JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The Western Carolina men's and women's track & field teams opened up the 2017 portion of their indoor season Friday at the ETSU Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn. The Catamounts qualified five runners for Saturday finals while nine others picked up top-10 finishes.
Junior Dakota Lamont qualified in the top position in the men's 400m as he circled the track in 48.98. Freshman Devaniel Dale will join Lamont in the finals as he placed eighth in the prelims with a time of 50.47.
Freshman Jazmine Gooden qualified in the second position on the women's side in the 60m hurdles as she clocked in at 8.83.
Freshman Di'Joun Huitt took second in the men's triple jump as he touched down at 14.75m (48-04.75). The mark would have ranked second on the Catamount squad a season ago.
Senior Hailey Cook picked up where she left off last season as she picked up a second place finish in the weight throw. Her toss stopped the tape at 15.82m (51-11.00). Sophomore Simone Williams took sixth in the event as she turned in a mark of 14.95m (49-00.75).
Sophomore transfer J'len Wilson qualified third in the men's 60m hurdles as he crossed the line in 8.32. The time is 25 hundredths faster than WCU's best 60m hurdle time a season ago.
Freshman Imani Bennett placed third in the women's triple jump while senior Tiffani Lewis placed fourth. Bennett stopped the tape at 11.83m (38-09.75) while Lewis turned in a 11.68m (38-04.00) performance. Lewis also qualified for the finals in the 60m as she placed eighth with a time of 7.81.
WCU's best event came in the men's weight throw as four Catamounts placed in the top-10. Junior Chase Stehling came in fourth with a mark of 17.01m (55-10.00) while senior Scott Peretin placed fifth after tossing the element 16.65m (54-07.75). Sophomore Dakota Wright was the next in line as he placed sixth with a distance of 16.46m (54-00.25) while junior Mateius Brown came in 10th at 14.97m (49-01.75).
The final top-10 performer was sophomore Ashley Parker who tied for ninth in the women's high jump after she cleared 1.55m (5-01.00).
The Catamounts will close out the ETSU Invitational Saturday with action starting at 8 am.