CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men’s and women’s track & field teams won nine events at the WCU Invitational presented by the Catamount Travel Center Friday afternoon at the Catamount Athletic Complex. Sophomore Hailey Cook broke the school record in the shot put for the third time in her career and second time this season as she placed second in the event. Sophomore Kevin Hires won two events on the men’s side including the 110m hurdles and the triple jump.
Cook broke her own school record in the shot put with a toss of 15.41m (50-06.75) which bested the old mark by 2.75”. Freshman Simone Williams took fifth with a mark of 12.06m (39-07.00) while track newcomer and WCU volleyball team member Kaycey Cermin placed seventh with a toss of 11.32m (37-01.75).
Hires led a group of six Catamounts who finished in the top-eight of the 110m hurdles. Hires set a new season best as he won the event with a time of 14.91. Freshman Devyn Montel Jones, sophomore Clinton Jones and freshman Dylan Andrade took second through fourth. D. Jones turned in a time of 15.03 while C. Jones crossed in 15.40. Andrade closed out the top-four with a time of 15.67. Seniors Eric Blake and Christian Carswell rounded out the top-eight in seventh and eighth, respectively. Blake crossed the finish line in 16.14 while Carswell came across at 16.49.
Freshman Justin Kenard, senior Jamie Bigby and freshman Caleb Albrecht swept the podium in the men’s 800m. Kenard set a WCU season best with a time of 1:51.68 while Bigby came in at 1:52.80 followed by Albrecht in 1:52.88. Freshman Mile Greer also picked up a top-eight finish as he crossed the line in eighth with a time of 1:55.89.
The Catamounts swept the podium once again in the men’s 400m hurdles. Andrade led the group as he won with a time of 53.54. Blake came across second after stopping the clock at 56.30 while D. Jones placed third with a time of 56.79. C. Jones picked up a top-eight finish as he came in sixth with a time of 1:05.17.
Freshmen Tyrie Adams and Draven Crist tied for the top spot in the men’s high jump as they both cleared 2.03m (6-08.00). Carswell took third at 1.97m (6-05.50) while freshman Jamie Brown came in fourth after topping 1.94m (6-04.25).
Hires and D. Johnson took the top two spots in the men’s triple jump. Hires won the event with a distance of 14.35m (47-01.00) while Johnson claimed second at 14.32m (46-11.75). Kernes was the final top-eight finisher for WCU as he took fifth with a mark of 13.53m (44-04.75).
Junior Scott Peretin turned in his best performance of the year in the men’s hammer throw as he won the event with a toss of 51.33m (168-05) which topped his previous season best by three inches. Sophomore Mateius Brown took fourth at 46.55m (152-09) while junior Evan Albertson came in fifth with a distance of 46.27m (151-10). The final top-eight finisher was sophomore Chase Stehling who took sixth with a toss of 41.12m (134-11).
Peretin and Albertson finished first and second in the men’s shot put. Peretin took the top spot with a toss of 14.89m (48-10.25) while Albertson followed at 14.83m (48-08.00). Stehling finished one spot back in fourth with a mark of 12.88m (42-03.25).
The men had five teams compete in the 4x400m relay with the top team turning in a time of 3:19.33. The Catamounts took first, second, fourth, fifth and seventh in the event.
Brown and Albertson took second and third, respectively, in the men’s discus. Brown posted a mark of 46.87m (153-09) while Albertson stopped the tape at 43.28m (142-00). Carswell finished four spots back in the seventh with a mark of 30.96m (101-07).
Senior David Johnson stood atop the podium following the men’s long jump as he won the event with a leap of 6.97m (22-10.50) while Kernes placed third at 6.87m (22-06.50).
Senior Corina Archie-McMillan set a new season best in the women’s 400m with a time of 56.94 as she finished second. Freshmen Dasha Arnaut and Sally Woerner took sixth and seventh, respectively, as Arnaut stopped the clock at 57.88 while Woerner crossed the line in 58.56.
Sophomore Thor Smith led a group of five Catamounts in the men’s pole vault. Smith placed second after topping 4.70m (15-05.00) while sophomore Corey Ginley came in third after clearing 4.60m (15-01.00). Senior Dustin Triplett and Carswell took fourth and fifth, respectively. Triplett topped 4.60m but did it in more attempts then Ginley while Carswell cleared 4.50m. Crist took the final top-eight spot in seventh with a height of 3.50m (11-05.75).
