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WCU Track & Field Competes in Split Squad Action

April 9, 2013

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AUBURN, Ala. - Western Carolina's track & field teams competed in split squad action with some traveling to Auburn's Tiger Classic with the others staying closer to home at the Wofford Terrier Relays. WCU's men and women's teams had 17 top-10 finishes last weekend at the Auburn Tiger Track Classic while combining for nine podium finishes at the Terrier Relays.

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In the women's 100m dash freshman Tayla Carter clocked in a time of 11.57 for a fourth place finish. Carter also placed seventh in the 200m dash at 23.85.

In the women's 800m run, Western Carolina had a pair of top-five finishers with Jocelyn Keen at third place with a 2:09.56 and Hayley Tomlison at fifth place with a 2:12.85. Mara Smith, in the 5000m run, placed second at 17:31.03.

The women's 3000m steeplechase saw Aleisha Reese place eighth with a 11:26.99. In the 4x100 meter relay race the team of Kinnari Badger, Carter, Brittany Diggs and Janise Robinson placed ninth with a time of 46.68. Later in the day, the 4x400m team of Genevieve Emrick, Lena Elliott, Keen and Kendra Douglas was eighth with a 3:49.09. On the field side for the women, Raven Parrish placed third in the women's javelin throw placed third with a toss of 32.8m.

For the men, Brandon Hairston got things started with a seventh place finish in both the 200m and 400m with a time of 21.13 and 47.40 respectively. Garrett West logged in a ninth place finish at the 800m with a 1:52.10.

Western Carolina had a pair of top-10 finishes in the 3000m steeplechase with Josey Weaver placing sixth (9:23.74) and Michael Cornwell at seventh (9:28.34).

The Catamount men's team got a pair of top-10 finishes on the field side. In the pole vault, Matt Stenger placed 10th with a vault of 4.06m. Bob McNeill got a pair of top-10 finishes in the long and triple jump with leaps of 7.09m and 14.51 each.

Western Carolina will be back in action on April 12 at the ASU Invitational.

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Catamount Track & Field Posts Nine Podium Finishes at Terrier Relays

Spartanburg, S.C. - WCU combined for nine podium finishes at the Wofford Terrier Relays with the women recording seven podium finishes including three first-place tallies while the men were the among the top three twice, both in the men's javelin competition.

Sophomore Alisha Bradshaw claimed three individual event championships for WCU winning the women's discus, women's hammer throw. Bradshaw won the discus by over four meters with her toss of 44.51 meters before hurling the hammer 50.02 meters to claim top honors in the hammer throw. WCU had two - Megan Withers (35.80m) and Jasmin Brown (35.52m) - also post top 10 finishes in the discus while Brown was also seventh in the hammer throw at 40.36 meters.

Bradshaw edged Brown in the shot put with a toss of 13.90 meters while Brown was the runner-up at 12.11 meters.

WCU received another podium finish from sophomore Anne Greer who threw the javelin 35.39 meters to finish in the event's runner-up spot.

In the women's high jump, Kayla Heineike cleared 1.49-meters to place in a three-way tie for seventh place. Heineike also vaulted 3.20 meters to finish fifth in the pole vault, just behind teammate Korie Bennett who cleared 3.35 meters to place second. Stephanie Burris gave WCU another podium finish in the women's long jump with a leap of 5.14 meters to finish third while Stephanie Johnson was seventh in the same competition at 4.89 meters.

On the track, junior Shiniqua Pryor posted a fourth-place finish in the women's 400-meter dash, clocking a time of 58.89 out of the first heat. Catamount teammates Holly Gaines (1:06.10) and Anne Greer (1:06.74) ran fifth and sixth, respectively, in the women's 400-meter hurdles.

On the men's side on the track, Justin D'Angelo came home fifth in the men's 110-meter hurdles at 15.86. The freshman from Asheville, N.C., additionally ran sixth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.29.

Freshman Christian Carswell cleared a height of 1.95-meters to place eighth in the men's high jump while also finishing 10th in the men's pole vault (2.60m). Freshman Tyler Bell recorded a top 10 finish in the triple jump, coming home seventh with a leap of 13.34 meters.

In the throwing events, freshman Jared Johnson (41.73m) and junior Jonathan Newton (41.69m) went eighth and ninth in the men's discus with Johnson posting a fifth-place showing in the hammer throw with a distance of 46.12 meters. Junior Andy Benesh (44.68m), Newton (43.64m) and junior Joe Korac (42.46m) also posted top 10 finishes, sweeping seventh through ninth place, respectively.

Johnson additionally recorded a fourth-place finish in the men's shot put at 14.08 meters with Korac (13.30m) and Newton (13.23m) finishing ninth and 10th.

WCU's men also took the top two podium finishes in the men's javelin throw as Adam Parker edged teammate Benesh for the top two spots. Parker's throw of 51.16 meters won the event with Benesh - a native of North Wilkesboro, N.C. - placing in second at 47.70 meters.