Jan. 19, 2012
Boone, N.C. -
Western Carolina junior Brandon Hairston moved into the Catamount record book with a 300m dash time of 34.62 at the 2012 Appalachian Split Meet Open on the campus of rival Appalachian State.
Hairston's record bested the 300m record previously held by Joe Hyman (34.73) set back in 1999. All told, WCU finished with 50 top-five finishes and 14 overall wins.
"Today was a low-key competition, but it was good for our team to be able to step it up a notch in competition mode," said head coach Danny Williamson. "We have people feeling good about themselves and that is a step in the right direction."
The Catamounts competed well on the track winning the men's 55m, 400m and 500m races. In the 55m dash, junior Willie Bowman picked up his first win in the event with a time of 6.47. Brandon Hairston and Benny Davis ran in the event for the first time as Hairston finished second with a time of 6.51 while Davis came in fifth (6.59).
WCU won the top-three spots in the 400m with Aaron Tribble winning in 49.77. Demari Boswell (50.05) and Ammar Phillips (50.83) rounded out the top-three. A similar situation occurred in the 500m with Aaron Harris (1:06.22), Tyler Bentley (1:11.08), Marquis Bailey (1:11.25) and Abraham Faison (1:11.91) took the top-four spots.
On the women's side, Catamounts filled the top ten in the 55m dash. Raven Parrish and Janise Robinson tied for the top spot in the event as both finished second with matching times of 7.38. Shiniqua Pryor (fifth, 7.43), Felisha Garren (sixth, 7.49) and Taylor Feimster (eighth, 7.52) all claimed top ten spots.
Robinson and Feimster finished one and two in the 200m dash with Robinson winning in 26.25. Four of the top-five finishers in the 500m wore Purple and Gold with freshman Lena Elliott
winning the event in 1:16.97. Classmate Genevieve Emrick
took second with a time of 1:18.00.
Murertown, Va.-native Mara Smith claimed the top spot in the 3000m run with a personal best time of 10:35.65. Smith was followed by teammates Olivia Jacobs (10:48.35) and Aleshia Reese (10:49.13).
Picking up her first win of her career was freshman Xaviera Bass in the 55-meter hurdles. Bass crossed the line in 8.48. Classmate Alisha Bradshaw also picked up her first victory in the shot put with a personal best throw of 12.02m.
Next weekend the Catamounts will return to action in the Niswonger Invitational with the meet beginning on Friday, Jan. 27.