Seventeen Student-Athletes earned cum laude or higher at Saturday's ceremonies
WCU's Tayla Carter won both the 100m and 200m dashes
The Catamounts are poised for a surge on championship Sunday
Sixty-five Individual top 20 finishers highlight the outdoor opener
Western Carolina University hosted Day One of the Beynon Sports Surfaces Catamount Classic held at the Catamount Athletic Complex Friday.
Scenes from the 2012 SoCon Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Cullowhee, N.C. Photos courtesy of Mark Haskett.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Hayesville High School and was coached by James Saltz ... finished fifth in the state championship in the 110m hurdles as a sophomore ... as a junior, placed fifth in the 300m hurdles in the state championship and was conference champion in the pole vault ... as a senior, placed second in states for the 300m hurdles and 4th in the 110m hurdles ... was conference MVP and regional champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles ... set the Hayesville High School records in the 100m dash and the pole vault.
PERSONAL: Samuel Steven Lusty was born Nov. 22, 1991 in Memphis, Tenn. ... parents are Steven and Ginger Lusty ... played piano for eight years.