May 13, 2012
ATLANTA, Ga. - Western Carolina's track & field teams competed in the final day of the Clemson Tiger Qualifier and the Georgia Tech Invitational, Saturday, with senior Summer Hughes winning the javelin throw.
Hughes, a Bryson City, N.C., native, threw 40.02m to defeat Coastal Carolina's Danielle England who tossed a 35.78m throw. The win is the first of the season for Hughes.
Sophomore Brittany Diggs ran a personal best in the 200-meter dash in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Invitational as she crossed the stripe in 24.79. Her previous best was 25.17 that she ran a year ago.
Both of the women's relay teams competed in Atlanta with the 4x400-meter relay team placing sixth with a time of 3:47.66 and the 4x100-meter relay team finishing in 47.65.
On the men's side, senior Jamie Van Pelt came off of his SoCon Championship winning personal-best in the hammer with his second best throw of the season, 57.66m, to finish fourth. Classmate Cornelius Williams also placed fourth in the triple jump as he jumped his second longest of the season with his best of 14.46m.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team placed the highest of any Catamount relay team on Saturday as the group finished third with its fastest time of the season, 3:09.53, just off the WCU record of 3:08.34 set in 2007. The team consisted of Aaron Tribble, Aaron Harris, Brandon Hairston and Benny Davis.
The 4x100-meter relay team finished seventh with a time of 41.01.