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WCU Track and Field Competes at Wake Forest Invitational

Jan. 11, 2014

Winston-Salem, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's and women's indoor track and field teams competed in the Wake Forest Invitational at the JDL Fast Track with 51 top 15 finishes Saturday afternoon.

On the men's side, Jared Johnson had the best results on the day after finishing in second in the shot put with a distance of 14.30m. He also finished in four in the weight throw with a distance of 16.48m. Andy Benesh took 10th in the shot put after a toss of 12.19m and finished in sixth in the weight throw after distance of 14.80m. Bob McNeil took fifth in the triple jump after a distance of 14.19m. In the pole vault Dustin Triplett and Keith Leonard took sixth and seventh after jumps of 4.40m and 4.30m respectively. In the high jump, Christian Carswell's height of 1.98m placed the sophomore in sixth and set a new personal best. Earl Rahming finished in seventh in the 400m with a time of 49.80. It is second top ten finish in the 400m in two meets this season. Jeffery Hendricks and Jerry Wickerson finished in 10th and 11th with both running a time of 6.96.

WCU's 4x400m relay team that consisted of Earl Rahming, Aaron Harris, Demari Boswell and Aaron Tribble took fourth after getting the baton around the track in 3:22.66.



For the women, Sage Proffitt had the best finish on the day with a second place podium spot in the pole vault after a height of 3.55m. Four Catamounts finished in third place in four different events with Genevieve Emrick took third in the 400m with a time of 56.57. Xaveria Bass finished in third with a distance of 1.67m in the height jump, and Michaela Birek finished in third in the long jump with a distance of 5.60m. Alisha Bradshaw's distance of 15.68m in the weight throw place her in third.

Hayley Tomlinson took fourth in the 800m with a time of 2:20.74. It is her second top five finish in two events this season.

In the 60m hurdles Xaveria Bass qualified for the finals after running a time of 9.01 in the preliminary. She picked it up in the finals with a time of 8.92 good enough for fifth place.

The Catamounts will return to the track with the Niswonger Invitational on Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18.