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Track & Field Posts 11 Top Ten Finishes at Dick Taylor Invite

Freshman Alisha Bradshaw posted a best throw of 14.91m in the weight throw Friday.

Jan. 13, 2012


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Western Carolina track & field puts 11 student-athletes in the top ten on the first day of the 2012 Dick Taylor Invitational on the campus of the University of North Carolina. The meet features more than 20 teams -including rival Appalachian State - from around the Southeast with Day Two set to begin Saturday morning.

The Catamounts were very strong in the weight throw event on both the men's and women's side. In the men's weight throw, Jamie Van Pelt placed fifth (15.16m) while Jonathan Newton threw just shy of his career/season best 13.65m with today's throw of 13.61m, finishing tenth.

Two freshmen placed in the top seven in the weight throw. Alisha Bradshaw placed the higher of the two classmates, posting the highest finish of any Western Carolina athlete, finishing third with a throw of 14.91m. Classmate Aleisha Archie-McMillan improved from the first meet throwing over two meters further on Friday. Archie-McMillan finished seventh with her throw of 13.01m.

Two more Catamount freshman placed in the top ten on Friday. Aleshia Reese picked up her second top ten finish of the season in the 3000m run, placing ninth (10:39.01). Teammate Olivia Jacobs placed thirteenth while just finishing six seconds behind Reese (10:45.20).

Freshman Michaela Birek competed in the long jump for the first time in her WCU career, placing ninth with a leap of 5.32m.

In the men's 60m dash, Western Carolina placed three sprinters in the preliminary top ten. Ron Duncan had the top time (6.94, fourth), followed by Brandon Hairston (6.96, sixth) and Willie Bowman (6.99, ninth). In the finals, Hairston placed fourth with a slightly improved time of 6.95.

Chase Fisher finished fourth in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:50.66. Fisher was just a second off of his career best 8:49.07 which he ran last year.

Sophomore Keith Leonard tied for seventh in the pole vault clearing the bar in 4.30m. Both Distance Medley Relay teams had top five finishes with the men crossing the stripe in 10:36.19 (fifth) and the women in 12:39.52 (fourth).

Western Carolina will wrap up the Dick Taylor Invitational tomorrow at the Eddie Smith Field House with field events beginning at 10 a Saturday. The track events will follow at noon. For live results throughout the meet, visit Complete results and a wrap up can be found following the meet at