Feb. 17, 2014
Birmingham, Ala. - Tayla Carter set the school record in the 200m leading the Catamounts at the Southern Miss Cupid Classic as Western Carolina makes its final preparations for the Southern Conference Championship Meet in two weeks.
Carter ran a time of 24.28 in the 200m placing her in fourth place and topping the WCU all-time 200m record. Her mark also puts her atop the SoCon performance list in the 200m and is the second event that she leads in the conference heading into the indoor championship in two weeks.
In the 60m section A prelims Carter ran a time of 7.50 placing her second and qualifying her for the finals. Carter held her second place finish, but slipped a hundredth of a second in the finals finishing with a time of 7.51. Her time of 7.50 is one tenth of a second faster than any time turned in by another SoCon runner.
Genevieve Emrick ran a personal best time of 55.15 in the 400m as she took fifth. Her time vaulted her to the top of the SoCon performance list.
In the 800m, Hayley Tomlinson picked up her sixth, fifth place finish of the 2013-14 indoor season with a time of 2:12.59 placing her in fifth place. Her time moved her into fourth place on the SoCon performance list heading into the SoCon meet and was eight tenths of a second faster than her previous season best time.
In the 60m hurdles section A, two Catamounts qualified for the finales with Brittany Diggs and Shermell Wilkins running near identical times in the prelims, 9.00 and 9.01 respectively placing them in seventh and eighth. In the finals, Wilkins picked up the pace running a personal best time of 8.97 finishing in sixth place, while Diggs slipped in the finals turning in a time of 9.27 finishing in eighth place. Wilkins' time of 8.97 in the finals and Diggs' time of 9.00 moved the duo into fourth and fifth place on the SoCon performance list.
In the section B 60m hurdles, Xaveria Bass ran a time of 8.72 in the prelims for fifth place lifting her into the finals. Her prelim time, was a new personal best and moved the junior into second on the SoCon performance list. In the finals, Bass crossed the finish line in a time of 8.97 finishing in seventh place. Bass followed up her 60m hurdle performance with a first place finish in the high jumper with a distance of 1.70m match her season best mark. Bass is ranked fourth in the SoCon .06 meters (2.25 inches) out of first place.
WCU's Anisia Starege finished in third in the high jump with a height of 1.70m, while teammate Molly Fagan took fifth clearing the bar at a height of 1.65m matching her best height of the season.
The Catamounts 4x400m relay team of Corina Archie-McMillan, Genevieve Emrick, Lena Elliott and Carter won the event with a time of 3:47.11 ranking the group second in the SoCon performance list. WCU DMR team, comprised of Tomlinson, Michaela Birek, Kaitlyn Shetler and Jocelyn Keen also took the top podium spot after a time of 12:31.05.
Alisha Bradshaw continued to put together a strong indoor campaign heading into the conference's indoor championship as she finished in fifth place with a distance of 17.37m in the weight throw and finished in eighth in a distance of 13.27m in the shot put.
On the men's side, Jeffery Hendricks qualified for the 60m section B finals with a time of 6.95 putting the junior in eight place. Hendricks moved up a spot in the finals finishing in seventh with a time of 6.96. In the section B 60m race, Jerry Wickerson picked up a top 10 finish with a time of 6.99.
Earl Rahming turned in his best time of the year in the 400m with a time of 49.44 for tenth place, and in the 800m Jamie Bigby took 14th with a time of 1:56.91 for his best time and the second best time by a Catamount this season.
In the mile, Michael Cornwell took 10th after a new personal best time of 4:19.72. His mark shattered his old personal mark by six seconds. His time is also the best time by a Catamount runner this season.
Travis Alfaro set a new season-high in the 3,000m with a time of 8:49.46 narrowly finishing inside the top 15 with a 14th place finish.
In the 60m hurdles, Abraham Faison qualified for the section B finals with a time of 8.27 in fourth place, but Faison failed to register a time in the finals.
WCU's 4x400m relay team of Rahming, Demari Boswell, Adrian Ortado and Aaron Harris took third in race with a time of 10:20.65. The team's time ranks them second in the SoCon heading into the championship meet. The Catamounts' DMR team of Cornwell, Eric Blake, Bigby and JC Cornett followed suit with another third place finish after a time of 10:20.65.
Christian Carswell recorded a top 15 finish taking 15th with a height of 1.90m, while three more Catamounts recorded top 15 finishes in the pole vault. Dustin Triplett took 12th with a height of 4.45m, Sam Lusty with a height of 4.45m, while Keith Leonard took 15th with the same height. The trio was separated by tries in previous heights. Lusty's height of 4.45m was a new personal best.
Josh McSwain jumped a distance of 6.67m in the long jump for 19th place setting a new personal best.
In the triple jump, David Johnson finished in third place with a distance of 14.78m, while McSwain followed in ninth with a distance of 14.24m.
Jared Johnson picked up a 12th place finish in the weight throw with a distance of 16.67m.
The Catamounts will take the next week off before returning to competition at the Southern Conference Championship on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday March 2.