Jan. 19, 2014
Johnson City, Tenn. - The Western Carolina track and field team's finished the two-day Niswonger Invitational Friday and Saturday for its third meet of the 2013-14 indoor season.
On the men's side, Jeffery Hendricks qualified for the finals in two events. Hendricks ran a time of 6.98 in the 60m prelims finishing in eighth place. He improved on his time in the finals after a time of 6.96 to finish in the fourth place. In the 200m, Hendricks crossed the finish line in 22.38 in 6th place in the prelims. He improved his podium standings but not his time in the finals, as he took fourth after a time of 22.70. Jermaine Lewis ran a personal best time of 7.01 as he finished in 13th place. Hendricks' time in the 200m is the third best time in the Southern Conference during the 2013-14 indoor season. Also In the 200m, Adrian Ortado ran a personal best time of 22.74 as he finished in 15th in the prelims.
Earl Rahming continued his success in the 400m as he ran a time of 49.86 in the prelims finishing in seventh place and qualifying for the finals where he crossed the line after a time of 49.83 improving his standing to third place. Ortado ran another career best with a time of 51.28 in the 400m finishing in 16th.
Freshman JC Cornett ran his collegiate best time of 4:25.95 in the seeded mile event as he took fifth place. His mark is the eighth best time turned in by a Southern Conference runner this season in the mile and the fastest by a Catamount miler. In the unseeded miler sophomore Michael Cornwell crossed the finish line with a time of 4:26.16 setting a new career mark.
Western Carolina had two runners qualify for the finals in the 60m hurdles as Abraham Faison ran a personal best 8.20 to win the preliminary round, and Marquis Bailey took third after a time of 8.41 in the prelims. In the finals, Bailey improved on his time as he crossed the line after a time of 8.32 finishing in third, but Faison slipped to a time of 8.33 finishing in fourth.
The 4x400m relay team of Rahming, Bailey, Ortado and Aaron Harris won the event after getting the baton around the track in a time of 3:18.09. The time is the fastest turned in by a relay team in the SoCon at this point in the indoor season by almost six seconds.
In the three jumping events, Bob McNeil highlighted the WCU jumpers with a distance of 14.62m in the triple jump taking second place and with a distance of 6.84m in the long jump finishing in fifth place. Both his jumps place him second on the SoCon performance list on the season. Christian Carswell finished in the sixth in the high jump with a height of 1.93m.
Dustin Triplett took third in the pole vault with a personal best height of 4.75m tying him for second in the SoCon performance list.
Jared Johnson continues his tear through the throwing events in the indoor season as his distance of 14.83m place him in third place at the meet and put him atop the SoCon list. Johnson took seventh in the weight throw with a distance of 15.67m.
For the women, Tayla Carter ran a time of 7.66 finishing in sixth place in the 60m prelims qualifying the sophomore for the finals where she ran a time of 7.69 but finished in fourth. Carter also finished in eight in the 200m after a time of 25.24 ranking her fifth in the SoCon on the season.
Genevieve Emrick took second in the 400m prelims with a time of 56.44, but ran a time of 57.22 in the finals as she finished in fourth place. Emrick also finished in 17th in the 200m after a time of 25.70. Shiniqua Proyor took 12th in the 400m after a time of 59.39 and Corina Archie-McMillan finished in 16th with a time of 59.55. It was her second top 25 finish of the event as she took 25th with a time of 25.96 in the 200m.
Jocelyn Keen took third place in the 800m seeded race after a time of 2:20.56, while Hayley Tomlinson rank a 2:17.02 in the 800m unseeded taking second. Tomlinson's time placed the senior third on the SoCon indoor list.
Aleshia Reese crossed the finish line in the 5,000m with a time of 18:33.51 good enough for 11th place in the event and ninth on the SoCon indoor lists.
In the 60m hurdles Xaveria Bass took third in the prelims with a time of 8.96, but the junior slowed down in the finals with a time of 9.02 taking fifth place. Shermell Wilkins just missed qualifying for the finals as she took ninth with a time of 9.30. All told, WCU placed six runners in the top 20 in the 60m hurdles as Michaela Birek finished in 11th with a time of 9.35, Kayla Williams finished in 13th with a time of 9.40, LeNiesha Kearse finished in 14th with a time of 9.41 and Brittany Diggs finished in 18th with a time of 9.56.
The WCU relay teams each took third place as the 4x400m team of Archie-McMillan, Emrick, Proyor and Lena Elliott completed the race in a time of 3:52.68, and the DMR team of Tomlinson, Sage Proffitt, Keen and Kaitlyn Shetler got the baton around the track in 12:37.51.
Anisia Starege had her best performance of the season as she took second in the high jump with a height of 1.73m - the best mark by any high jumper in the SoCon. Bass picked up another top 10 finish as she picked up a sixth place finish in the high jump with a height of 1.68m.
Devyn Ressler picked up her second third place finish and third top five finish on the season with height of 3.65m in the pole vault.
Chenell Bryan turned in her best distance of the season in the long jump with a mark of 5.76m givin ghte freshman a second place finish in the event and ranking her atop the SoCon performance list.
Alisha Bradshaw finished in second and third in the shot put and weight throw respectively. Bradshaw had a distance of 17.90m in the weight throw for a new personal best and best distance by a SoCon thrower in the weight throw on the season. She had a distance of 13.80m in the shot put ranking her second in the SoCon.
The Catamounts will continue to build in the 2013-14 indoor season as WCU heads to the UNC Tarheel Challenge on Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 for its next meet.