Jan. 18, 2013
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -
The Western Carolina track & field team got out to a strong start at the 35th Annual Niswonger Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn., Friday with many athletes qualifying for Saturday's finals and the Catamounts picking up five top five finishes.
Western Carolina fared well in both the men's and the women's 400-meter dashes as the Catamounts had a combined six student-athletes in the top 10 with three advancing to tomorrow's finals.
On the men's side, Brandon Hairston led the way running a 49.19. Aaron Tribble also qualified for the finals as he ran the fifth fastest time (49.71) with freshman Earl Rahming finishing with the seventh fastest time - one spot away from qualifying - with his 49.94. Demari Boswell ran the ninth fastest time (50.09).
Sophomore Genevieve Emrick ran ahead of the 76 person field of the women's 400-meter dash, running the fastest preliminary time of 57.92. Teammate Corina Archie-McMillan ran the tenth fastest time in the prelims, but only the top six advanced to Saturday's finals.
In the women's pole vault finals, sophomore Devyn Ressler and senior Ashley Wala placed third and fourth, each clearing 3.35m.
Shermell Wilkins and Brittany Diggs finished just outside of the 12 qualifiers for the 60m hurdles, as the pair finished thirteenth (9.42) and fourteenth (9.51), respectively.
In the men's 60-meter hurdles, Marquis Bailey, Tyler Bentley and Justin D'Angelo all qualified for Saturday's finals. Bailey and Bentley tied for seventh with matching times of 8.62 while D'Angelo ran a 8.75.
In the men's weight throw finals, senior Jamie Van Pelt
placed fifth with a throw of 16.36m while teammate Joe Korac
picked up an eighth place finish (15.26m). Andy Benesh
rounded out the top 10 as the Catamounts' thrower tossed a throw of 14.12m.
Tayla Carter and Raven Parrish qualified for the finals of the 60m dash with Carter running a 7.64 (third) and Parrish a 7.75 (eighth). In the men's race, Ron Duncan ran the fourth fastest time (6.88) with Jerry Wickerson (6.95) and Brandon Hairston (6.95) each qualifying as well.
Carter qualified for her second finals as the freshman ran a 24.96 to put her with the fourth fastest time in the 200-meter dash going into Saturday.
In one of the final events of the evening, senior Josey Weaver followed up his thrilling win in the 3000m run a week ago with a second place finish in the 5000m. Weaver ran a 14:53.21, finishing behind USC Upstate's Gilbert Kemboi who ran a 14:39.31. Teammate Nolan Clark also earned a top five finish, taking the fifth spot with his time of 15:08.11.
Saturday's schedule begins early in the morning with the women's 5000-meter run kicking off the day at 8 a.m. The afternoon session begins at noon with the men's long jump and pole vault in the field with the women's distance medley relay starting the collegiate track events in the afternoon at 4 p.m.