JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The Western Carolina men’s and women’s track & field teams were finally able to open up their 2018 Indoor campaigns after missing the original season opener back in December due to inclement weather. The Catamounts traveled over the mountains to compete in the ETSU Track & Field Invitational Friday and picked up three event victories and qualified 10 runners for Saturday finals.
Senior Alisha Blackmon picked up a victory in the women’s weight throw as she tossed the element 16.37m (53-08.50). Junior Simone Williams earned a podium finish as she took third with a mark of 15.68m (51-05.50).
Sophomore Di'Joun Huitt led the men’s team with a win in the triple jump. The Catawba, N.C., native touched down at 14.92m (48-11.50) to take the crown. Senior Kevin Hires finished just one spot back in second with a leap of 14.75 (48-04.75).
Freshman Jaelyn Warren picked up a victory in her very first collegiate meet as she won the high jump after clearing 1.70m (5-07).
Three Catamounts picked up top-five finishes in the women’s triple jump. Freshman Autumn James led the way in third as she touched down at 11.66m (38-03.25). Sophomore Makaila McIntyre finished one spot back in fourth after measuring in at 11.59m (38-00.25). The final top-five finisher was sophomore Jada Woods who took fifth after stopping the tape at 11.45m (37-06.75).
Senior Corey Ginley cleared 4.75m (15-07) in the men’s pole vault to earn a third place finish.
Juniors Kaitlyn Lingard and Christina Nikolaou finished in the top five in the women’s 800m. Lingard took fourth with a time of 2:16.96 while Nikolaou finished fifth after crossing the line in 2:19.26.
Junior Caleb Albrecht was the final top-five finisher on the day as he took fourth in the men’s 800m. He stopped the clock at 1:55.60.
The Catamounts will return to action Saturday as they continue to compete in the ETSU Track & Field Invitational.