April 9, 2007
Clemson, S.C. -
Led by six first-place finishes among 14 podium performances, the Western Carolina women posted a second-place finish at Saturday's Clemson Invitational. The Catamount men used 13 podium finishes, including a first-place showing in the javelin by Tyler Ferguson, to finish third at the one-day event.
Additionally, WCU's men scored three top seasonal performances at the meet, while the women had five top performances.
The host Clemson Tigers took both the men's and women's competitions, scoring 79.5 points to place ahead of Western (49), Appalachian State (43) and Georgia (29.5) on the women's side. With 71 points, Clemson's men edged Appalachian State in second with 48 points, followed by Western Carolina (39), Georgia (35), and Virginia Tech (5).
All six of Western's first-place finishes on the women's side of competition came on the track. Junior Raquel Ramseur won the 400-meter dash (54.87), while classmate Kerrie Savery captured the 800-meter run in 2:12.13. Senior Deanna Kulesz won the 1,500-meter run with a season-best time of 4:37.73, while freshman Lindsay Groce earned her first-ever, first-place run in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 18:38.41.
Rounding out the top finishes for Western was senior Asia Davis, who won her third 400-meter hurdle event of the spring (1:01.43). Davis also ran second in the 100-meter hurdles. Also, Tierra Johnson, Annie Bailey, and Tangelia Johnson teamed with Savery to win the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:00.54.
Freshman Sherrell Froneberger posted a pair of runner-up finishes in both the 100- and 200-meter dash events, clocking a WCU season-best time of 11.98 in the shorter of the two events. Junior Michaela Hall
recorded a season-best in the hammer throw, recording a distance of 44.36m (145-6) for a third-place showing, while senior Sharhonda Bell
tallied the best shot put mark of the season at 36.78m (120-8).
On the men's side, senior Tyler Ferguson led a 1-2-3 finish for WCU in the javelin. Ferguson's season-best mark of 53.19m (174-6) was the second-best for a Catamount this season and just edged teammates David Bowles (49.11m, 161-1) in second and Matt Evans (46.21m, 151-7) in third. Evans added a second-place showing in the men's high jump, clearing 2.0 meters (6-6.75). Junior Chris Page recorded a pair of third-place showings in the men's shot put (14.11m, 46-3.5) and discus (44.46m, 145-10).
Last week's SoCon Men's Track Athlete of the Week, sophomore Manteo Mitchell, posted a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash while Aaron Grant (1:56.31) and Dan Fassinger (3:59.47) ran second in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs, respectively. Sophomore John Oros and senior Mike Malone each ran third in the 400-meter dash and 400-meter hurdles, respectively.
Freshman Dominique Young recorded the quickest time in the 100-meter dash this season for WCU, tripping the tape in 10.62 for a fifth-place finish, while senior Dylan Hermelee ran 9:56.71 in the 3,000-meter steeple chase to lead the school's top times list. Rounding out the top seasonal performances recorded by WCU student-athletes on Saturday were Rashad Herndon, who leaped a season-best 6.77m (22-2.5) in the long jump and Mike Osteen, who vaulted 4.60m (15-1.0), tying his seasonal best in the pole vault.
Western is scheduled to return to Clemson this weekend, April 13-14, for the Solid Orange Classic.