Feb. 23, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina's men's and women's track & field teams both currently sit in third place after the first day of the Southern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem. With plenty more points left for grabs on Sunday, the WCU women currently have 33.5 points while the men have 38.5.
Tayla Carter continued her phenomenal freshman season as she added another bullet to her resume on Saturday afternoon. Carter - who already holds the WCU 60-meter dash record - matched GSU's Nicole Brown's 2005 record in the event as she ran a 7.43, the fastest time in the 60m prelim. Carter continued her record-setting day as she set the WCU 200-meter dash record with her prelim time of 24.50, just a mere .01 seconds faster than Raquel Ramseur's 24.51 from 2006. Teammates Raven Parrish (7.62) and Janise Robinson (7.71) join Carter in Sunday's 60m final as the two ran season-best times with Brittany Diggs qualifying for the 200m.
Sunday's men's 60m dash final looks to be a tight race as the top four were separated by only .05 seconds. Western's Ron Duncan came out on top with his preliminary time of 6.84. Brandon Hairston and Jermaine Lewis join Duncan in the final as they ran the third and eighth fastest times, respectively.
In the women's 60-meter hurdles prelims, Western Carolina qualified three for Sunday's finals as Brittany Diggs (8.80), Xaviera Bass (8.98) and Shermell Wilkins (9.17) all qualified for Sunday's final. Diggs ran the second fastest time - a personal-best - in the event. On the men's side, the Catamounts will have four in the final as Marquis Bailey (8.21), Sam Lusty (8.23), Abraham Faison (8.26) and Tyler Bentley (8.42) all placed in the top eight. Bailey, Lusty and Faison ran second through fourth.
In the women's pentathlon, sophomore Michaela Birek earned six points for the women as she placed third with a total of 3330 points, just two points behind second place finisher Ashley Cope of Samford. Aleshia Reese tallied two points in the 3000m run as the sophomore placed seventh with her time of 10:07.96. Reese's time was a personal-best.
In the 400-meter dash, WCU's women will have three in the final as Kendra Douglas led the way for the Catamounts with her time of 57.70. The men's side will also bring many points for the Purple and Gold as WCU took four out of the top five times. Aaron Tribble led them all with his time of 49.39. Tribble led the way in the 200-meter dash as well, with two of his teammates - Brandon Hairston and Demari Boswell - qualifying for the final.
Another record for the Catamounts came in the women's Distance Medley Relay. Jocelyn Keen, Genevieve Emrick, Lena Elliott and Mara Smith ran a Western Carolina record 11:52.62, knocking six seconds off the previous record from 2008, to finish nine seconds ahead of the second place Chattanooga team. The win gave the Catamount women 10 points in the overall competition. The men's team earned six points as the quartet of Garrett West, Ammar Phillips, Aaron Harris and Nolan Clark placed third.
Sophomore Alisha Bradshaw picked up another win for Western Carolina as she won the shot put with a personal-best toss of 14.28m. Redshirt freshman Jasmin Brown also threw a personal-best as she pointed with her seventh place finish throwing 12.99m. Freshman Jared Johnson earned a second place finish in the event throwing a personal record 15.56m. Teammate and senior Jamie Van Pelt finished just outside of the top eight, placing ninth with his toss of 14.61m.
Bob McNeil and Sam Lusty finished five, six in the long jump while senior Raven Parrish notched a fifth place, four-point pick-up for the women as she jumped 5.57m. Three Catamounts earned points in the men's high jump with Aaron Tribble rounding out his big day with a third place finish of 1.98m. Christian Carswell (1.88m) and Bob McNeil (1.88m) placed sixth and seventh to give the men 10.5 points from the event. Xaviera Bass totaled 4.5 points as she tied for fourth in the women's event with her clearing of 1.62m.
Samford leads both the men's and women's standings after the first day with Elon in second on the women's side and Appalachian State on the men's.
Sunday begins with the conclusion of the men's heptathlon at 9:15 a.m. and ends with the 4x400-meter relays with the awards ceremony to follow at 4:40 p.m.
For live results of all of Sunday's events, click on the link on CatamountSports.com. For a full recap and final results, check back at CatamountSports.com.