March 23, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Competition in the Beynon Sports Catamount Classic concluded Saturday at the Catamount Athletic Complex with the Western Carolina Track and Field teams dominating the podium in day two. WCU's men and women combined for 52 top-three finishes on the final day including tallying 21 first-place finishes.
WCU's women tallied 329 total points, including 28 podium finishes in the scored team event to win by a total of 258 points, as second-place USC-Upstate recorded just 71 points. In the men's competition, the Catamounts also won going away with 307 points ahead of second-place Lenoir-Rhyne with 66. WCU's men had 24 podium finishes.
All told, representatives of 20 schools around the region were on hand with 16 schools competing in the scored portion of the meet.
In the 100-meter dash, Olympian and WCU Track and Field Alumni, Manteo Mitchell, competed unattached and took the first place title with a time of 10.53. WCU's Ron Duncan placed second with a time of 10.77, while Max Burke came in fourth with a time of 11.04. Tayla Carter took first for the women with a time of 11.67, while Kiannari Badger (12.36) and Janise Robinson (12.41) took fifth and sixth, respectively.
Mitchell also claimed the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.85, edging current spring standouts Brandon Hairston (21.40) and Demari Boswell (21.79) in second and fourth-place. In the women's competition, Carter tripped the tape first with a time of 23.93 and Brittany Diggs finished third with a time 25.09.
Reigning SoCon Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, Jocelyn Keen, had another great performance on Saturday, winning the women's 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.92. Hayley Tomlinson (2:10.68) and Lena Elliot (2:12.77) finished third and fourth. For the men, Jamie Bidby (1:56.52), Garrett (1:57.87), Nolan Clark (1:58.29), and Kaleel Barton (1:58.32) dominated fifth through eighth.
Mara Smith was the first to cross the line in the women's 1500-meter run with a time of 4:43.63, while Clark also took first on the men's side with a time of 3:58.92. Garrett West (4:02.27) and Michael Cornwell (4:02.70) took second and third for a Catamount one-two-three finish.
In the women's 100 meter hurdles, Xaviera Bass (15.21) and Shermell Wilkins (15.27) finished second and third, respectively, while Brittany Diggs placed fifth with a time of 15.89. For the men, Abraham Faison (14.64), Tyler Bentley (14.86) and Marquis Bailey (15.27) finished third through fifth in the men's 110-meter hurdles.
WCU also saw success in both the men's and women's 400 meter hurdles. Sam Lusty captured a first place finish with a time of 55.68, while teammates Marquis Bailey (55.78) and Faison (56.88) took third and fourth. It was Michaela Birek who brought home the win on the women's side as she ran for a time of 1:04.29. Achsah Brice (1:04.74) came in second, Shermell Wilkins (1:07.49) finished fourth and Anne Greer (1:08.72) took the fifth position.
Aleshia Reese took first place as the only Catamount in the women's steeplechase with at time of 11:32.67.
Aaron Tribble was number one in the men's 400 meter dash, finishing with a time of 47.99. Teammates Hairston (48.21) and Earl Rahming (48.89) finished second and fourth, respectively. On the women's side, Genevieve Emrick placed second with at time of 57.05, while Kendra Douglas took fourth with a time of 59.03.
Both the men's (41.13) and women's (47.35) WCU `A' relay teams brought home a first place finish in the 4 x 100 meter relay, while the men also won the 4 x 400 meter relay with a time of 3:18.54. The WCU `B' relay team for the women finished third in the 4x1 (48.07) and second in the 4x4 (3:53.37). WCU `C' relay team for the men placed fourth in the 4x1 with a time of 42.57.
Birek claimed first place in the women's heptathlon after two solid days of performance that ended with 4,435 points, while Greer finished second with 4,067 points. On the men's side, Dustin Triplett won with 5604 points, Lusty followed in second with 5,564 points, Christian Carswell finished third with 5,101 points, and Kyle Bernier placed fourth with 5,048 points.
In the women's pole vault, Cara June Elyea and Devyn Ressler went one and two with a vault of 3.65 and Ashley Wala third with a jump of 3.50m. Keith Leonard (4.70m) and Dustin Triplett (4.55m) finished first and second.
In the jumping events for WCU, Jordan Orr claimed first place in the men's high jump with a jump of 1.99-meters, while Bob McNeil finished fourth with a jump of 1.89m. Xaviera Bass came in third for the women with a jump of 1.57m. Brittany Powell finished fifth in women's long jump with a distance of 4.92m, as well as Abraham Faison for the men with a jump of 6.54m.
Jared Johnson took second in the men's shot put with a throw of 14.57m. Teammate Jonathan Newton finished fifth with a throw of 12.98m. In women's shot put, Alisha Bradshaw won with a throw of 13.21m, while Megan Withers (12.18m) and Jasmin Brown (12.03m) placed third and fourth.
Western Carolina returns to action March 29-30, teaming with one of its top rivals in the Southern Conference. WCU and Appalachian State will join forces to defend the Western part of the state as they compete in the "Mountains vs. Beaches" meet in Boone, N.C., against the team of UNC Wilmington and East Carolina.