HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Western Carolina men’s and women’s track & field teams returned to outdoor competition Friday at High Point University for the second-straight event hosted by the Panthers. WCU compiled 13 top-10 finishes at the VertKlasse Meeting including a pair of event victories. Freshman Jazmine Gooden and senior Hailey Cook led the way as they each won individual events.
Gooden led a trio of Catamounts in the top-10 of the women’s long jump as she touched down at 5.75m. Senior Tiffani Lewis came in second in the event as she turned in a distance of 5.71m. Senior Chenell Bryan rounded out the trio with a 10th-place showing at 5.35m.
Cook took the crown in the women’s shot put with a toss of 14.90m. Sophomore Simone Williams took seventh as well as she stopped the tape at 13.03m.
Junior Chase Stehling was the men’s top finisher of the day as he took second in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 48.77m.
Freshman Di'Joun Huitt took fifth in the high jump as he topped 1.89m.
Junior Alisha Blackmon earned a sixth-place finish in the women’s hammer throw with a mark of 45.14m while freshman Mahogani Holiday came in ninth after tossed the weight 44.32m.
Junior Kevin Hires earned an eighth place finish in the men’s long jump with a distance of 6.68m while freshman Imani Bennett came in eighth in the women’s high jump to round out WCU’s top-10 finishes. Bennett cleared 1.47m.
The Catamounts will wrap up competition at the VertKlasse Meeting Saturday afternoon.