March 22, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina Track and Field completed day one of the Beynon Sports Catamount Classic at the Catamount Athletic Complex under cloudy skies with temperatures in the thirties all afternoon. The Catamounts picked up three wins on the first day of the two-day event.
In the men's 10,000m run, Josey Weaver took first and broke the Beynon Sports Catamount Classic record with a time of 30.50.62. Teammate Travis Alfaro took second and also broke the record with a time of 30.54.93.
In the men's javelin throw, Jordan Orr placed third with a throw of 49.75m. In fourth was Andy Benesh with a throw of 46.03m, while Matt Stenger came in sixth with a throw of 44.14m. On the women's side, graduated WCU student-athlete Summer Hughes - participating unattached - threw a 41.02m to win the women's event.
Artis Gilmore of Lenoir-Rhyne broke the Beynon Sports Catamount Classic record in the men's triple jump with a distance of 14.72m to win the event. WCU's Tyler Bell placed third with a jump of 13.42m while Tyler Bentley picked up a fourth place finish with his jump of 13.39m.
In the multi-events, sophomore Michaela Birek had a strong day as she set personal bests in each of the four events Friday. She sits in second currently with 2793 total points, 33 points behind the leader. Third through fifth also belong to Western Carolina as Anne Greer (2313), Denise Calhoun (2202) and Kayla Heineike follow Birek.
In the men's decathlon, four of the top five are Catamounts with Sam Lusty leading the way after day one's five events. Lusty has 3117 points. Teammates Dustin Tripplett (2952), Christian Carswell (2942) and Kyle Bernier (2556) follow Lusty in second, third and fifth places, respectively.
Day two of the event begins tomorrow with the men's decathlon beginning at 10 a.m. Running events will start at 11:30 a.m. with the women's 1500m run.