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Men's and Women's Track & Field Compete at Two Meets Over the Weekend

April 5, 2014


Gainesville, Fla. - Tayla Carter finished in ninth in the 100m dash and Western Carolina's 4x100m shuttle relay team broke the 17-year old school record as the Catamounts complete the Florida Relays over the weekend against some the of the stiffest competition in the southeast.

Carter turned in a wind-aided time of 11.42 seconds placing her atop the Southern Conference rankings and ninth in the meet. Carter out ran runners from multiple top schools in the race including runners from Kentucky, Southern California, Syracuse, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Miami, Baylor and Georgia.

She also turned in a time of 23.73 seconds -- her fastest of two races in the outdoor season -- in the 200m finishing in 22nd of 31 runners in the race. Her time also places the sophomore atop the SoCon performance list.

The foursome of Xaveria Bass, Brittany Diggs, Michaela Birek and LeNiesha Kearse rewrote the WCU record books with a record-breaking time of 57.64 seconds in the 4x100m shuttle relay snapping the previous 17-year record.

In the 400m dash, Genevieve Emrick ran time of 55.26 seconds finishing in 35th out of 63 runners.

Lena Elliott and Hayley Tomlinson finished in 25th and 26th of 39 runners in the 800m run after times of 2:12.29 and 2:12.84 respectively. Tomlinson's time was her best of the season. Joceyln Keen also turned in a season-best time of 2:15.21 placing the senior in 32nd.



Keen picked up her second season-best time of the meet after finishing the 1,500m in 37th after a time of 4:41.14 shaving six seconds off her previous time in the event this outdoor season.

Michaela Birek took 26th out of 50 competitors in the 400m hurdles after a personal best time of 1:00.60 ranking her third on the SoCon performance list.

WCU's 4x100m relay team comprised of Janise Robinson, Carter, Emrick and Tiffani Lewis finished in 31st out of 51 teams in the race after a time a of 46.13 seconds. The time ranks the Catamounts second in the 4x100m in the SoCon.

The Catamounts' relay success continued in the 4x400m relay with a 16th place finish out of 56 teams after a time of 3:40.05. Corina Archie-McMillan, Emrick, Elliott and Carter competed in the race for the Purple & Gold.

In the throws events, Hailey Cook earned a 15th place finish in the shot put after a distance of 13.50m and took 16th in the discus after a toss of 43.10m, her best of the season. Alisha Bradshaw was the top Catamount finisher in the shot put with a 14th place finish after a distance of 43.38m.

On the men's side, Michael Cornwell and Chase Fisher took ninth and 10th place respectively after times of 9:18.93 and 9:24.07 in the 3,000m steeplechase out of 20 runners. Cornwell's mark was a personal best for the sophomore.


Spartanburg, S.C. - Western Carolina had 41 top five individual finishers and 67 top 10 individual finishers as the Catamounts had a strong showing competing at the Terriers Relays host by Wofford College Saturday.

The Catamounts had five individual winners and claimed one relay title adding the to impressive WCU resume at the meet.

Holly Gaines, competing in the 400m hurdles for the first time in her career, won the event with a time of 1:03.59.

WCU's relay team of Shiniqua Proyor, Gaines, Stephanie Burris and Micheala Williams won the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:56.73 as the lone relay win at the meet.

Anisia Starege picked up her first win of the outdoor season in the high jump clearing the bar with a height of 1.69m. Her height matched a meet record for the meet in its fourth year. Molly Fagan was close behind clearing the bar with a height of 1.64m for second place.

Chenell Bryan picked up the win in the long jump with a distance of 5.48m setting a new meet record, and David Johnson earned the win the triple jump with a distance of 14.69m also setting a meet record

Anne Greer was the fifth Catamount winner as she claimed the javelin throw with a distance of 37.65m setting a new meet record. Greer's mark was also a personal best toss for the junior.

WCU will return to the track with its home meet, the Beynon Catamount Classic, Saturday, April 12 in Cullowhee at the Catamount Athletic Complex.