HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Western Carolina men’s and women’s track & field teams opened up their 2017 outdoor season Friday at the Bob Davidson Spring Kick-off hosted by High Point University. The women are ranked second out of a 16 team field after day one while the men rank fifth with 13 teams in action. WCU picked up three individual event victories including sophomore Dasha Arnaut taking the women’s 400m, sophomore Jordan Bostian winning the men’s 3,000m steeplechase and freshman Jazmine Gooden who earned a victory in the long jump in her very first outdoor collegiate event.
Arnaut circled the track in 55.76 to take the victory while teammate Tatiana Mills, a freshman, took eighth after clocking in at 58.45.
Bostian led the field in the steeplechase after stopping the clock at 10:06.92 while freshman Tyler Robakiewicz came in three spots back in fourth with a time of 10:26.91.
Gooden leapt past the field with a distance of 5.74m while senior Tiffani Lewis took fourth after stopping the tape at 5.57m. Gooden also placed fourth in the 100m hurdles as she clocked in at 14.21.
Freshman Devaniel Dale took second in the men’s 400m in his very first outdoor competition. He rounded the track in 48.84 to finish just .42 behind the event winner.
Senior Hailey Cook took third in the women’s shot put after tossing the element 14.03m.
The Catamounts placed a pair of runner in the top eight of the women’s 100m. Sophomore Mia Little led the way with a fourth place finish at 12.06 while Lewis crossed the line in 12.21 to finish seventh.
Junior Katarina Ruehl and sophomore Trinity Wiles finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase. Ruehl clocked in at 12:01.99 while Wiles finished a minute later in 13:07.53.
Sophomore Devyn Montel Jones took sixth in the men’s 110m hurdles after finishing in 14.72. Freshman Di'Joun Huitt also finished sixth but in the men’s long jump as he touched down in 6.86m. The final men’s athlete to finish sixth was junior Mateius Brown in the shot put as he tossed the element 15.11m.
WCU’s final top-eight finisher was sophomore Kaitlyn Lingard who took eighth in the women’s 1,500m after clocking in at 4:44.60.
The Catamounts will close out competition at the Bob Davidson Spring Kick-off Saturday.