HIGH POINT, N.C. - Both the Western Carolina men’s and women’s track & field teams finished third at the season opening Bob Davidson Spring Kick-off hosted by High Point University. The women finished third out of a field of 16 teams while the men placed third out of 14 teams. The Catamounts captured 21 top-eight finishes on the final day of competition led by sophomore Dasha Arnaut’s second place showing in the 400m hurdles.
Arnaut rounded the track in 1:01.03 to capture a spot on the podium.
The men’s 4x400m relay team also picked up a second place finish as freshman Devaniel Dale, sophomore Miles Greer, sophomore Caleb Albrecht and freshman Derek Puryear combined to post a time of 3:17.52.
The women’s 4x100m relay “A” squad picked up a podium finish as they placed third with a time of 47.01. Sophomore Mia Little, freshman Jazmine Gooden, sophomore Bri Anna Adams and senior Tiffani Lewis teamed up for the event. WCU’s “B” squad consisting of senior Chenell Bryan, Arnaut, sophomore Danyel de Souza and sophomore Sally Woerner finished seventh with a time of 48.12.
The men’s 4x100m relay squad also finished third in their race as freshman Corey Alston, junior Henry Kiedi, sophomore Josh Little and junior Dakota Lamont rounded the track in 42.25.
Kiedi also picked up a third place finish in the men’s 200m as he ran for the podium with a time of 21.83. Dale clocked in at 21.88 to finish fifth in the event.
Greer took a fourth place finish in the men’s 800m after stopping the clock at 1:54.43. Albrecht came in two spots later in sixth with a time of 1:55.56.
Freshman Imani Bennett finished fourth on the women’s side in the triple jump as she touched down at 11.60m.
Sophomore Shikym Khalil Jackson was WCU’s final fourth place finisher as he took the spot in the men’s high jump after clearing 1.91m.
Sophomore Devyn Montel Jones earned a fifth place finish in the men’s 400m hurdles as he rounded the track in 54.86. Sophomore Dylan Andrade finished three spots back in eighth after crossing the line in 55.10.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Lingard picked up a sixth place finish in the women’s 800m as she clocked in at 2:16.93.
Senior Tremaine Kernes also earned a sixth place finish in the men’s triple jump as he stopped the tape at 12.51m.
Senior Hailey Cook finished seventh in the women’s discus as she tossed the element 43.13m. Junior Mateius Brown finished seventh on the men’s side in the discus with a mark of 46.72m. Senior Scott Peretin finished one spot back in eighth after stopping the tape at 46.26m.
Peretin also finished eighth in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 53.80m.
The final top-eight finisher for the Catamounts was freshman Shawnda Martin who came in eighth in the women’s 3,000m. Martin stopped the clock at 10:39.64.
Marshall won the team title on the women’s side while Dartmouth took the crown for the men. WCU’s women finished ahead of Duquesne, Elon, Morgan State, Dartmouth, Ohio, High Point and Appalachian State among others. The men finished just ahed of Morgan State, Mount St. Mary’s, Wake Forest, Duquesne, Appalachian State, Notre Dame (Ohio) and High Point.
WCU will return to action Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 at the VertKlasse Meeting also hosted by High Point.