Jan. 26, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. -
Freshman Tayla Carter tied a seven-year old Western Carolina record in the 60-meter dash as the Catamounts wrapped up the McCravy Memorial Meet at the University of Kentucky, Saturday.
The recently-named Southern Conference Track Athlete of the Week, Carter ran a 7.65 in the 60m in the preliminaries of the event to earn an initial seventh fastest time in the 60-meters. In the finals of the event later in the afternoon, Carter ran the record-tying time to earn a fourth place finish, the highest overall finish of any Catamounts. The record was originally set in 2006 by former WCU athlete Tangelia Johnson.
On the men's side, sophomore Jerry Wickerson had a great day for the Catamounts. Wickerson earned two top 10 finishes on the day in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes. Wickerson - who held the SoCon's fastest 60m time prior to this weekend - ran a 6.92 to place sixth. Wickerson earned his second sixth place finish matching his personal-best in the 200-meter dash, 22.08.
In the men's 400-meter dash, three Catamounts earned top 15 finishes led by Brandon Hairston who placed seventh. Hairston ran a season-best 48.22 in the event while teammates Aaron Tribble (48.92-12th) and Earl Rahming (15th-49.21) rounded out the top 15.
On the women's side in the 400m, sophomore Genevieve Emrick - who also holds the current best time in the SoCon - was the sixth fastest collegiate time (56.52) and ninth overall.
In the women's mile, senior Mara Smith finished a mere second off her personal-best, placing 16th with her time of 5:05.88. Freshman Kaitlyn Shetler ran a 5:17.41 (28th).
The women's 800-meter run was also a strong race for the Catamounts as three finished in the top 14 led by sophomore Lena Elliott
. Elliott placed tenth running 2:14.97 while Hayley Tomlinson
followed Elliott in eleventh running a 2:15.01.
placed fourteenth with her time of 2:25.28.
Nolan Clark ran a personal-best and a team-best for 2013 in the mile with his time of 4:18.18 to finish sixteenth. Senior Garrett West ran a 4:20.88 to place 24th.
Both 4x400-meter relays placed in the top eight with the men's team running the fastest time of the year. Aaron Tribble, Brandon Hairston, Aaron Harris and Earl Rahming ran a 3:15.53 to finish fourth while the women's team placed eighth with a 3:50.95.
"We had some athletes who did some very positive things this weekend, but we also had some who did some things that weren't so positive," said head coach Danny Williamson.
"Our goal is to try to work on getting the percentage of those doing positive things higher. There was great competition this weekend and some of our kids did an outstanding job. I feel like we did a good job, but we still have some things to do to become a better caliber Southern Conference team. If we're going to make a run at the SoCon Championship, we'll have to continue to improve. And we'll work to do that."
Next weekend the Catamounts head to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Hilton Garden Invitational.