Feb. 1, 2014
Clemson, S.C. - Western Carolina men's and women's track and field teams used Bob Pollock Classic to improve their rankings in the Southern Conference standings at the two-day meet hosted by Clemson.
On the men's side, Jeffery Hendricks finished fifth with a time of 6.86 in the 60m seeded dash prelims. In the finals, Hendricks slipped to sixth after a time of 6.91. Hendricks; time has him ranked third on the Southern Conference performance list.
In the 60m open dash Jermaine Lewis finished in fourth after an identical time of 7.05 in the prelims and finals. Lewis later went on to take eighth in the 200m after a time of 23.01 - a season best mark.
Earl Rahming, continued his streak of top ten finishes in the 400m race, slipping into the top ten with a time of 50.37 for tenth in the 400m seeded race. Rahming has finished in the top ten in all five indoor meets this season. In the open 400m, Adrian Ortado and Demari Boswell took fourth and fifth respectively after times of 50.74 and 50.94. Ortado's time of 50.74 was a new personal best mark for the sophomore.
Two Catamounts took spots in the top ten in the 800m seeded race with Aaron Harris and Jamie finishing in seventh and ninth after times of 1.56.6 and 4:25.6.
JC Cornett ran the best time of a Catamount this season in the mile with a time of 4:20.6 good enough for eighth place. Cornett is now ranked fifth out of all mile runners in the conference.
Travis Alfaro took fourth in the 5,000m seeded race after a time of 15:03.4 - the lowest time in the 5,000m in the conference in five meets. In the 5,000m open race, Clay Howarth took the top podium spot with a time of 15.29.4 - his best time in two 5,000m races on the season.
Abraham Faison qualified for the 60m hurdles' finals race with a time of 8.28 for eighth in the prelims. Faison held his eighth place spot in the finals after a time of 8.28.
Christian Carswell took sixth in the high jump with a height of 1.96m, while Keith Leonard and Dustin Triplett finished in fifth and seventh respectively after heights of 4.50m each in the pole vault. Leonard's fifth place finish was his best podium finish of the season.
David Johnson had two top ten finishes during the meet with a fifth place finish in the triple jump after a distance of 14.32m and a ninth place finish in the long jump with a distance of 6.81m. Johnson, who already leads the SoCon with the best triple jump, now sits in fourth in the long jump.
Jared Johnson finished in the top ten In both throws events with a fifth place mark of 16.55m in the weight throw and tenth place finish with a distance of 14.11m in the shot put. He has finished in the top ten in all five indoor meets in the weight throw and shot put this season.
For the women, Tayla Carter qualified for the finals in the 60m seeded race after a time of 7.60 for sixth. In the finals, Cater improved her time, 7.54, and podium spot, fifth. Carter added another top ten finish as she won the 200m open race with a time of 25.11.
Kinnari Badger ran her best time of the season in the 60m crossing the finish line in eight seconds good enough for ninth place in the 60m open race.
Genevieve Emrick continues to build on her strong season with a personal best time of 55.98 in the 400m seeded race for fourth place. Emrick now leads all runners in the Southern Conference in the 400m. Corina Archie-McMillan followed with a time of 57.65 for eighth place in the 400m seeded race.
Hayley Tomlinson picked up a third place finished in the 800m seeded race with a time of 2:16.3, while Lena Elliott finished in fourth place crossing the line with a time of 2:16.8. Jocelyn Keen was the third Catamount in the top ten in the race taking sixth place after a time of 2:20.3.
In the 3,000m seeded race, Aleshia Reese took fourth with a time of 10:42.1, while Kaitlyn Shelter won the 3,000m open race with a time of 11:06.9 - a new personal best by two seconds.
Xaveria Bass took seventh qualifying her for the finals in the 60m hurdles seeded race. In the finals Bass clocked a time of 8.81 seconds placing her in fifth and setting a new personal mark for the junior. She also moved into second on the SoCon's 60m hurdles performance list. In the 60m hurdles open race, Shermell Wilkins took third in the prelims with a time of 9.06 for a new personal record. Wilkins slipped to fourth in the finals after a time of 9.16. Wilkins time in the prelims moved her into sixth on the SoCon performance list. Kayla Williams just missed qualifying for the finals as she finished in ninth place after a time of 9.46.
Bass added a second place finish to her meet resume after a height of 1.65m in the high jump. Anisia Starege picked up third place clearing a height of 1.65m on her third attempt.
Alisha Bradshaw, who has finished in the top ten in all five meets this indoor season, took second in the shot put with a distance of 14.04m for a new season-high and fifth in the weight throw after a distance of 17.74m. Bradshaw is ranked second the in the SoCon in the shot put and continues to hold the top spot in the weight throw. Hailey Cook picked up her fourth top ten finish in the shot put finishing eighth after a distance of 12.86m.
WCU is slated to compete at the at the Southern Miss Cupid Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday, February 14 for its next meet.