Jan. 25, 2014
Chapel Hill, N.C. - Western Carolina men's and women's track and field team picked up 60 individual top ten finishers as the Catamounts competed at the UNC Dick Taylor Invitational over the weekend.
On the men's side, Jeffery Hendricks ran a time of 6.95 in the prelims as he and teammate Jerry Wickerson, who finished with a time of 7.05 qualified for the finals in the 60m. Hendricks turned in another time of 6.95 finishing in fourth as Wickerson was a tick slower with a time 7.06 finishing in eighth. The duo also paced the Catamounts in the 200m with Hendricks taking fifth after a time of 22.47 and Wickerson finishing in ninth after running a time of 22.92.
Earl Rahming continued his torrid streak this indoor season with another top five finish in the 400m. Rahming took fourth after a time of 50.26.
In the men's mile, JC Cornett finished just inside the top ten with a time of 4:21.8, while Travis Alfaro took ninth in the 3,000m after completing the race in a time of 8:51.4. Clay Howarth finished two seconds behind Alfaro as he took tenth with a time of 8:53.0.
The Catamounts placed two runners in the top ten in the 60m hurdles as Abraham Faison and Marquis Bailey both qualified for the finals after times of 8.38 and 8.53 respectively in the prelims. Faison finished in fourth in the finals with a time of 8.26, while Bailey ran an 8.42 to finish in seventh.
Christian Carswell finished in fifth in the high jumped with a height of 1.90m, while Jerry Bryant finished in seventh jumping to a height of 1.80m.
Keith Leonard and Dustin Triplett finished in sixth and eighth respectively in the pole vault with a height of 4.55m.
Johnson turned around and won the triple jump with a distance of 14.93m, while McSwain took sixth with a distance of 14.28m. Tyler Bell was the third Catamount inside the top ten with a distance of 13.91m.
In the throws event Jared Johnson finished inside the top ten in the shot put and weight throw. He took fourth in the shot put with a distance of 15.19m and sixth in the weight throw with a distance of 14.76m. Andy Benesh also finished in the top ten in both events. Benesh took fourth in the weight throw with a distance of 14.92m and tenth in the shot put with a distance of 11.52m.
Two Catamounts finished in top ten in the heptathlon - 60m, long jump, shot put, height jump, 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m - as Sam Lusty finished in fifth with a score of 4,598 points and Carswell finished a spot behind in sixth place with a score of 4,437.
On the women's side, Tayla Carter headlined the WCU finishers as she ran a time of 7.66m in the 60m prelims qualifying her for the finals. Carter shaved a tenth of a second off her time in the finals as she earned a third place finish with a time of 7.56m. Jansie Robinson just missed the finals as she took ninth with a time of 7.97.
Aleshia Reese was the lone Catamount inside the top ten in the 3,000m as she completed the race with a time of 10:31.4 good enough for eighth place.
In the 60m hurdles, Xaveria Bass and LeNiesha Kearse each qualified for the finals after times of 8.89 and 9.09 respectively in the prelims. Bass improved on her time in the finals, as she took sixth with a time of 8.84, while Kearse slipped down to 9.17 taking eighth.
Bass picked up her second top five finish of the event with a distance of 1.70m in the high jump earning her third. Molly Fagan followed with a height of 1.60m for seventh with Anisia Starege taking eighth with a height of 1.60m.
Three more Catamounts finished in the top ten in the pole vault with Devyrn Ressler taking fourth clearing the bar at a height of 3.65m. Korie Bennett was a notch behind with a height of 3.50m in sixth place, while Sage Proffitt took tenth with a time of 3.35m.
Kearse earned her second top ten finish as she took eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 10.17m.
In the throws events, Alisha Bradshaw was the headliner for WCU as she took third in the weight throw with a distance of 17.62m and seventh in the shot put after a distance of 13.09m. Megan Withers took ninth in the weight throw with a distance of 14.23m, while Hailey Cook finished in tenth in the shot put with a distance of 12.09m.
Birek earned her second top ten finish as she claimed fourth in the pentathlon with a score of 3,493, while Holly Gaines finished in eighth with 3,118 points.