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Catamounts Claim Women's SoCon Track & Field Title

For the sixth time, a WCU male athlete was named Most Outstanding Athlete as Brandon Hairston earned it for the Catamounts.

Feb. 24, 2013

Complete Results

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Western Carolina women's track & field team won its seventh-ever women's SoCon Indoor Championship Sunday afternoon at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C., while the men finished third overall. Western's women held a four and a half point lead over rival Appalachian State going into the final event, the women's 4x400-meter relay.

The Western Carolina women then did what they have down for the last six years by winning the relay event, finishing close to seven seconds ahead of Appalachian State who placed second. The Catamounts - consisting of Genevieve Emrick, Lena Elliott, Jocelyn Keen and Tayla Carter - ran a 3:47.95, the fastest time the women have posted this season by three seconds.

"It was a total team effort and a great job of preparation by the ladies and all of our coaches," said head coach Danny Williamson. "I am very proud of all the effort. Our men did an outstanding job of fighting and battling until the very end. They fought as hard as any other team in the past has. Again, the effort that all of our kids gave was special, especially for our women, topping it off with the SoCon Indoor Championship."

The women picked up a total of four wins to go with a multitude of top-eight finishes to earn the SoCon title.

After tying the Southern Conference record in the 60-meter dash, freshman Tayla Carter picked up her first SoCon title as she won the event with a time of 7.45, .02 seconds behind her record-tying from yesterday. Senior Raven Parrish (7.69) and Janise Robinson (7.77) finished fifth and sixth to bring in seven points to go along with Carter's 10 points.



Carter - who set a new WCU record in the 200m yesterday at 24.50 - placed second (24.66) behind Appalachian State's three-time 200m dash winner Breanna Alston. Brittany Diggs ran a 25.15 to finish fifth.

Sophomore Alisha Bradshaw completed her sweep of the throws after winning the shot put yesterday with her win in the weight throw on Sunday. Bradshaw threw a long of 17.56m on her first toss which was enough for first.

Devyn Ressler had an outstanding day in the pole vault as the Charlotte, N.C., native picked up her first win of the season and a personal record en route to the SoCon pole vault title. Ressler successfully cleared 3.75m for the win. Senior Ashley Wala tied for third, also clearing 3.75m which was also a personal best for her.

The women's 60m hurdles brought in 11 points for the Catamounts with Brittany Diggs earning five points with her fourth place finish (8.87), Xaviera Bass four points in fifth place (9.05) and Shermell Wilkins two points in seventh (9.32).

Three Catamount women finished in the top seven of the 400-meter dash led by sophomore Genevieve Emrick in third (57.49). Freshmen Kendra Douglas (58.90) and Corina Archie-McMillan (59.15) placed sixth and seventh.

Jocelyn Keen led three Catamounts who earned points in the 800m run, finishing second (2:12.26) with Hayley Tomlinson (2:14.36) and Lena Elliott (2:14.89) placing fifth and sixth.

Two Catamounts earned points in the triple jump as freshman Achsah Brice placed third with a jump of 11.82m while senior Brittany Powell placed eighth with her jump of 11.08m.

WCU took three of the top five spots in the men's 200-meter dash as Brandon Hairston won the event with a time of 22.12. Demari Boswell placed fourth with his time of 22.42 with teammate Aaron Tribble finishing just behind Boswell in fifth with his time of 22.46. In the 60m, Hairston placed second (6.86) finishing a mere .01 seconds behind Samford's Justin Emerson. Teammate Ron Duncan placed third (6.87) with freshman Jermaine Lewis crossing the stripe in 7.07 to finish seventh.

In the first field event to be completed Sunday, senior Jamie Van Pelt threw a career-best 18.26m toss in the weight throw to earn second place and eight points for the Catamount men. WCU earned an additional eight points as Joe Korac threw 16.62m for a fourth place finish and freshman Jared Johnson earned sixth with his throw of 15.39m.

Reigning men's SoCon Outdoor 400-meter dash champion Aaron Harris added an indoor title to his collection with a win in the event on Sunday, running a 49.15, finishing just thousandths of a second in front of teammate Earl Rahming who placed second. Hairston earned his third top three finish of the day with a time of 49.35, while Aaron Tribble rounded out the top five, crossing the stripe in 49.78

In the men's 5000m run, two Western Carolina runners earned points with Josey Weaver placing fourth (14:46.39) and Travis Alfaro placing eighth (15:02.14). Weaver's time is a personal best for the senior as he breaks his own WCU record in the event.

Bob McNeil finished second in the men's triple jump with a leap of 14.76m with teammate Sam Lusty placing sixth (13.93m).

The men's 4x400-meter relay team set a new facility record at the JDL Fast Track with its winning time of 3:17.95. Aaron Tribble, Aaron Harris, Earl Rahming and Brandon Hairston made up the team for the Catamounts.

For their efforts over the past two days, several athletes and head coach Danny Williamson earned individual awards. Head coach Danny Williamson - who won his 24th overall Southern Conference title which includes outdoor championships - was named the Women's Southern Conference Coach of the Year. It is the 30th time that Williamson has received a Southern Conference Coach of the Year honor with it being the eleventh time that he has received it for being named the SoCon Indoor Women's Coach of the Year.

Senior Brandon Hairston came away with big honors Sunday as he was named the Men's Most Outstanding Athlete and Most Outstanding Track Performer. On the women's side, Alisha Bradshaw was named Most Outstanding Field Performer as Tayla Carter was named the Freshman of the Year.

Men's Team Results - Final

1. Appalachian State 183.50

2. Samford 179

3. Western Carolina 161.50

4. Davidson 30

5. UNCG 29

6. Chattanooga 27

6. The Citadel 27

8. Furman 22

9. Wofford 3

Women's Team Results - Final

1. Western Carolina 149

2. Appalachian State 143.50

3. Samford 139

4. Elon 81

5. Georgia Southern 70.50

6. The Citadel 21

7. College of Charleston 18

8. Chattanooga 13

9. UNCG 9

10. Wofford 8

11. Davidson 7

12. Furman 4

Men's Individual Awards

Most Outstanding Athlete

Brandon Hairston, Western Carolina

Most Outstanding Track Performer

Brandon Hairston, Western Carolina

Women's Individual Awards

Most Outstanding Field Performers

Alisha Bradshaw, Western Carolina


Freshman of the Year

Tayla Carter, Western Carolina


Coach of the Year

Danny Williamson, Western Carolina


Men's All-Freshman Team - Day 1

High Jump

Christian Carswell, Western Carolina


Shot Put

Jared Johnson, Western Carolina


Women's All-Freshman Team - Day 1


Shermell Wilkins, Western Carolina


Shot Put

Jasmin Brown, Western Carolina


Men's All-Freshman Team - Day 2


Dustin Tripplett, Western Carolina


Weight Throw

Jared Johnson, Western Carolina


60m Dash

Jermaine Lewis, Western Carolina


Women's All-Freshman Team - Day 2

Pole Vault

Devyn Ressler, Western Carolina


Triple Jump

Achsah Brice, Western Carolina


Weight Throw

Jasmin Brown, Western Carolina


60m Dash

Tayla Carter, Western Carolina


400m Dash

Kendra Douglas, Western Carolina

Corina Archie-McMillan, Western Carolina