March 17, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -
Western Carolina's track & field teams wrapped up action at the 49er Classic on the campus of UNC Charlotte Saturday afternoon with 27 top-ten finishes and two wins in its first outdoor meet of the season.
Sophomore Megan Morton opened her outdoor season with a win in the javelin. Morton's best throw of 44.78m was a personal best. Morton has won five out of the nine meets in which she has participated in her young career. She has never finished outside of the top six. Teammates Summer Hughes and Kim Cannon earned top-ten finishes, placing sixth and ninth respectively.
Freshman Alisha Bradshaw finished third in the shot put with a throw of 14.06 meters while classmate Megan Withers placed tenth with a throw of 12.25m.
On the track, sophomore Jocelyn Keen was the top collegiate finisher in the 800m run - second overall - with a personal best time of 2:09.56. Michaela Birek placed tenth in the 400m hurdles final.
The women's final with the most Catamounts was the women's 400 meter dash. Senior Felisha Garren crossed the line in 54.69, finishing second. Garren was edged out by Charlotte's Sheila Mungo who finished in 54.47. Freshmen classmates Genevieve Emrick and Lena Elliott finished fourth and fifth.
On the men's side, Keith Leonard and Matt Stenger placed third and fourth in the pole vault with vaults of 4.45m and 4.30m. Junior Chase Fisher earned a third place finish in the 3000m steeplechase.
In the 400m hurdles final, Tyler Bentley
ran the fastest time for WCU, finishing third with a time of 54.26 in a close race. Sam Lusty
(54.42) and Marquis Bailey
(55.95) placed fifth and seventh.
In the 4x400-meter relays, the Western Carolina men's team took first place with a time of 3:12.39. The women placed second in the event, running a 3:48.16. The men's 4x100-meter team came in second to Charlotte, crossing the stripe in 40.94. Charlotte edged the Catamounts with its time of 40.53.
The Catamounts next compete at home in Cullowhee on Saturday, March 24 with the Beynon Sports Catamount Classic. The meet begins Saturday at 9:45 am with the men's hammer and the women's javelin. Running events are set to begin at noon. The meet is free and open to the public.