Jan. 27, 2012
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -Western Carolina men's and women's track and field had a strong showing in the first day of the Niswonger Invitational hosted by East Tennessee State University.
The Catamounts placed 10 sprinters in the finals on Saturday.
Felisha Garren earned the top spot in the prelims of the 400m dash with a time of 54.7. Genevieve Emerick (57.10) and Brittany Diggs (57.80) also made it to the finals of the 400m dash placing sixth and eighth respectively. On the men's side of the 400m dash, Benny Davis took third with a time of 47.07.
Xaviera Bass placed fourth in the prelims, of the 60m hurdles, with a 9.08. Janise Robinson made the finals of the women's 60m dash with a 7.74. Willie Bowman clocked a 6.86 in the men's prelims of the 60m dash to make the finals.
The Catamounts also placed three sprinters in the finals of the 200m dash and one for the men's 200m. Diggs fourth, 25.55, Garren fifth, 25.59 and Shiniqua Pryor eighth with 25.72. Davis was eighth in the prelims of the 200m with a 21.96 to make the finals.
There were numerous events that were finals on the meet on Friday. Jocelyn Keen placed third in the women's 800m run with a time of 2:15.38 and Lena Elliott was eighth with 2:19.35. Garrett West finished seventh for the men with a time of 1:56.44.
In the field, Western Carolina had some strong showings as well. Cara June Elyea tied for fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 3.65. Alisha Bradshaw was eighth in both the weight throw (15.03m) and the shot put (12.35m).