April 26, 2009
Statesboro, Ga. -Western Carolina men's Track & Field wins 2009 Southern Conference Championship and women's team places second held in Statesboro, Ga on the campus of Georgia Southern University.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team clinched the 2009 SoCon Championship with a first place finish and Citadel finishing in second place ahead of Appalachian State to secure the victory. The team of Thomas Funderburk, Dominique Young, Benny Davis, and Manteo Mitchell took first with a time of 3:18.09 seconds.
In the women's Heptathlon final freshman Jettana Thomas took fourth with 4,416 points earning five points for the Catamounts. Freshman Alicia Gainey also earned a point in eighth place with 4,071 points.
In the men's Decathlon final sophomore Sean Reardon broke the SoCon & Western Carolina record with 6,493 points. The mark was set by teammate Matt Evans earlier this year at the Winthrop Invitational at 6,462 points. Reardon also is now the SoCon record holder, breaking the record set in 2000, which the previous mark was 6,287 points.
In the men's 1500 meter run junior Stephen Hammond placed fifth with a time of 3:57.83 earning four points for Western Carolina.
In the women's 4x100-meter relay the Catamounts took first place for the third straight year and broke last year's SoCon record with a time of 45.51 seconds. The team consisted of freshman Emma Bowers, sophomore Felicia Paulding, sophomore Janet Carothers, and senior Aneesha Lane. The women's team also qualified for the NCAA regional with their record-breaking time.
In the men's 4x100-meter relay Western Carolina took first place for the fifth straight year finishing with a time of 40.24 seconds. The team of senior Kevin Johnson, senior Manteo Mitchell, junior Dominique Young, and freshman Benny Davis also qualified for the NCAA regional.
In the women's 4x400-meter relay Western Carolina took first place for the third straight with a time of 3:44.99 seconds. The team consisted of Shalyn McMichael, Janet Carothers, Felisha Garren, and Felicia Paulding.
In the men's 400-meter dash senior Manteo Mitchell placed first with a time 47.96 seconds earning ten points for Western Carolina. Freshman Benny Davis placed third with a time of 48.68 seconds earning six points for the Catamounts.
In the women's 100-meter dash sophomore Felicia Paulding took first place by .01 seconds with a time of 11.76 earning ten points for the Catamounts. Freshman Emma Bowers took third place with a time of 12.07 seconds.
In the men's 100-meter dash junior Dominique Young placed first with a time of 10.53 seconds earning ten points for the Catamounts. Senior Manteo Mitchell took second place with a time of 10.71 seconds. Western Carolina sweeps the women's 200-meter dash event with sophomore Felicia Paulding taking first place with a time of 23.95 seconds. Sophomore Janet Carothers placed second with a time of 24.06 seconds. Freshman Emma Bowers rounded out the swept finishing in third place with a time of 24.33 seconds.
The men's 200-meter dash was also a sweep of the Catamounts taking first place from senior Manteo Mitchell with a time of 20.90 seconds. Junior Dominique Young placed second with a time of 20.94 seconds. Senior Kevin Johnson placed third with a time of 21.45 seconds to round out the sweep.
In the men's 110-meter Hurdles junior Christian Bethune placed fourth with a time of 15.05 seconds earning five points for the Catamounts.
In the women's 400-meter Hurdles junior Tierra Johnson placed first with a time of 1:03.54 seconds. Johnson helped the Catamount earn ten more points in the Championship.
In the men's Triple Jump event senior Daniel Joseph placed second with a jump of 14.73 meters earning eight points for the Catamounts. Sophomore Matt Evans took fifth with a jump of 13.70 meters for Western Carolina.
In the women's Triple Jump event junior Tia Jones placed third with a jump of 12.18 meters. Jones earned six points for the Catamounts in the event.
In the women's High Jump event sophomore Janet Carothers placed fifth with a jump of 1.65 meters earning four points for Western Carolina.
Sophomore Matt Evans took first place in the men's High Jump event for the second straight year with a jump of 2.10 meters.
In the men's Discus Throw freshman Jamie Van Pelt took home first place honors throwing 48.53 meters earning ten points for the Catamounts in the event.
The Catamounts return to action in two weeks to Chapel Hill, N.C. to participate in the UNC last chance meet.
Final Men's Team Standings
1. Western Carolina 254
2. Appalachian State 253.5
3. The Citadel 70
4. Samford 66.5
5. Davidson 63
6. Chattanooga 40
7. UNC Greensboro 32
8. Furman 28
9. Wofford 10
Final Women's Team Standings
1. Appalachian State 210.5
2. Western Carolina 177
3. Georgia Southern 146.5
4. Elon 84
5. Chattanooga 52
6. Samford 44
7. College of Charleston 42
8. The Citadel 27
9. Davidson 23
10. Furman 9
11. UNC Greensboro 3
12. Wofford 0
Freshman of the Year Jamie Van Pelt, Western Carolina
Most Valuable Track Performer Manteo Mitchell, Western Carolina
Most Valuable Field Performer Matt Evans, Western Carolina
Most Outstanding Athlete Manteo Mitchell, Western Carolina
Coach of the Year Danny Williamson, Western Carolina
Freshman of the Year Emma Bowers, Western Carolina
Most Valuable Track Performer Felicia Paulding, Western Carolina
Most Valuable Field Performer Melanie Trumbo, Georgia Southern
Most Outstanding Athlete Lilly Tallent, Appalachian State
Coach of the Year John Weaver, Appalachian State