Birmingham, Ala. – Western Carolina junior Makaila McIntyre won the women’s long jump to highlight opening day action Saturday at the Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Samford Track and Soccer Stadium.

The Western Carolina men’s team is in third place with 38 points, trailing leader ETSU with 50 points and second place Samford with 50 points. The women’s team scored 29 points on Saturday as Samford leads with 79 points and Furman is in second with 39 points.

McIntyre won the women’s long jump with her personal best leap of 6.14 meters (20’1.75”). Her previous personal best was 5.78 meters (18’11.75”). The Peachtree City, Ga. native won the event by 0.28 meters (11”).

Trini Feggett led a trio of Catamounts in the men’s long jump with his runner-up finish. Feggett posted a leap of 7.42 meters (24’4.25”) to earn Second Team All-Conference honors. Shon Pratcher claimed Third Team All-Conference laurels with a mark of 7.39 meters (24’3”). Benjamin Okafor finished in fourth place with his distance of 7.12 meters (23’4.5”).

Dakota Wright finished in second place in the men’s hammer throw with a top distance of 55.70 meters (182’9”), earning Second Team All-Conference honors. Mac Bennett placed eighth in the event with his throw of 45.59 meters (149’7”).

Carter Unger earned Third Team All-Conference accolades in the women’s pole vault as she cleared a height of 3.48 meters (11’5”).

Tyler Robakiewicz finished in fourth place in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase thanks to a time of 9:51.09.

Charles Cooley finished in fifth place in the men’s pole vault after he cleared a height of 4.45 meters (14’7.25”). Jonathan Lehe earned a point with his eighth-place finish as he cleared the bar set at 4.15 meters (13’7.25”).

In the event-opening women’s 10,000-meter run, Lindsey Trotter finished in fifth place with a time of 38:01.58. Jamie Blaylock finished in the final scoring position, eighth place, as she crossed the finish line in 38:51.13.

Rachel Rouse finished in sixth place in the women’s javelin after a mark of 35.31 meters (115’10”).

Amy Yarborough finished in sixth place in the women’s hammer throw with a toss of 45.34 meters (148’9”). Victoria Solheim placed seventh thanks to her throw of 44.13 meters (144’9”).  

Most of Saturday’s track action consisted of sprint and hurdle preliminaries. For the Catamount men, Cory Alston and Gregory Jacobs qualified for the finals of the men’s 100-meter dash. Mike Jones and Alston qualified for the finals in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. Devaniel Dale, Pratcher, Tyler Manigault, and Josh Little each advanced to the men’s 200-meter dash finals. The men’s 400-meter finals will have Dale, Pratcher and Miles Greer representing the Catamounts, with Dale holding the fastest time in preliminaries. Caleb Albrecht qualified for the men’s 800-meter run finals.

In women’s preliminary action, Mia Little and Keysia Grant advanced to the finals in the women’s 100-meter dash. Dominique Delisser will run in the 200-meter dash finals. Kellsie Whitehead, Marissa Blakely, and Delisser advanced to the finals in the women’s 400-meter dash, with Whitehead having the fastest time in Saturday’s preliminaries. Christina Nikolaou qualified for the finals in the women’s 800-meter run.

The meet continues Sunday at 9 a.m. Central Time with the conclusion of the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon.