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Catamounts Continue 49er Classic

Junior Mara Smith finished fourth in the 5000-meter run with a time of 17:44.01.

March 16, 2012


Western Carolina’s men’s and women’s track & field teams wrapped up the first full day of the 49er Classic at Belk Track on the campus of UNC Charlotte. The heptathlon and decathlon wrapped up Friday with a portion of the field events taking place along with distance events and preliminaries for the sprints.

The multis finished up Friday with two Catamounts finishing in the top ten. In the women’s heptathlon, freshman Anne Greer finished with 3901 points for a fifth place finish. Junior Luke Burton placed sixth in the men’s decathlon with 5938 points.

The field events were highlighted by senior Jamie Van Pelt’s fourth place finish in the hammer throw. Van Pelt threw a best 54.99m in the event.

In the women’s field events, freshman Aleisha Archie McMillan picked up a top-five finish in the discus.  Archie McMillan placed fifth with a 40.51m throw. Kayla Heineike (3.20m) and Alisha Bradshaw (44.19m) both placed 10th in the pole vault and hammer, respectively.

Mara Smith was Western Carolina’s top finisher in the distance events. The junior finished fourth in the 5000-meter run with a time of 17:44.01.

In the sprints, Western Carolina qualified 10 for the finals. Three Catamounts will run in the women’s 400-meter run tomorrow afternoon. Felisha Garren ran the fastest overall time in the heats with a time of 54.86. Freshmen Genevieve Emrick and Lena Elliott ran fourth and sixth in the event with times of 56.59 and 57.31.



In the men’s 400-meter run, Benny Davis and Aaron Tribble qualified for the finals. Davis also qualified for the men’s 200-meter dash with a preliminary time of 21.43. Wrapping up the men’s qualifiers were sophomores Tyler Bentley and Sam Lusty in the 400-meter hurdles. In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, freshman Michaela Birek will participate in the finals.

Saturday’s events begin at 10:00 a.m. with the men’s shot put and the women’s javelin. The running events will begin with the women’s 2000-meter steeplechase at 10:15 a.m. The meet concludes with the men’s 4x400-meter relay at 4:50 p.m. Live results can be found at