March 22, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's and women's track and field teams opened its outdoor season with the 49er Classic with 65 individual top 20 finishers.
On the women's side, Tayla Carter claimed the top spot in the 100m prelims with a time of 11.67 seconds. In the finals, Carter turned it up a notch winning the event with a time of 11.58 seconds. Carter followed up with a second place finish in the prelims of the 200m with a time of 24.08 seconds. She did not compete in the finals of the 200m, however. Genevieve Emrick ran a personal best time of 25.09 seconds taking 14th, while Corina Archia-McMillian also recorded a personal best with a time of 25.11 seconds finishing in 16th place.
In the 400m, WCU placed three runners in the top eight of the prelims and two runners advanced to the finals placing in the top five. Emrick ran a time of 55.12 seconds in the prelims taking second, while Archie-McMillan and Lena Elliott finished in sixth and eighth respectively with times of 56.28 seconds and 56.71 seconds. Emrick and Archie-McMillan advanced to the finals with Emrick running a personal best time of 54.78 seconds, holding in second place, while Archie-McMillian ran a time of 56.99 but improved to fourth place in the final standings.
Two more Catamounts finished in the top ten of the 800m with Elliott setting a new personal best after a time of 2:11.18 taking fourth place, and with Hayley Tomlinson taking seventh place after a time of 2:14.12.
Xaveria Bass ran a personal best time of 14.30 seconds of the prelims of the 100m hurdles for eighth place sending her into the finals. Bass ran a time of 14.53 in the finals finishing in eighth place.
In the 400m hurdles, Michaela Birek finished in second in the prelims with a time of 1:02.51 sending her into the finals. Birek lost a step in the finals as she ran a time of 1:03.24 taking fifth place.
WCU's 4x100m top relay team of Janise Robinson, Carter, Emrick and Tiffani Lewis, took fourth getting the baton around the track in a time of 46.42 seconds. In the 4x400m, WCU's top team made of Archie-McMillan, Emrick, Elliott and Carter finished in second with a time of 3:40.33.
Anisia Starege and Bass finished in fifth and seventh respectively in the high jump with each clearing the bar at a height of 1.70m.
In the pole vault, Devyn Ressler finished inside the top ten with a ninth place finish after a vault of 3.55.
Chenell Bryan finished in sixth in the long jump with a distance of 5.72m, while Birek took 16th with a distance of 5.39m. Tiffani Lewis was the third Catamount in the top 20 clearing a mark of 5.27m for 20th place.
In the triple jump, Lewis and Kinnari Badger took 16th and 17th respectively with distance of 10.78m each.
In the throws events, Alisha Bradshaw finished in the top ten of the shot put, discus and hammer throw. Bradshaw had her best finish in the hammer after distance of 52.72m lifted her into second place. Bradshaw took fifth in the shot put with a distance of 13.48m and finished in seventh in the discus with a distance of 41.40m. Hailey Cook was WCU's top finisher in the shot put with a distance of 13.53m good enough for fourth place.
On the men's side, Jeffery Hendricks finished in 14th in the 100m with a time of 10.79 seconds. Hendricks followed with a time 10th place finish in the 200m with a time of 21.67 seconds.
In the 400m, Aaron Harris ran a time of 48.61 seconds in the prelims lifting him into the finals. Harris increased the pace and set a personal best with a time of 47.94 in the finals putting him in fourth place in the final standings.
Michael Cornwell was WCU's top finisher in the 800m and 1,500m. Cornwell took 14th in the 800m with a time of 1:56.60 and 15th in the 1,500m with a time personal best time of 3:57.10.
In the 110m hurdles, Marquis Bailey took fifth with a time of 14.77 seconds, while Abraham Faison followed in 11th with a time of 15.03 seconds. Sam Lusty finished three places back in 14th with a time of 15.27.
In the 400m hurdles, Faison, Bailey and Lusty all finished in the top ten in the prelims. Faison ran a time of 53.89 seconds for fifth, Bailey finished with a time of 54.73 seconds for seventh, while Lusty took eighth after a time of 54.98 seconds. In the finals, Lusty improved his time to 53.62 seconds finishing in fourth, while Faison finished in fifth with a time of 53.77 seconds.
In the seeded pole vault, Keith Leonard and Dustin Triplett took sixth and seventh respectively clearing the bar at a height of 4.50m.
In the jump events, Josh McSwain finished in fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 14.98m and fifth in the long jump with distance of 7.06m. David Johnson took fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 14.78m. Tyler Bell set a new personal best with a distance of 14.00m good enough for 11th in the triple jump.
Andy Benesh had the only top 20 finish in the throws events for the Catamounts as he took 18th in the hammer throw with a distance of 46.55m.
In the javelin, Adam Parker finished in 11th after a toss of 48.19m.
Christian Carswell had personal best finish in the decathlon with a sixth place finish after 5,963 points.
The Catamounts are scheduled to return to the track with the Beaches vs. Mountain Meet Saturday, March 29.