March 24, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -
Western Carolina Track and Field concluded the 2012 Beynon Surfaces Catamount Classic with nine wins Saturday at the Catamount Athletic Complex. Sixteen teams participated from all across the Southeast including Southern Conference foes Wofford and Furman.
Western Carolina swept the top three positions in the women's 800-meter run with reigning SoCon Track Athlete of the Week Jocelyn Keen winning the race with a time of 2:10.83. Teammates Lena Elliott (2:14.15) and Hayley Tomlinson (2:17.36) claimed second and third.
In the high jump, sophomore Jordan Orr tied for third clearing 1.95m for the second straight week. Freshman Cory Patterson placed seventh with a jump of 1.90m. In the women's event, freshman Xaviera Bass tied for second clearing the bar safely at 1.60m. Bass also picked up another top-three finish taking third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.32.
In the long jump, senior Jettana Thomas set a new season record for the Catamounts finishing fourth in her event with a jump of 5.17m.
Western Carolina took three of the top five finishes in the pole vault. Senior Wayne Parker and Sophomore Keith Leonard both cleared the height of 4.55m, finishing second and third for the Catamounts. Wayne Parker set a personal record in the pole vault with that jump. Sophomore Keith Leonard (4.55m) and Matt Stenger (4.40m) took third and fourth in the event.
Continuing with the throws, freshman Alisha Bradshaw placed third with a career best 46.03m in the hammer throw. Classmate Aleisha Archie-McMillan (42.03m) and junior Saquita Barino (42.03m) took seventh and eighth, respectively.
In the men's 4x100 meter relay, Western Carolina's "A" team - consisting of Ron Duncan, Willie Bowman, Benny Davis and Jeffery Hendricks - placed first running their fastest time of the season with a time of 40.65. The men's "B" team finished shortly after in third place consisting of Marquis Bailey, Demari Boswell, Aaron Tribble, and Abraham Faison with a time of 42.17.
On the women's side of the 4x100m relay, Janise Robinson, Felisha Garren, Brittany Diggs and Raven Parrish won their event with their fastest time of the season, crossing the finish line in 45.89 seconds.
Sophomore Aaron Tribble finished fifth for the Catamounts in the 400-meter. Freshman Michaela Birek also set a new best, 1:02.92, on the woman's side, winning the event, while classmate Shermell Wilkins ran a 1:08.52, finishing fourth.
"We had some ups and downs in this meet," said Head Coach Danny Williamson. "We had a lot of people that got personal bests and some who didn't do quite as well as we had hoped they would. It's better for that to happen early in the outdoor season rather than at the conference meet. As a head coach hosting a meet, you have to take care of others and make sure the meet is running smoothly and that can sometimes cause your team to lose a little bit of focus, but we will regroup and get things going in the right direction."
The Western Carolina Track & Field teams will travel to Wilmington, N.C. for the Fourth Annual 2012 Mountains vs. Beaches Meet next Saturday hosted by UNC Wilmington. Rivals Appalachian State and Western Carolina will team up to form the Mountains team to face Coastal Carolina and UNC Wilmington, the Beaches team. The Mountains defeated the Beaches last season in Cullowhee in both the men's and women's competitions.