JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The Western Carolina men's and women's track & field team visited Johnson City, Tenn., for the second time this indoor season to compete in the Buccaneer Invitational Friday. WCU qualified 16 athletes for Saturday finals while picking up 15 other top-10 finishes on the day.
WCU's top finisher on the day was freshman Shawnda Martin who won the 5,000m event after completing the distance in 18:17.73 which would rank as the top time on last season's squad and is currently the top time this season.
Senior Chenell Bryan picked up a second place finish in the women's long jump as she touched down at 5.71m (18-09.00).
Sophomore Simone Williams led a group of three Catamounts in the women's weight throw as she placed third with a toss of 16.85m (55-03.75). Senior Hailey Cook finished one spot back in third with a mark of 16.69m (54-09.25) while junior Alisha Blackmon came in at eighth with a distance of 15.39m (50-06.25).
The men also excelled in the weight throw as four Catamounts placed in the top-10. Senior Scott Peretin led the way in fourth with a toss of 17.33m (56-10.50). Next in line was sophomore Dakota Wright who placed sixth with a mark of 17.09m (56-01.00). Junior Chase Stehling finished one spot back in seventh after tossing the element 16.44m (53-11.50) while junior Mateius Brown finished in ninth after stopping the tape at 14.91m (48-11.25).
The women's distance medley relay team took fourth in the 4,000m race as they completed the distance in 12:34.21. The men also excelled in the DMR as they placed fifth with a time of 10:37.45.
Senior Korie Bennett and junior Meghan Breden tied for fifth in the women's pole vault as they each cleared 3.50m (11-05.75). The women also picked up a top-five finish in the pentathlon as sophomore Marisa Scott compiled 2,406 points over the five events.
Sophomore Ashley Parker was WCU's final top-10 finisher as she tied for eighth in the women's high jump after clearing 1.58m (5-02.25).
The 16 qualifiers from Friday will compete in the event finals on Saturday along with a number of other events as the Catamounts wrap up action at the Buccaneer Invitational.