April 12, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina wrapped up its home meet, the Beynon Catamount Classic, as a final tune-up leading up the Southern Conference Outdoor Championship Saturday afternoon at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
The Catamounts took the top spot in the first eight spots of the 100m dash with Tayla Carter paving the way with a time of 11.62 seconds. Janise Robinson finished in second with a season-best time of 12.11 seconds narrowly missing her careers best by .01 thousandths of a second. Xaveria Bass took third with a career-best time of 12.27 seconds.
Carter took her second first place finish of the day in the 200m matching her season-low time and setting a new Beynon Catamount Classic meet record with a time of 23.73 seconds. Genevieve Emrick finished in second after a personal best time of 24.61, and Corina Archie-McMillan followed in third place with a time of 24.96 for a personal best.
In the 400m, it was Emrick setting a new personal best, Beynon Catamount Classic best and Catamount Athletic Complex best time of 54.31 seconds en route to a first place finish. Archie-McMillan trailed Emrick finishing in second with a personal best time of 55.53 seconds. Shiniqua Proyor took third with a time of 56.82 seconds for a personal best time. It was the first time in Proyor's career she finished with a time below 57 seconds.
WCU also swept the podium finishers with all three finishing on the podium setting new personal bests in the 100m hurdles with Bass shattering her previous personal best time crossing the line in 13.92 second taking first place. LeNiesha Kearse finished in second place with a time of 14.19 seconds, and Brittany Diggs cruised to a 3rd place finish after a time of 14.49 seconds. Bass' time was also a new Beynon Catamount Classic record.
Michaela Birek set a new meet record in the 400m hurdles crossing the finish line with a time of 1:02.75 placing her in the first. Holly Gaines followed close behind taking second place after narrowly edging her previous career best time of 1:03.59 with a time of 1:03.55 Saturday. Latasha Pride trailed Gaines finishing in second place.
Michelle Provost snapped her previous personal best time in the 3,000m steeplechase by over 20 seconds with a time of 11:21.31 as she won the event.
WCU's relay team of Robinson, Carter, Emrick and Lewis won the 4x100m after a time of 46.17 seconds, while the squad of Jocelyn Keen, Micheala Williams, Elliott and Birek took first place in the 4x400m race with a time of 3:49.90.
Bass continued her outstanding day setting a new personal best height and a first place finish in the high jump with a height of 1.74m. Molly Fagan finished in second after a clearing the bar at a height of 1.71m for a new personal best mark. Anisia Starege took third with a height of 1.68m.
In the long jump, Chenell Bryan took home first place with a distance of 5.53m, while Fagan finished in third place with a distance of 5.37m.
Bass was the only Catamount to earn a podium spot in the triple jump as she set a new personal best with a distance of 11.21m.
In the throws events, Alisha Bradshaw continued her outdoor dominance with a clean sweep of the three events. She took first in the shot put with a distance of 13.29m, won the discus with a season-high distance of 45.52m and won the with a toss of 51.23m.
Hailey Cook took third in the shot put after a distance of 12.83m and third in the discus after a distance of 39.10m.
In the javelin, Kim Cannon, Anne Greer and Stephanie Burris finished in the top three podium spots with distances of 40.72m, 38.34m and 36.51m respectively. Greer's and Burris marks were each new personal best marks for athletes.
On the men's side, Jeffery Hendricks won the 100m dash with a time of 10.62 seconds, while Jermaine Lewis turned in his best time of the season taking second place with a time of 10.82 seconds.
Hendricks turned around and won the 200m with a personal low mark of 21.58 seconds.
In the 400m, Earl Rahming ran the best time of his career, 47.82 seconds, to win the event, while Demari Bosewell took third with the best time of his career, 48.70 seconds.
Three Catamounts claimed the top spots in the 5,000m with Travis Alfaro winning the race with a time of 15:24.66, and Clay Howarth taking second after a time of 15:41.01. Chase Fisher finished in the third crossing the finish line in 15:46.15 seconds.
In the longer of the two hurdle events, the 400m hurdles, Faison missed his career best time by one thousandth of a second finishing the race with a time of 53.49 seconds to win the event. Eric Blake took third after cross the finish line with a time of 55.02 seconds.
WCU' squad of Lewis, Hendricks, Rahming and Jerry Wickerson won the 4x100m with a time of 40.69 seconds, while the foursome of Ammar Phillips, Lewis, Harris and Bigby won the 4x400m relay with after a time of 3:18.21.
Josh McSwain was the lone Catamount to earn a podium spot in the high jump as he took third after a personal best height of 1.91 meters.
In the pole vault, Dustin Triplett picked up a new career best height as he won the event clearing the bar at 4.84m. Keith Leonard finished in second with a height of 4.70m, and Tim Buzyan took third with a height of 4.55m.
McSwain followed his third place high jump performance up with a first place finish in the long jump after a distance of 7.02m and second place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 14.96m.
Davidson Johnson won the triple jump for the Catamounts with a personal best distance of 15.42m, while Tyler Bell took third also turning in a personal best mark of 14.19m.
Jared Johnson took second in the shot put with a toss of 14.49m and third in the discus after a season-high toss of 42.46m.
In the hammer, it was Andy Benesh earning a podium spot taking second place with after a distance of 48.43m for a new personal best mark.
The Catamounts will take the week off before traveling to Spartanburg, S.C. for the Outdoor Southern Conference Championship on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday April 27. The men's and women's teams are defending their titles from the 2013 outdoor championship and are looking to complete the season sweep as WCU claimed both indoor titles.