HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Western Carolina men's 4x400m relay team snapped the meet and facility record on the final day of the Thundering Herd Invitational Saturday as WCU picked up 16 top-10 finishes on the day. Junior Henry Kiedi, freshman Devaniel Dale, sophomore Caleb Albrecht and junior Dakota Lamont teamed up to break the meet and facility record as they completed the 1600m distance in 3:15.53 which broke the previous record set by WCU last season at the Thundering Herd Invitational.
The time is just four seconds off the WCU school record and is two seconds faster than the best 4x400m time last season.
Junior Thor Smith picked up a second place finish in the men's pole vault as he cleared 4.55m to beat all but one competitor.
Freshman Di'Joun Huitt also picked up a second place finish as he took silver in the men's triple jump with a leap of 14.61m. Junior Kevin Hires came in five spots back in seventh with a distance of 13.84m. Huitt also picked up a top-10 finish in the men's long jump as he placed sixth after stopping the tape at 6.51m.
Arnaut took fifth in the women's 400m as she crossed the line in 57.12 which is her personal best time as a collegiate athlete.
Senior Hailey Cool placed sixth in the women's shot put with a toss of 14.40m while Kiedy finished sixth in the men's 200m after stopping the clock at 22.08 which was just .06 off his fastest time last season.
Freshman Anthony Richardson placed eighth in the men's 60m hurdles as he ran 8.49 in the prelims and 8.45 in the finals. Both times would have been nearly a tenth of a second faster than WCU's best time in the event last season. Sophomore J'len Wilson took ninth in the event with a time of 8.49 while sophomore Devyn Montel Jones placed 10th after crossing the line in 8.50.
The final top-10 finisher was freshman Imani Bennett who took ninth in the women's triple jump with a leap of 11.65m.
WCU will now turn its attention to the Buccaneer Invitational hosted by ETSU, Feb. 2-4.