March 2, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Three Western Carolina women track athletes traveled to Blacksburg, Va., Saturday for their final shot at making the NCAA Indoor Championships next weekend. Though none qualified for the Championships, two of the three set new Western Carolina records in their respective events.
In the women's 800-meter, Jocelyn Keen ran the second fastest time overall as the first collegiate finisher. Keen ran a 2:09.24, a personal best time and a Western Carolina record in the 800m. Keen broke former WCU student-athlete Kerrie Savery's six year old record, 2:10.17, set back in 2007. Keen's previous best time was 2:11.01.
In the women's 3000-meter run, senior Mara Smith also set a Western Carolina record. Smith placed second overall while running a 10:01.14, knocking nearly 11 seconds off her previous best time. Smith topped Deanna Kulesz's 2007 record time of 10:02.84.
Finally, freshman sensation Tayla Carter finished just off her own WCU record time which she set last weekend at the SoCon Indoor Championships in the 60-meter dash (7.43), running a 7.48 to place sixth.
"The three who competed today at Virginia Tech did an outstanding job," said head coach Danny Williamson. "We came away with two school records and Tayla Carter had a great experience running through three rounds of the 60m dash, just like she was at the NCAA Championships. She improved from the first round to the second round, and that's what we were looking for. Hopefully this was a valuable experience for these ladies, and they finished up the indoor campaign on a great note."
Western Carolina men's and women's track & field teams now get a week off before traveling to the Georgia Relays to begin its 2013 outdoor season on Thursday, March 14 and run through Saturday, March 16 on the campus of the University of Georgia.