Feb. 1, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -
The Western Carolina track & field teams began competition in the Hilton Invitational at the JDL Fast Track, Friday. The Catamounts tallied a win and nine top 10 finishes to go along with Alisha Bradshaw's record-setting performance.
In the women's weight throw, Bradshaw threw a 16.91m toss on her second attempt to best Valerie Metz's 16.64m throw back in 2000. The sophomore's previous best was a 15.89m throw in the first meet of the season. Bradshaw earned third place overall in the event. Senior Jamie Van Pelt also threw a personal record on the men's side as the Tampa, Fla., native tossed a 17.45m on his first throw to earn seventh place.
Much of Friday was consumed by the multi-events. Western Carolina's Michaela Birek placed fifth overall in the event with 3258 points, receiving a boost for her first place finish in the 800m run (2:27.62). On the men's side in the heptathlon, Kyle Bernier will complete the events tomorrow.
Several track events were run today including the women's 60-meter dash. No Catamount qualified for the finals in the event, but Janise Robinson ran the fourteenth fastest time crossing the line in 7.79, a season-best for the junior.
In the women's 400-meter dash, sophomore Genevieve Emrick - the SoCon leader in the event - placed second in her heat to finish third overall. Emrick ran just off her season-best time, finishing in 57.03. Teammates Corina Archie-McMillan (59.09) and Kendra Douglas (59.33) each won their respective heats and placed fourteenth and fifteenth overall.
On the men's side in the 400m event, WCU picked up its first win of the day. Junior Aaron Harris led the crowded, 87-man field with his time of 49.36. The win is the first for Harris since earning the SoCon 400m title at the outdoor championships last season.
In the women's triple jump, junior Brittany Powell notched a personal record for the second consecutive week. The Alpharetta, Ga., native threw a long of 11.61m to place eighth, besting her toss of 11.47m last week in the McCravy Memorial.
The women's pole vault featured three Catamounts in the top 10 with Ashley Wala leading the way in third place. Wala cleared a season best 3.55m - just shy of her career high 3.60m. Behind Wala were Korie Bennett (3.35m-9th) and Kayla Heineike (3.25m-10th).
The Catamounts conclude the Hilton Invitational tomorrow as the heats for the 60m hurdles begin the day on the track at 10:00 a.m. as the women's shot put, men's high jump and the women's long jump take place on the field. The final event of the day is the 4x400-meter relay at 7:10 p.m.
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