Freshman Tamilia Wright tied her own season best in the women’s triple jump as she placed second with a distance of 12.00m (39-04.50). Junior Chenell Bryan placed fourth followed by freshman Alanna Johnson in fifth. Bryan touched down at 11.32m (37-01.75) while Johnson turned in a leap of 11.22m (36-09.75). Sophomore Erin West rounded out WCU’s top performers as she took seventh with a distance of 11.01m (36-01.50).
Sophomores Henry Kiedy and Dakota Lamont took second and third, respectively, in the men’s 400m. Kiedy crossed the line in 47.97 while Lamont turned in a time of 49.15. Senior Max Burke and freshman Brian Fernandez finished in fifth and sixth, respectively, as well. Burke stopped the clock at 49.91 while Fernandez finished in 50.40.
Junior Anisia Starege took second in the women’s high jump as she cleared 1.68m (5-06.00). Junior Tiffani Lewis and senior Holly Gaines tied for fifth as they both topped 1.62m (5-03.75). The final top-eight finisher for WCU was freshman Ashley Parker who took seventh with a height of 1.57m (5-01.75).
Freshman Kaitlyn Lingard topped her own season best in the women’s 800m as she finished second with a time of 2:13.48. Fellow freshman Amanda Johnson came in three spots back in fifth as she crossed the line in 2:19.89.
Triplett and sophomore Cody Briggs placed second and third in the men’s javelin. Triplett set a new WCU season best with a toss of 51.10m (167-08) while Briggs stopped the tape at 42.97m (141-00).
Senior Korie Bennett and sophomore Meghan Breden came in second and third in the women’s pole vault. Bennett cleared 3.75m (12-03.50) while Breden topped 3.50m (11-05.75). Freshmen Brittany Faw and Kennedy Williams took sixth and eighth, respectively. Faw posted a height of 3.20m (10-06.00) while Williams cleared 3.05m (10-00.00).
Cook topped her own season best in the women’s hammer throw as she stopped the tape at 49.42m (162-02) to take third in the event. S. Williams came in two spots back in fifth with a toss of 44.61m (146-04).
Freshman Jordan Bostian led a trio of Catamounts in the men’s 5,000m. Bostian placed third overall after crossing the line in 16:00.04. Fellow freshman Joel Freeman came in one spot back in fourth with a time of 16:04.30. The final WCU finisher was freshman Harrison Conner who came in sixth after stopping the clock at 16:22.90.
WCU took third, fifth, sixth and seventh in the women’s 4x400m relay. The top WCU team posted a time of 3:56.51.
Sophomore Katarina Ruehl placed third in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:49.51.
Josh Little took third in the men’s 200m followed by Burke in fourth. Little posted a time of 22.13 while Burke crossed the line in 22.16. Sophomore Robbie Tompa rounded out the top-eight as he finished eighth with a time of 22.53.
Junior Latasha Pride led a group of four Catamounts in the women’s 400m hurdles. Pride took fourth after crossing the line in 1:05.00. Sophomore Alyiah Riley came in next in fifth with a time of 1:05.86 while freshmen Nidonna Nicholson and Marisa Scott finished in seventh and eighth, respectively. Nicholson turned in a time of 1:10.17 while Scott stopped the clock at 1:10.82.
Freshman Danyel Desouza took fourth in the women’s 200m with a time of 25.19 while Lewis placed seventh after crossing the line in 25.66.
Cook came in fourth in the women’s discus with a toss of 43.45m (142-07) while S. Williams took seventh at 38.26m (125-06). Cermin who was making her track & field debut placed eighth with a toss of 36.50m (119-09).
Freshman Liam Brooks took fifth in the men’s 3,000m after crossing the line in 8:56.25.
Woerner and K. Williams took sixth and seventh, respectively, in the women’s javelin. Woerner stopped the tape at 30.03m (98-06) while K. Williams came in at 29.59m (97-01).
Riley came in sixth in the women’s 100m hurdles as she crossed the line in 15.44 while Nicholson finished two spots back in eighth after crossing the line in 15.66.
Bryan and Lewis took sixth and eighth, respectively, in the women’s long jump. Bryan stopped the tape at 5.50m (18-00.50) while Lewis turned in a distance of 5.36m (17-07.00).
Freshman Jada Blake took seventh in the women’s 1,500m as she stopped the clock in 4:59.98.
The Catamounts will next be in action Thursday, May 12 as they begin the 2016 Southern Conference Championships. WCU will serve as hosts of the 2016 championship meet which will take place May 12-13 at the Catamount Athletic Complex.