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WCU Sweeps 2008 Southern Conference Indoor Track & Field Titles: Manteo Mitchell Blog Included

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Western Carolina's men's and women's track and field teams captured the team titles at the 2008 Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Clemson University Indoor Track Facility on Saturday afternoon.

The men's team title came down to the 4x400 relay to decide the winner with Western Carolina edging The Citadel to win the event and the team title. The Catamounts finished the event in a time of 3:22.59 for the victory.

Western Carolina scored 263 points and slipped past Appalachian State by seven and a half points as the Mountaineers scored 256.50 to finish second.

Western Carolina (172 points) outlasted Appalachian State (167 points) also in the relay to win the women's team title. WCU's 4x400-meter relay team came in first in the event with a time of 3:47.17, their third victory of the season.

Senior Kerrie Savery, who earned the Most Outstanding Performer and Track Performer, won the women's mile with a time of 5:04.26 and was also a part of the winning distance medley relay team on Friday night.

The heptathlon event started Friday morning with the running of the 60-meters and concluded today with the running of the 1,000-meters. Matt Boruff of Appalachian State topped WCU freshman Sean Reardon by 260 points, with fellow Catamount Matt Evans placing third with a score of 4,426.

Junior Daniel Joseph placed second in the triple jump with a jump of 15.12 meters, a new personal best and the best distance on the team this season.

The men's and women's 400-meters saw Western Carolina take five of six spots. The Catamount men swept the event with junior Manteo Mitchell winning with a time of 49.12 seconds, followed by classmates John Oros and Thomas Funderburke. The second heat of the finals was an all-WCU affair, with the Catamounts finishing in each of the top five spots.

Western Carolina took first and third in the women's 400-meters as senior Raquel Ramseur won the race with a time of 56.65. WCU freshman Janet Carothers came in third in her first SoCon Championships.

The men's and women's 60-meters saw the Catamounts sweep the event with Mitchell winning the men's race with a time of 6.81 seconds. Mitchell was followed by teammates Dominique Young and Zeb Johnson to complete the all-WCU podium. T

The women's 60-meter dash featured an exciting finish with first and second place separated by five thousandth of a second. Senior Tangelia Johnson crossed the finish at 7.562 seconds, followed by Georgia Southern's Demetrise Anthony at 7.567.

Western's dominance in the sprints continued when they captured five of the six spots in the men's and women's 200-meters. Combined with the 400-meters and 60-meters, WCU took home 14 of the 18 podium spots possible.

The men's 200-meters was swept by the Catamounts with Mitchell winning his second race of the championships with a time of 21.52 seconds. Zeb Johnson was second with a time of 21.70 and Dominique Young placed third with a time of 21.99. The second heat of the finals was an all-WCU affair, and the Catamounts had six of the eight runners in the finals.

Ramseur captured her second first place title of the 2008 Championships with a time of 24.87 in the 200-meters. Janet Carothers came in second with a time of 24.96 and Ashley McKiver of Western Carolina placed third with a time of 25.19.

Savery added to her win total in the 800-meter run, taking home top honors for the second consecutive season with a time of 2:12.26. With the help of Drew Tucker, who also won the men's 800-meter run, WCU completed the sweep of the event, a feat they accomplished a total of six times on the weekend. In addition to the 800-meters, WCU had both the men's and women's champion in the 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, high jump, and the 4x400-meter relay.

All told, Western Carolina had 14 combined victories in events over the weekend, and 34 athletes who earned All-Southern Conference honors. The men had six winners and 21 All-SoCon selections, while the women added eight victories to go along with 13 on the All-SoCon team.


Women Individual Awards

Outstanding Track Performer: Kerrie Savery, Western Carolina

Most Outstanding Performer: Kerrie Savery, Western Carolina

Coach-of-the-Year: Danny Williamson, Western Carolina

Men's Individual Awards

Freshmen-of-the Year: Drew Tucker, Western Carolina

Outstanding Track Performer: Manteo Mitchell, Western Carolina

Most Outstanding Performer: Manteo Mitchell, Western Carolina

Coach-of-the-Year: Danny Williamson, Western Carolina