JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Junior Hailey Cook led the Western Carolina men's and women's track & field teams with a pair of first place finishes at the ETSU Invitational. The Catamounts had a number of stellar performances and picked up eight event victories.
Cook won both the women's shot put and weight throw. She won the shot put with a toss of 14.93m (48-11.75) and took the weight throw with a distance of 16.91m (55-05.75).Freshman Simone Williams took second in the weight throw at 14.46m (47-05.25) while sophomore Alisha Blackmon came in seventh in the shot put after stopping the tape at 12.02m (39-05.25) and fifth in the weight throw at 13.54m (44-05.25).
Senior Jared Johnson won the men's weight throw with a distance of 17.96m (58-11.25) while junior Scott Peretin and sophomore Dakota Wright finished third and fourth, respectively. Peretin stopped the tape at 15.67m (51-05.00) while Wright turned in a toss of 15.65m (51-04.25). Sophomore Chase Stehling came in sixth at 14.91m (48-11.00).
Senior Tayla Carter topped the field in the women's 60m as she crossed the line in 7.51. Freshman Mia Little also advanced to the finals and finished sixth with a time of 7.83. Carter also qualified for the 200m finals but did not compete in the finals race. Freshman Bri Anna Adams came in third in the 200m with a finals run time of 25.45.
Junior Anisia Starege took top honors in the women's high jump with a leap of 1.66m (5-05.25) while senior Holly Gaines, freshman Ashley Parker and freshman Hannah Carson finished sixth through eighth. Gaines and Parker cleared 1.56m (5-01.25) while Carson topped 1.51m (4-11.50).
The women's 4x400 relay team bested the field by over five seconds with a blazing time of 3:52.03. Senior Corina Archie-McMillan, senior Holly Gaines, freshman Sally Woerner and Carter teamed up to top the podium.
Freshman Caleb Albrecht came in second in the men's 800m missing out on first by less than two tenths of a second. Albrecht posted a time of 1:54.85 in the second heat while a senior from Davidson won with a time of 1:54.69 which he ran in the opening heat. Senior Jamie Bigby took fourth overall with a time of 1:55.21.
Peretin and Johnson finished second and third, respectively, in the men's shot put. Peretin had a toss of 14.97m (49-01.50) while Johnson turned in a distance of 14.91m (48-11.00). Junior Evan Albertson finished a few places back in sixth with a throw of 14.13m (46-04.25).
Freshman Jamie Brown took third in the men's triple jump after stopping the tape at 14.60m (47-11.00).
Freshman Tamilia Wright came in fourth in the women's triple jump with a distance of 11.48m (37-08.00).
Sophomore Laney Browder came in fifth in the women's 3000m after stopping the clock in 10:50.59.
Archie-McMillan took fifth in the 400m finals after stopping the clock at 57.99.
Sophomore Jesse Earnhardt took seventh in the men's long jump with a leap of 6.85m (22-05.75).
The Catamounts will be back in action Jan. 29-30 at the Thundering Herd Invitational in Huntington, W.Va.