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Cullowhee, N.C. – After sweeping both the men’s and women’s championships in 2018, the Western Carolina track & field teams look to defend their crowns this weekend at the Southern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Birmingham, Ala.

"We're super excited about the upcoming championships," head coach Jesse Norman said. "I feel that both teams are ready and excited for the championships. It'll be fun to see how we do this weekend."

The Catamount men have won the last three SoCon Championships while the women have claimed the conference title in three of the last four seasons. WCU has won 10 women’s and eight men’s outdoor championships in program history.

The meet begins at 8 a.m. Central Time on Saturday with the women’s 10,000-meter run followed by the men’s 10,000-meter run. Field events kick off at 10 a.m. with the women’s hammer throw. Saturday’s action concludes with the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at 5:25 p.m. On Sunday, the final events of the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon begin at 9 a.m. The women’s high jump and men’s shot put are the first of eight field event finals beginning at 11 a.m. Track finals start at 1 pm. with the women’s 4x100-meter relay and conclude at 4:40 p.m. with the men’s 4x400-meter relay. Live results will be available via a link on www.catamountsports.com.

Entering this weekend’s competition, the Catamounts have posted 12 of the top times and distances in the SoCon this season. At the Catamount Classic on April 12-13, WCU recorded 19 event wins. Senior Dakota Wright set a new meet record in the men’s shot put with a throw of 16.56 meters.

The Catamounts are scheduled to compete in their final regular season outdoor meet on May 12 in Hickory, N.C. at the Lenoir-Rhyne Final Qualifier.

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