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WCU Begins the 2014 SoCon Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday

WCU set to defend its outdoor track & field championship titles.

April 25, 2014

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Spartanburg, S.C. - The Western Carolina men's and women's track & field teams head to the Viking Athletic Complex for the two-day 2014 Southern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships as the Catamounts look to defend their titles from the 2013 championship.

Day One Live Blog | Day Two Live Blog | Schedule of Events | Live Results (when link becomes available)

The championships will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. with the men's decathlon events, followed by the women's heptathlon events at 8:30 a.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday at 5 p.m.

Western Carolina's men and women both took home SoCon titles at the 2013 championship held at Georgia Southern. The Catamount men scored 222.5 points to earn the victory and edge second-place Samford by 13.5 points. Appalachian State finished third with 183.5 points, and Davidson took fourth with 70.5.

The WCU women's team finished 38 points ahead of Appalachian State, who took second with 159.5 points. Georgia Southern (112.5) and Elon (111) were third and fourth, respectively. Western Carolina's Alisha Bradshaw (Most Outstanding Field Performer) and Western Carolina's Tayla Carter (Freshman of the Year) will all compete in this year's meet after taking home individual honors at the 2013 championships.

WCU, on the heels of its 2014 indoor championship, looks for the season sweep if the Catamounts win both titles at the two-day meet. At the indoor championship, head coach Danny Williamson was named both the men's and women's Coach of the Year, while Jared Johnson was named Most Outstanding Field Athlete and Josh McSwain was named Freshman of the Year.

In the most recent power rankings, which include meets through April 20, Western Carolina leads the women's side with 197.5 points, trailed by Samford with 161 points. Elon (133) is third, followed by Appalachian State (116), Georgia Southern (105.5) and UNCG (27).

Samford (226.5) holds the top spot in the men's power rankings by a single point over Western Carolina (225.5), while Appalachian State sits at third with 139.5 points. The Citadel (77) and Furman (53) sit at fourth and fifth, respectively.

The event is free to the public. Live results, daily recaps, daily photos and video highlights can be found at WCU's media relations department is also providing a live blog with up to the minute results, photos, comments and commentary from the meet which is available online and on any mobile device.

Women's Outdoor Track and Field Power Ranking
Western Carolina -- 197.5
Samford - 161
Elon - 133
Appalachian State - 116
Georgia Southern -- 105.5
UNCG - 27
Davidson - 18
The Citadel - 16
Furman - 15
Chattanooga - 12
Wofford - 6

Men's Outdoor Track and Field Power Rankings
Samford -- 226.5
Western Carolina -- 225.5
Appalachian State -- 139.5
The Citadel - 77
Furman - 53
Davidson -- 44.5
Chattanooga - 16
UNCG - 6
Wofford - 3