ATHENS, Ga. - The Western Carolina men's and women's track & field teams headed south to open the outdoor season at the Georgia Relays hosted by the University of Georgia. The Catamounts picked up a total of 32 top-five finishes over 11 events on day one. Six Catamounts took home event wins Friday afternoon.
Picking up WCU's first win of the day was junior David Johnson who took the top spot in the men's triple jump with a leap of 14.99m (49-02.25). Johnson led a group of five Catamounts who finishes first through fifth. Freshman Kevin Hires took second with a distance of 14.13m (46-04.25) while junior Tyler Bell picked up third at 13.51m (44-04.00). Sophomores Jerry Bryant (13.23m (43-05.00)) and Tremaine Kernes (13.06m (42-10.25)) rounded out the top-five.
Sophomore Hailey Cook picked up the women's first win as she took the title in the shot put. Cook made a toss of 13.97m (45-10.00) to lead the field while senior Alisha Bradshaw took second with a distance of 13.93m (45-08.50). Junior Jasmin Brown earned a fourth place finish with a mark of 12.54m (41-01.75).
The men's 110m hurdles was WCU's next win as the Catamounts swept first through fifth. Senior Marquis Bailey earned the victory with a time of 14.35. Senior Abraham Faison was right on his heels in second at 14.38. Junior Justin D'Angelo came in third after crossing the line in 15.42. Hires (16.17) and junior Christian Carswell (16.21) rounded out the top-five.
The fifth victory came in the men's 5000m as sophomores Clay Howarth and Cooper Wurst finished first and second, respectively. Howarth stopped the clock at 15:43.56 while Wurst stopped the clock in 17:04.37.
The sixth and final victory for the Catamounts came in the women's 5000m. WCU took four of the top five spots led by freshman Laney Browder who turned in a time of 18:59.96. Junior Aleshia Reese came in second with a time of 19:04.67. Freshmen Katarina Ruehl (19:40.19) and Madison Goode (20:46.75) came in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Junior Adam Parker picked up a second place finish in the men's javelin with a toss of 51.39m (168-07). Sophomore Dustin Triplett came in third with a throw of 45.21m (148-04) while Carswell placed fourth at 43.31m (142-01).
Bradshaw and Cook turned in third and fourth place finishes in the women's hammer throw. Bradshaw posted a distance of 47.33m (155-03) while Cook stopped the tape at 45.65m (149-09).
Sophomore Scott Peretin led a trio of Catamounts in the men's hammer throw. Peretin finished third with a toss of 48.57m (159-04). Junior Jared Johnson came in fourth with a throw of 48.18m (158-01) while freshman Mateius Brown placed fifth (44.76m (146-10)).
Sophomore Tiffani Lewis was the final top-five finisher on the women's side as she placed fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 11.28m (37-00.25).
Johnson and Brown placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the men's shot put to round out the men's top-five finishers. Johnson stopped the tape at 14.90m (48-10.75) while Brown posted a distance of 14.69m (48-02.50).
The Catamounts will be back in action tomorrow, March 21 as they close out competition at the Georgia Relays.