March 31, 2013
Boone, N.C. - With a combined 46 podium finishes including 13 overall first-place finishes, Western Carolina won the team title on both the men's and women's side at the "Mountains vs. Beaches" meet on Saturday afternoon. The Catamount women recorded eight individual event championships while the men were atop the podium a combined five times on the day.
WCU's women tallied 159 total points with 25 podium finishes to defeat second place Appalachian State which finished with a total of 120.5 points ahead of East Carolina (110.5 points) in third. On the men's side, the Catamounts won with 148.5 points and 21 podium finishes, edging second-place Appalachian State with 137.5 points and East Carolina in third with 103. v The annual meet was originally scheduled to be a combined competition with WCU teaming with Appalachian State as the "Mountains" against the "Beaches" team of East Carolina and UNC Wilmington. However, UNCW did not make the trip resulting in a change in scoring pitting the three schools competing against each other head-to-head.
Western Carolina captured a one, two, three finish was in the women's triple jump as Achsah Brice (11.97m), Brittany Powell (11.29m) and Kiannari Badger (11.19m) swept the podium finishes. Powell also took fifth in long jump with a distance of 4.92-meters.
SoCon Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week Alisha Bradshaw also had several podium finishes, taking first in the shot put (13.56m) and discus (45.03m) while also placing second in the hammer throw (50.52m). Jared Johnson took finished in the top three in men's throws with a second place finish in both shot put (14.18m) and hammer (45.82m).
WCU's two other SoCon Track Athletes of the Week - Josey Weaver and Tayla Carter - also finished in the top three in their individual events on Saturday. Weaver took first in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:60.16. Carter took second in the women's 100-meter dash (11.81) and the 200-meter dash (24.03).
Both men's and women's WCU `A' 4 x 100-meter relay teams took first. The men (Ron Duncan, Brandon Hairston, Deman Boswell, and Jerry Wickerson) won with a time of 40.93, while the women (Kinnari Badger, Tayla Carter, Brittany Diggs, and Raven Parrish) finished first with a time of 46.33.
The Catamounts had success in the jumping events on both side as Bob McNeil who took first in men's triple jump (14.45m) and Xaviera Bass claimed the women's high jump (1.65m) with Kayla Heineike finishing third. On the track, Kendra Douglas (55.97) and Aaron Harris (48.02) won their respective 400-meter dash events, while Brandon Hairston stood atop the podium in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.34. Jocelyn Keen won the women's 800-meter dash with a time of 2:10.60, while Catamounts won the 3,000-meter runs as Aleshia Reese took the top prize on the women's side with a time of 10:22.51 and Travis Alfaro in the men's competition at 8:41.84.
The Catamounts will be back on the road for their next meet as they travel to Auburn, Ala. for the Tiger Track Classic on April 5-6 at the University of Auburn.