SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Western Carolina track & field team picked up 31 top five finishes Saturday afternoon including six individual event victories. The team also had a pair of relays compete at the Florida Relays on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.
Junior Dante Ortado picked up one of three victories for the men's side as he won the 200m with a season best time of 21.97. Sophomore Tremaine Kernes also ran in the event and finished fourth after crossing the line in 22.43.
Freshman Alyiah Riley won the women's 100m hurdles after stopping the clock at 14.78.
Junior Korie Bennett led a trio of Catamounts in the women's pole vault as she picked up the women's second victory of the day after clearing the bar at 3.50m. Senior Cara June Elyea took second at 3.35m while freshman Meghan Breden tied for fifth with a height of 3.20m.
Junior Jasmin Brown was the final women's event winner as she took the top spot in the hammer throw. She won the event with a toss of 44.09m. Senior Kim Cannon took fourth with a distance of 40.70 while freshman Alisha Blackmon stopped the tape at 40.20 for fifth.
Sophomore Latasha Pride took second in the women's 400m hurdles with a time of 1:05.29.
Redshirt junior Adam Parker placed second in the men's javelin with a toss of 50.35m. Triplett took fifth in the event with a distance of 44.85m.
Redshirt junior Michelle Provost took third in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 12:04.13.
Junior David Johnson picked up a season best distance of 6.75m in the men's long jump as he finished third.
Blackmon took third in the women's discus with a toss of 35.23m while freshman Mateius Brown finished third in the men's discus at 42.86m. Sophomore Evan Albertson took fifth with a distance of 42.76m.
Brown earned a third place finish in the women's shot put with a toss of 12.20m while Cannon took fifth at 11.48m.
Kernes finished fourth in the men's 100m at 11.03 while the men also picked up a fourth-place finish in the 4x400m. Freshman Robbie Tompa, freshman Kaleb McEntyre, junior David Johnson and junior Dante Ortado teamed up to post a time of 3:26.05.
Lewis earned a fifth place finish in the women's 100m with a time of 12.42. Senior Taylor Feimster took fifth in the 200m at 25.11.
The women took fifth in both the 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay. Riley, Feimster, Bryan and Lewis teamed up in the 4x100 to post a time of 48.93. Pride, Bryan, Feimster and Riley took to the track in the 4x400 and finished with a time of 4:09.23.
Freshman Erin West came in fifth in the women's triple jump with a leap of 10.71m.
At the Florida Relays, the women's 4x400 relay team took eighth in the finals with a time of 3:48.35 while the women's 4x100m relay team finished 23rd with a time of 46.28.
The Catamounts will return to action this weekend as they host the Beynon Sports Catamount Classic.