CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's and women's track & field programs set a number of meet and facility records while junior Hailey Cook broke her own school record in the women's shot put with a toss of 15.34m (50-04.00). She bested her old school record, which she set last season, by over a foot. As a team, the Catamounts won 10 events on the final day and took home both team titles. The women won over the 14 team field by nearly 100 points while the men won by 158 points.
Marshall and Dayton took second and third, respectively on the women's side while ETSU and North Greenville finished second and third on the men's side.
Cook topped the shot put field with a school record toss of 15.34m (50-04.00) while freshman Simone Williams placed seventh with a distance of 12.02m (39-05.25).
Senior Christian Carswell nearly set a school record in the men's decathlon as he fell just 12 points shy of the seven-year old record. Carswell won the decathlon with a meet and facility record 6,481 points. The total was a personal best and season-high for the Catamounts. Freshman Draven Crist finished three spot back in fourth with a total of 5,558 points.
Senior Holly Gaines set a meet and facility record in the women's heptathlon with 4,761 points. It marked a season-high for WCU as well. Freshman Marisa Scott took fifth with 3,909 points while classmate Nidonna Nicholson claimed sixth with 3,899 tallies.
Sophomore Henry Kiedy topped the meet record in the men's 400m as he led the field with a time of 47.40. The time was also a season best for WCU. Sophomore Dakota Lamont finished two spots back in third after stopping the clock at 47.52 while freshman Brian Fernandez claimed sixth at 50.65.
Senior Tayla Carter took titles in both the 100m and 200m. She won the 100m with a time of 11.69 while taking the 200m in 24.24. Freshman Bri Anna Adams picked up a fourth place finish in the 100m at 11.99 while finishing second to Carter in the 200m with a time of 24.51. The final Catamount in the top-eight in both events was freshman Mia Little. Little took fifth in the 100m after stopping the clock at 12.00 while she completed the podium sweep in the 200m with a third place showing at 24.80.
The men's 4x400m relay team consisting of Kiedy, Lamont, freshman Dylan Andrade and freshman Justin Kenard set a new meet record with a blazing time of 3:15.15. WCU also had teams finish fourth and sixth in the event to pick up key points towards the team victory.
Little, Carter, Adams and junior Tiffani Lewis teamed up to win the women's 4x100m relay with a season best time of 45.56. WCU also took fourth and sixth in the event.
Andrade claimed the 400m hurdles title on the men's side with a season best time of 53.31. Senior Eric Blake took second at 54.98 while freshman Devyn Montel Jones completed the podium sweep in third after stopping the clock at 57.34. The other Catamount Jones, Clinton Jones, took seventh after crossing the line in 1:00.43.
Freshman Jamie Brown claimed the final Catamount victory as he won the men's long jump with a leap of 7.44m (24-05.00). Fellow freshman Tyrie Adams returned after his excellent high jump performance on Friday to take seventh in the long jump after touching down at 6.72m (22-00.75). The final Catamount in the top-eight was junior Tremaine Kernes who finished eighth at 6.64m (21-09.50).
Lewis set a season best in the women's long jump as she finished second with a leap of 5.63m (18-05.75). Junior Chenell Bryan came in fifth after touching down at 5.52m (18-01.50) while junior Sage Proffitt took seventh after stopping the tape at 5.27m (17-03.50).
Kiedy took second in the men's 200m with a season best time of 21.62 while Lamont finished third in 21.68.
Senior Dustin Triplett led a trio of Catamounts in the men's pole vault. Triplett finished second after clearing 4.70m (15-05.00) while sophomore Corey Ginley topped 4.55m (14-11.00) to take third. The final Catamount in the top-eight was sophomore Thor Smith who posted a height of 4.40m (14-05.25) to take fourth.
Carter, senior Corina Archie-McMillan, freshman Dasha Arnaut and Adams teamed up to take second in the women's 4x400m relay with a time of 3:53.83. WCU's "B" squad finished fourth in the event as well.
Senior Korie Bennett led a quartet of Catamounts in the top-eight of the women's pole vault. Bennett tied for second in the event after clearing 3.50m (11-05.75) while sophomore Meghan Breden finished fourth after topping 3.35m (10-11.75). Freshman Kennedy Williams placed sixth with a height of 3.05m (10-00.00) while freshman Brittany Faw came in seventh at 2.90m (9-06.25).
Senior Jared Johnson led a group of five Catamounts in the men's shot put. Johnson took second at 15.35m (50-04.50) while sophomore Mateius Brown came in fourth with a toss of 15.15m (49-08.50). Junior Scott Peretin came in fifth with a distance of 14.90m (48-10.75) while junior Evan Albertson placed sixth at 13.90m (45-07.25). The final Catamount to finish in the top-eight was sophomore Chase Stehling whose toss of 13.75m (45-01.50) earned him the seventh place position.
Cook finished second in the women's discus after her throw touched down at 41.50m (136-02). Senior Morgan Lau claimed fifth with a distance of 34.93m (114-07) while Williams came in sixth at 34.70m (113-10).
Peretin took second in the men's discus with a toss of 46.97m (154-01). Johnson and Brown finished in third and fourth, respectively, with tosses of 46.38m (152-02) and 46.12m (151-04). The final top-eight finisher was Albertson who came in sixth with a distance of 40.28m (132-02).
Archie-McMillan came in third in the women's 400m after stopping the clock at 57.95 while Arnaut claimed fourth with a time of 58.47.
Sophomore Kevin Hires finished third in the men's 110m hurdles with a season best time of 15.38 while C. Jones came across fourth at 15.50. Andrade was next in sixth with a time of 15.55 while Blake took seventh in 15.59.
Freshman Kaitlyn Lingard took third in the women's 800m with a season best time of 2:16.12.
Senior Jamie Bigby led a group of four Catamounts in the men's 800m. Bigby took fourth after crossing the line in 1:52.34 which marked a season best for WCU. Freshman Caleb Albrecht took fifth at 1:52.76 while Kenard came in sixth with a time of 1:54.89. The final Catamount finisher was freshman Miles Greer who came across seventh at 1:55.10.
Riley picked up a fourth place finish in the women's 100m hurdles after crossing the line in 14.56.
J. Lewis posted a time of 10.99 in the men's 100m to finish fourth while Kernes took seventh at 11.08.
The final two top-eight finishers on the day were sophomore Katarina Ruehl and senior Kaitlyn Shetler. Ruehl finished fifth in the women's 3,000m steeplechase with a season-best time of 11:56.89 while Shetler came across in 12:17.41 to earn eighth.
WCU honored its senior student-athletes in a ceremony before the track events began on Saturday afternoon. The Catamounts will return to action April 22-23 at the Georgia Tech Invitational.