Feb. 2, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -
Western Carolina track & field concluded the Hilton Garden Invitational Saturday, wrapping up the two-day meet at the location of the 2013 Southern Conference Indoor Championships, the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.
As part of Head Coach Danny Williamson's strategy of putting athletes in different than normal events this weekend in preparation for the SoCon Championships, Jocelyn Keen ran the mile for the first time this season. Keen fared well, notching a sixth place finish. Keen ran a 5:04.79, the fastest WCU time of the season in the event.
Freshman Tayla Carter - who tied the WCU 60m dash record a week ago - bested her own SoCon-leading time in the 200m dash as she ran a 24.70. Carter's time is just off the Western Carolina 200m record, a 24.51 time from Raquel Ramseur that was set in 2006. Teammate Brittany Diggs crossed the line in 25.61, finishing in eleventh.
Western Carolina's men also fared well in the 200m dash picking up two top-six finishes. The reigning Southern Conference Track Athlete of the Week - Brandon Hairston - placed fourth overall as the third best collegiate finisher, running a 22.36. Teammate Jerry Wickerson finished sixth with his time of 22.49.
In the men's mile, senior Garrett West earned tenth place, crossing the stripe in 4:22.17. Michael Cornwell placed 20th with his time of 4:26.46.
In the women's 3000m run, senior Mara Smith finished just outside of the top 10 placing eleventh overall with her time of 10:18.99. On the men's side, Chase Fisher placed 20th in 8:57.21.
Sophomore Kyle Bernier
earned a top-5 finish in the men's heptathlon. Bernier tallied 3776 points to finish fifth.
The women's 4x400-meter relay team comprised of Shiniqua Pryor, Achsah Brice, Kiyonna Morgan and Michaela Williams finished fifth in 3:55.65.
A day after setting the WCU weight throw record, Alisha Bradshaw recorded a 13.52m throw in the shot put to earn second place. Freshman Jasmin Brown joined Bradshaw in the top-10 placing eighth (12.64m). In the men's event, freshman Jared Johnson threw a personal record 14.68m to finish eighth.
Keith Leonard cleared a season-high 4.60m (eighth) in the pole vault with teammate Justin Tripplett placing tenth (4.45m).
Next weekend, the Purple and Gold take the short trip down to Clemson, S.C., for the Tiger Paw Invitational, beginning Friday and going through Saturday.