a fifth-place finish in the men’s 60-meter dash, finishing the race in 8.36.
The Catamounts are in action for the third straight weekend on Friday and Saturday, traveling to Lynchburg, Va. for the Darius Dixon Invitational.