SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Western Carolina men's and women's track & field teams set four meet records Saturday at the Terrier Relays hosted by Wofford College. The Catamounts won eight total events including five victories on the women's side. Junior Hailey Cook led the way as she captured both the women's hammer and discus events. Freshman Jamie Brown led the men with a victory in the long jump which set a new Terrier Relay meet record and was just shy of a WCU school record.
Cook won the discus with a toss of 42.43m and she was followed by fellow junior Morgan Lau who took ninth with a distance of 34.45m. Cook topped the podium in the hammer with a mark of 44.98m while Lau came in seventh after stopping the tape at 36.45m.
Brown set a new meet record in the long jump with a leap of 7.50m which was just 0.12m shy of the WCU record mark. Senior David Johnson also finished in the top-10 with a distance of 6.84m which tied him for eighth.
Senior Korie Bennett led a group of five Catamounts who all finished in the top-10 in the women's pole vault. Bennett set a meet record and won the event after clearing 3.65m. Junior Sage Proffitt and sophomore Meghan Breden tied for third overall after both topped 3.35m. The final two Catamounts in the top-10 were freshmen Brittany Faw and Kennedy Williams who tied for eighth after posting a height of 3.09m.
The men's 4x800m relay team consisting of senior Jermaine Lewis, sophomore Dakota Lamont, senior Dante Ortado and sophomore Henry Kiedy set a new meet record with a time of 7:41.67 while winning the event and were less than a second off the school record time of 7:41.18. The quartet also competed in the 4x100m relay and finished third overall after stopping the clock at 41.74.
Senior Jared Johnson finished second in the men's hammer with a toss of 52.12m while junior Scott Peretin took fourth after stopping the tape at 49.65m. Sophomore Mateius Brown rounded out the top-10 WCU finishers with a mark of 43.91m which earned him seventh.
Peretin and Johnson teamed up once again for a pair of top-five finishes in the shot put. Peretin led the way this time as he finished second in the event with a toss of 15.42m while Johnson finished one spot back in third at 15.23m. The pair were joined in the top-10 by junior Evan Albertson who took 10th after stopping the tape at 14.07m.
Sophomore Corey Ginley finished second in the men's pole vault as he cleared 4.50m.
Sophomore Alyiah Riley took third in the women's 100m hurdles after stopping the clock at 15.04.
Senior David Johnson led a pair of Catamounts in the men's triple jump top-10. Johnson finished third with a leap of 14.36 while sophomore Kevin Hires finished one spot back in fourth with a distance of 14.15m.
Little and Lewis both finished in the top-10 in the women's 100m. Little led the way in third with a time of 11.93 while Lewis finished seventh after crossing the line in 12.20.
Lewis took fifth in the women's long jump with a leap of 5.44m while the team of freshmen Kedra Murray, Amanda Johnson, Kaitlyn Lingard and Mia Little teamed up to finish fifth in the women's 4x400m relay with a time of 4:04.82.
Junior Latasha Pride led a trio of Catamounts in the women's 400m hurdles top-10. Pride finished sixth after crossing the line in 1:06.55 while Riley came in ninth at 1:09.51 and freshman Marisa Scott claimed 10th with a time of 1:09.57.
Sophomore Katarina Ruehl claimed seventh place in the women's 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 12:13.92. Senior Katlyn Shetler came in two spots later in ninth and stopped the clock at 12:27.75.
Freshmen Jordan Bostian and Harrison Conner mirrored the women's finish on the men's side as they finished seventh and ninth, respectively, in the men's 3,000m steeplechase. Bostian took seventh with a time of 10:21.36 while Conner claimed ninth at 10:32.93.
The final two Catamount men top-10 finishers were sophomores Dakota Lamont and Henry Kiedy who finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 200m. Lamont stopped the clock in 21.94 while Kiedy finished right on his heels at 21.98.
The final women's top-10 finisher was junior Chenell Bryan who finished ninth in the 400m with a time of 59.43.
The Catamounts will be back in action next weekend at the Tiger Track Classic hosted by Auburn University.