JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The Western Carolina men's and women's track & field teams picked up a trio of event victories Saturday afternoon while placing 20 athletes in top-10 positions. Junior Dakota Lamont, freshman Jazmine Gooden and senior Hailey Cook all picked up victories on Saturday to lead the way for the Catamounts.
Lamont won the men's 400m with a time of 48.64 while junior Henry Kiedi placed sixth after crossing the line in 49.50.
Gooden took the title in the women's 200m as she blazed over the distance in 24.88. Gooden also picked up top-three finishes in the 60m hurdles, where she placed second at 8.69, and the 60m which she finished third in 7.76. Senior Tiffani Lewis finished just ahead of Gooden in the 60m as she came in second with a time of 7.71.
Lewis also finished second in the women's triple jump after touching down at 11.98m (39-03.75). Sophomore Alanna Johnson finished 10th in the triple jump as well as she posted a distance of 11.16m (36-07.50).
Cook led a group of four Catamounts in the women's shot put as she won the event with a toss of 14.45m (47-05.25). Freshman Mahogani Holiday picked up her first top-10 finish as she placed fifth with a mark of 12.40m (40-08.50). Another first time top-10 finisher was freshman Tiffany Dunham who came in one spot back in sixth. Dunham stopped the tape at 12.22m (40-01.25). The final top-10 finisher for WCU in the event was freshman Amy Yarborough who came in ninth after her toss touched down at 11.85m (38-10.75).
Sophomore Dasha Arnaut picked up a second place finish in the women's 400m as she rounded the track in 57.56.
Senior Scott Peretin led a group of three Catamounts in the men's shot put as he placed fourth with a toss of 15.57m (51-01.25). Junior Mateius Brown finished one spot back in fifth with a mark of 14.96m (49-01.25) while sophomore Dakota Wright came in sixth after stopping the tape at 14.60m (47-11.00).
Sophomore Kaitlyn Lingard earned a top-five finish as she placed fourth in the women's 800m after stopping the clock at 2:17.84.
The final top-five finisher was freshman Lindsey Trotter who finished fifth in the women's 3,000m after completing the course in 10:40.57.
Junior Corey Ginley tied for seventh in the men's pole vault after clearing 4.40m (14-05.25). The final top-10 finisher for WCU was junior Kevin Hires who took eighth in the men's triple jump with a leap of 14.02m (46-00.00).
The Catamounts will now begin preparations for the Samford Invitational which will take place Friday, Feb. 10 in Birmingham, Ala.