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Women Second, Men Third After Day 1 of SoCon Indoor Championships

Sophomore Bob McNeil won the long jump with a personal best 7.25m.

Feb. 23, 2012


At the end of the first day of the 2012 Southern Conference Indoor Championships, Western Carolina’s women’s and men’s teams are in second and third place, respectively. The women’s team has 33 points while the men’s team has 45 points. Appalachian State tops both standings with Samford ahead of the Catamounts on the men’s side with 50.5 points.

Western Carolina’s men’s team collected several points in the long jump as three Catamounts placed in the top six with Bob McNeil winning the event. McNeil leapt 7.25m to win the title. The distance was the farthest for a Catamount this season, beating out Lawren Willard’s 7.05m jump which was the longest in the SoCon previous to the Championship. Freshman Abraham Faison placed fourth (6.62m) and Willie Bowman placed sixth (6.52m).

On the women’s side, sophomore Raven Parrish finished fourth with a jump of 5.52m while freshman Michaela Birek placed sixth (5.30m).

Continuing with the field events, sophomore Matt Stenger finished third in the pole vault with a personal best vault of 4.75m, besting his previous indoor high of 4.27m. Keith Leonard cleared the bar in 4.60m, earning fifth, while Wayne Parker earned seventh with a clearance of 4.45m.

In the shot put, Alisha Bradshaw continued with her successful freshman campaign, earning silver with a personal best throw of 13.58m. Sophomore Jonathan Newton also earned points for the men’s side, finishing fourth with a throw of 14.27m.



The women’s distance medley relay finished second with a season best time of 12:02.71. The young team consisted of freshman Lena Elliott and sophomores Kaylan Lance, Jocelyn Keen and Mara Smith. UNC Greensboro won the relay with a SoCon record breaking time of 11:43.99.

Preliminary races were run on the track on Thursday. Senior Felisha Garren earned a spot in the finals of the 200m dash and the 400m dash, running the fastest times in both events with season best times in both. Garren ran a 24.48 in the 200m and 54.94 in the 400m. Joining Garren in the 200m finals is Brittany Diggs and Raven Parrish. In the 400m, freshman Genevieve Emrick won her heat – earning a spot in the finals as well – with a time of 57.09.

In the men’s prelims, senior Benny Davis and The Citadel’s Brunson Miller are in a battle for the fastest man in the 200m and 400m dashes. Davis and Miller tied for the fastest time in the 200m (21.68) and Miller was the fastest in the 400m (49.71). Davis placed second in the 400m with a time of 49.71. Brandon Hairston –who won his heat – will be in the finals of both events as well as freshman Jeffrey Hendricks.

Hairston also qualified for the 60m dash with a fourth best time of 6.94. Junior Ron Duncan had the second fastest time (6.83) while Willie Bowman qualified for the event with a time of 6.94. Only Western Carolina and Appalachian State qualified three student-athletes apiece in the event.

In the women’s 800m event, Western Carolina will have three participants in tomorrow’s final. Lena Elliott (2:13.38) and Hayley Tomlinson (2:13.87) had the second and third fastest times overall while Janise Robinson –who tied for the fourth fastest time – won her heat with a time of 2:15.10.

Friday’s events begin at 10:15 am with the completion of the men’s heptathlon.


Men’s Team Results – Day 1

1. Appalachian State     62.5

2. Samford                   50.5

3. Western Carolina       45

4. Davidson                  21

5. The Citadel                17

6. UNCG                       14

7. Chattanooga             12

8. Furman                     9

9. Wofford                    3


Women’s Team Results – Day 1

1. Appalachian State                52.16

2. Western Carolina                 33

3. Georgia Southern                31

4. Elon                                     29.33

5. College of Charleston          27

6. Samford                               20

7. UNCG                                  18

8. Wofford                                7.5

T9. Furman                               6

T9. Furman                               6

11. The Citadel                         4


Men’s All-Freshman Team – Day 1

Long Jump: Abraham Faison

Women’s All-Freshman Team – Day 2

High Jump: Xaviera Bass

Pentathlon: Michaela Birek & Anne Greer

Shot Put: Alisha Bradshaw