ATLANTA, Ga. - The Western Carolina track & field team had several strong performances Friday at the Dunamis Super Meet in their final event prior to the Southern Conference Championships. Graduate transfer Ty-Leah Hampton once again led the way as she won the 200m and finished second in the 60m by the slimmest of margins.
Hampton continued her strong season for the Catamounts as she won the women’s 200m and led a trio of Catamounts into the top-four. Hampton crossed the line in 25.15 to earn the victory. She also took second in the 60m. The Eden, N.C., native was edged by just six one-thousandths of a second for the top spot after racing down the track in 7.577.
Junior Dasha Arnaut claimed second in the 200m event as she finished behind Hampton with a time of 25.77. Junior Mia Little finished two spots back as she raced down the track in 26.84 to take fourth.
Reigning Southern Conference Field Athlete of the Week Simone Williams took second in the women’s shot put with a toss of 13.63m (44-08.75), surpassing her previous personal best by more than a foot. Senior Alisha Blackmon finished two spots back in fourth after stopping the tape at 13.01m (42-08.25).
Williams also took second in the women’s weight throw as her and Blackmon finished second and third in the event, respectively. Williams topped her mark from last week, which helped her earn the AOTW honor, by nearly three feet at 17.69m (58-00.50). Blackmon posted a distance of 17.01m (55-09.75).
Senior Mateius Brown earned a second place finish on the men’s side in the shot put as well. He tossed the element 16.56m (54-04.00) to take the spot. Junior Dakota Wright mirrored the women’s side as he took fourth after measuring in at 15.47m (50-09.25).
Freshmen Jaelyn Warren and Autumn James finished second and third, respectively, in the women’s high jump while junior Marisa Scott took fifth. Warren cleared 1.70m (5-07.00) to take the runner-up slot while both James and Scott topped 1.55m (5-01.00).
James also earned a second place finish in the women’s triple jump after touching down at 11.89m (39-00.25) while Scott earned a podium finish in the women’s long jump as she took third with a leap of 5.47m (17-11.50).
Senior Meghan Breden finished in the runner-up role in the women’s pole vault as she took second after clearing 3.65m (11-11.75).
The women’s distance medley relay team picked up a second place finish after combining for a time of 12:08.52. The men’s DMR also took second in their race after crossing the line in 10:28.62.
Sophomore Lindsey Trotter finished on the podium in the women’s 3,000m. The Abingdon, Va., native clocked in at 10:34.53 to claim third in the event.
Senior Kevin Hires and sophomore Nicholas Lyons finished third and fourth, respectively, in the men’s triple jump. Hires led the way with a mark of 14.42m (47-03.75) while Lyons came in at 13.92m (45-08.00).
A trio of Catamounts finished in the top-five of the men’s weight throw led by Wright who took third with a toss of 18.03m (59-02.00). Junior Chase Stehling finished one spot back in fourth after measuring in at 17.47m (57-03.75) while sophomore Daryn Hughes finished in fifth with a distance of 17.21m (56-05.75).
Junior Jordan Bostian crossed the line in fourth in the men’s one mile event. He completed the distance in 4:21.92.
Fellow junior Kaitlyn Lingard took fourth in the women’s 800m as she clocked in at 2:13.91.
Freshman Mike Jones kept the fourth place finishes rolling in the men’s 60m hurdles as he crossed the line in 8.36 to finish just inside the top-five.
Sophomore Justin Tucker earned his first top-five finish of the indoor season as he took fourth in the men’s 3,000m after completing the distance in 9:14.95.
Junior Josh Little picked up a fifth place finish in the men’s 60m after clocking in at 7.08.
The Catamounts will now begin preparations for the 2018 Southern Conference Indoor Championships which will be held Feb. 23-24 in Lexington, Va., on the campus of VMI.