CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men’s and women’s track & field teams dominated the final day of the 2017 Beynon Sports Surfaces Catamount Classic Saturday including winning 11 events and capturing 46 top five finishes. WCU’s top performers were senior Scott Peretin and sophomore Devyn Montel Jones who each captured a pair of victories on Saturday.
Peretin won the shot put and discus for the Catamounts. In the shot put he led a group of four Catamounts who finished in the top-four. Peretin was victorious after a toss of 15.56m (51-00.75). Junior Mateius Brown took second at 15.49m (50-10.00) while sophomore Dakota Wright and freshman Jay Stanley placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Wright tossed the shot 14.66m (48-01.25) while Stanley came in at 13.97m (45-10.00). Peretin then won the discus with a throw of 47.01m (154-03) followed by Brown who came in fourth at 46.62m (152-11) and Wright who placed fifth, 44.37m (145-07).
Jones swept the hurdle events winning both the 110m and 400m races. He led a podium sweep in the 110m as he won with a time of 14.96 followed by sophomore J'len Wilson in second (15.19) and Corey Alston in third (15.38).
Sophomore Kaitlyn Lingard had a successful day as well. She won the 800m with a time of 2:16.25 while placing third in the 1,500m at 4:42.56.
Junior Keion Crossen, who competes on the WCU track team, joined the track team earlier this season and picked up his first career victory Saturday as he led the field in the 100m. He raced down the backstretch in 10.80.
Junior Meghan Breden took home the title in the women’s pole vault as she topped 3.90m (12-09.50).
Sophomore Marisa Scott was the final individual winner for the Catamounts as she won heptathlon with 4,449 points.
The men swept the relay events winning both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Sophomore Josh Little, junior Henry Kiedi, junior Dakota Lamont and Crossen teamed up to round the track in 41.05 to win the 4x100m. Kiedi, Lamont, freshman Devaniel Dale and sophomore Miles Greer took the 4x400m title after stopping the clock at 3:14.01 while freshman Derek Puryear, sophomore Caleb Albrecht, Andrade and D. Jones finished third in the relay as WCU’s “B” squad. The second group turned in a time of 3:19.31.
Freshman Jazmine Gooden won the women’s 100m hurdles after racing down the track in 14.36. She was followed closely by Arnaut who made a second appearance on the podium with a third place finish at 14.55.
Junior Thor Smith led a group of three Catamounts in the men’s pole vault. Smith topped 4.75m (15-07.00) to finish second. Junior Corey Ginley came in one spot back after clearing 4.45m (14-07.25) while sophomore Bryce Myers rounded out the top-five in fifth with a height of 4.30m (14-01.25).
The women took second in both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Sophomore Mia Little, senior Tiffani Lewis, Arnaut and Gooden teamed up in the 4x100m to round the track in 46.48. Freshman Tatiana Mills, freshman Kellsie Whitehead, sophomore Sally Woerner and Arnaut took second in the 4x400m with a time of 3:49.98. Senior Chenell Bryan, Gooden, sophomore Bri Anna Adams and Lingard took third in the 4x400m as WCU’s “B” squad after clocking in at 3:58.65.
Lamont, Kiedi and Dale all placed in the top-five in the 400m. Lamont came in second barely losing to Olympic silver medalist Manteo Mitchell. Lamont rounded the track in 47.12 while Mitchell edged him out with a time of 47.08. Kiedi finished just one spot back at 47.38 while Dale came in fourth after crossing the line in 48.65.
Sophomore Tamilia Wright took second in the triple jump after touching down 11.83m (38-09.75). Bryan finished three spots back in fifth after stopping the tape at 11.46m (37-07.25).
Junior Kevin Hires led the Catamounts in the men’s triple jump as he placed second after leaping 14.44m (47-04.50). Freshman Nicholas Lyons came in fifth in the event with a distance of 12.87m (42-02.75).
The final second place finish for the Catamounts came in the women’s discus as senior Hailey Cook achieved a mark of 43.78m (143-08). Cook also placed in the top-five in the shot put. She came in third with a mark of 14.35m (47-01.00). Sophomore Simone Williams came in one spot back in fourth after stopping the tape at 13.41m (44-00.00).
Lamont took third in the men’s 200m as he clocked in at 21.63. Kiedi just missed the podium in fourth after crossing the line in 21.74.
M. Little picked up a third place finish as well in the women’s 100m. She stopped the clock in 12.33.
Whitehead placed fifth in the women’s 400m after rounding the track in 59.00 while junior Katarina Ruehl picked up a fifth place showing the 3,000m steeplechase after clocking in at 12:06.45.
The Catamounts will take a week off from competition before returning to the track Friday, April 28 for the WCU Invitational presented by Catamount Travel Center.