April 7, 2012
AUBURN, ALA. -
Western Carolina’s track & field teams wrapped up competition in the two-day Tiger Track Classic hosted by Auburn University. The Catamounts tallied 27 top-ten finishes, highlighted by freshman Alisha Bradshaw setting a school record in the discus.
Bradshaw came to the meet having thrown a previous best 44.15m in the event. The freshman threw the record-setting mark, 152-11 (46.60m), on her first attempt of the day Saturday afternoon. The previous record was 146-5 set by Zakiyyah Stewart a season ago. Bradshaw’s throw earned her a fourth-place finish in the event.
Teammate Meghan Morton – the reigning SoCon Field Athlete of the Month - continues to be a solid, steady finisher in the javelin. Morton won her third meet of the season with a 43.07m throw. Morton’s throw was just seven feet off of the school record. Summer Hughes earned a third place finish with her throw of 40.08m.
Continuing with the women’s team, Jocelyn Keen added to her impressive 2012 outdoor resume with another top-three finish, finishing the 800m run with a new personal record. Keen placed third with her new best time of 2:08.82. Keen has placed in the top-three in all four meets this season, including three wins. Lena Elliott also notched a top-ten finish, placing ninth (2:13.54).
In the women’s 400m, Felisha Garren placed third (54.63) as Genevieve Emrick crossed the line in 56.03, finishing seventh. In the men’s 400m, Benny Davis also finished seventh with his time of 47.98.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team – consisting of Aaron Tribble
, Brandon Hairston
, Aaron Harris
and Benny Davis
– ran its fastest time of the 2012 season racing across the stripe in 3:11.33, finishing fourth.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Tyler Bentley ran a personal best 53.22 to finish fourth. Freshman Abraham Faison finished just behind Bentley in 53.77, also a personal best, earning seventh.
In the men’s pole vault, sophomore Keith Leonard set a personal outdoor best with his vault of 4.60m. Leonard placed fourth. Wayne Parker finished eighth, successfully clearing the bar in 4.45m.
Western Carolina travels to Boone next Friday for its final tune-up before the SoCon Outdoor Championships for the Appalachian Open Meet. The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m.