April 27, 2014
Spartanburg, S.C. - Western Carolina men's and women's track & field teams entered the final day of the 2014 Southern Conference Outdoor Championship behind in the standings and despite a furious and exciting charge for the title the Catamounts came up short ending the final day with both teams as runner-ups.
On the women's side, Samford claimed the overall team championship with 166.50 points, while the Catamounts finished in the second with 155 points. Elon took third with 131 points, and Appalachain State finished four with 126 points. Georgia Southern completed the top five with 117.50 points.
Samford swept the event claiming the men's title with 207 points, only three points ahead of WCU's 204 points. App State held third with 165.50 points, while The Citadel snuck into the top five with 91 points. Furman finished fifth completing the top five teams with 55 points.
In the final heptathlon standings, WCU claimed the fourth, fifth and sixth positions scoring 12 team points for the Catamounts. Anne Greer finished fourth with 4,312 points, Holly Gaines took fifth with 4,109 points and Stephanie Burris finished sixth with 3,735 points.
WCU took second in the men's 4x100m with a time of 40.78 seconds. Jermaine Lewis, Jerry Wickerson, Earl Rahming and Demari Boswell compiled the Catamount team. The women's team was disqualified for passing the baton outside of one of the exchange zones.
Genevieve Emrick took third in the women's 400m dash with a time of 54.82 seconds. Corina Archie-McMillan finished in fourth collecting five points for WCU with a time of 55.17 seconds. Shiniqua Proyor picked up two points finishing in seventh place with a time of 56.88 seconds. Archie-McMillian's time was a personal best.
In the 400m, Rahming and Aaron Harris finished in first and second with times of 47.21 and 47.38 respectively. Both runners set new personal records in the race. Adrian Ortado, Boswell and Ammari Phillips took fifth, sixth seventh with times of 48.73 seconds, 49.39 seconds and 49.46 seconds.
In the men's 100m dash, Wickerson, Marquis Bailey and Jermaine Lewis finished in fifth, sixth and seventh. Bailey and Wickerson each ran times of 10.73 seconds, while Lewis finished slightly behind at 10.79 seconds. Wickerson ran a personal best, and Lewis ran a season best time. The trio scored nine points for the Catamounts.
In the women's 100m dash, Tayla Carter repeated as the 100m dash champion with a time of 11.59 seconds scoring 10 points for the Catamounts. Janise Robinson finished in sixth place with a time of 12.26 seconds. Xaveria Bass followed in seventh with a time of 12.61 seconds.
Bailey and Abraham Faison finished in first and second place in the 110m hurdles after times after a time of 14.59 seconds and 14.64 seconds respectively. Bailey's time was a personal best. Eric Blake and Lusty scored points for the Catamounts as well, with Blake finishing in sixth with a time of 15.68 seconds and Lusty finishing in seventh with a time of 15.75 seconds.
In the women's 100m hurdles, Bass finished in second with a time of 13.97 seconds. LeNisha Kearse followed in second place with a time of 14.28 seconds. The duo notched 14 points for the Catamounts. Brittany Diggs and Michaela Birek also notched points for WCU with a sixth place finish and eight place finish respectively. Diggs ran a time of 14.64 seconds, and Birek finished in 14.84 seconds setting a new personal best mark.
Harris and Bigby finished in fifth and sixth in the 800m run with times of 1:53.54 and 1:53.63. Bigby's time set a new personal best time.
In the women's 800m, Lena Elliott and Hayley Tomlinson finished back-to-back in sixth and seventh. Elliott crossed the finish line in a personal best time of 2:10.57, while Tomlinson finished with a time of 2:10.79 narrowly missing her personal best time, but setting a new season low time.
In the men's 400m hurdles, WCU swept the top three podium spots with Faison, Eric Blake and Bailey finishing one, two and three. Faison finished with a time of 52.18 seconds for a new personal best. Blake's time of 52.91 seconds and Bailey's time of 53.35 were both season low times.
Birek finished second with a personal best time of 59.90 seconds, while Latasha Pride and Kearse finished in seventh and eighth. Pride ran a time of 1:03.16 was her best of the season and Kearse's time of 1:04.45 was also a personal best time.
WCU had four runner score points in the men's 200m with Wickerson leading the way with a third place finish after a time of 21.70 seconds for a personal best. Rahming took fifth with a time of 21.83 seconds. Ortado and Lewis finished in seventh and eighth after times of 22.06 seconds respectively and 22.28 seconds.
In the women's 200m dash, Carter collected 10 points for the Catamounts with a first place finish after a time of 23.50 seconds for a new personal best.
WCU's men's 4x400m relay team took the top spot as Rahming, Harris, Boswell and Ortado got the baton around the track in a time of 3:13.01. Again, the women's team was disqualified for exchanging the baton outside of the exchange zone.
In the men's discus, Andy Benesh scored two points for WCU with a seventh place finish after a toss of 41.56m for a personal best.
Alisha Bradshaw claimed fourth in the women's shot put and scored five points for WCU after distance of 13.92m. Hailey Cook followed with a fifth place finish picking up four points after a distance of 13.90m -- her best of the outdoor season.
Carswell had WCU's best performance in the high jump clearing the bar at a height of 1.93m to finish in eighth place and claim a point for the Catamounts. His mark tied his best height of the season.
WCU had three athletes score and two athletes finish on the podium in the men's triple jump. David Johnson finished in second with a jump of 15.00m claiming eight points for WCU, while Josh McSwain followed taking third place with a distance of 14.71m eating six points. Tyler Bell finished in sixth after a jump of 14.00m.
In the women's triple jump, Bass finished in fifth with a distance of 11.14m earning four points, while Tiffani Lewis took eighth place and scored one point for the Catamounts with distance of 10.96m.
In the men's shot put, Jared Johnson was the lone Catamount to score points, five, after a fourth place finish following a toss of 15.15m -- his best mark of the outdoor season.
In the women's discus both Bradshaw and Cook notched points for WCU. Bradshaw collected eight points after a second place finish following a toss of 45.88m -- her best of the season. Cook claimed two points after a seventh place finish after a throw of 41.80m.
In one of the final events, Anisia Starege earned a third place finish and six points after clearing the bar in the women's high jump at a height of 1.70m -- matching her best of the season. Bass finished in fifth also at a height of 1.70m.