May 13, 2014
Geensboro, N.C. - Western Carolina men's and women's track and field teams took athletes to the Aggie Last Chance meet with the hopes of improving their stock on the NCAA East Qualifying performance list.
The top 48 athletes in their respective events in the region qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla. hosted by North Florida on May 29 though May 31.
In the high jump, Xaveria Bass, who had a previous high mark of 1.74m on the season and for her career, leaped from outside the East Prelim bubble to 18th qualifying her for the meet clearing the bar at 1.78m en route to claiming the top podium spot at the meet.
Tayla Carter, who ranks 15th in the East and 33rd in the NCAA in the 100m dash with a time of 11.42 seconds, did not run in her top event, but instead attempted to advance her standing in the 200m dash. Carter entered the weekend 29th in the region and 59th in the NCAA in the 200m dash with a time of 23.50 - the time she posted to win the 200m at the Southern Conference Championship. However, the sophomore turned in a time of 24.04 seconds at the meet.
Genevieve Emrick and Corina Archie-McMillian competed in the women's 400m with Emrick finished in fourth place after a time of 54.68 seconds and Archie-McMillian taking seventh circling the track in 55.35 seconds. Emrick, a junior, is just outside the cut off mark the East Prelims in 50th place in the 400m. Her time of 54.31 came from the Beynon Sports Catamount Classic.
WCU's LeNiesha Kearse also competed for the Catamounts in the 200m. The freshman turned in a time of 25.89 seconds, her best mark of the season, including indoor and outdoor meets.
Freshman Hailey Cook, won the shot put with a season and career best toss of 14.23m. Cook, who had never broken the 14-meter mark, cracked the top 75, 71st, on the East qualifying list. In the hammer throw, junior Alisha Bradshaw won the event with a toss of 53.32m setting a new personal best moving her into 71st on the qualifying list.
In the 800m, Lena Elliott finished in fifth after a time of 2:14.17.
In the women's 4x400m relay, WCU's foursome of Archie-McMillan, Emrick, Elliott and Carter finished in second with a time of 3:40.17.
On the men's side, Abraham Faison ran a personal and season best time of 14.54 seconds in the 110m hurdles in the meet's preliminary race. In the finals, Faison's time dipped to 14.55 seconds placing him in eighth place. Faison has already qualified for the East Prelim Meet in the 400m hurdles with a time of 52.18 seconds from the SoCon Championship Meet.
Earl Rahming, who was looking to improve on his 51st place ranking in the 400m, finished in third after a time of 47.66 seconds - failing to improve on his time and sneak into the top 48. Aaron Harris finished eight with a time of 47.89 seconds. Harris is 68th on the list and also failed to improve on his best time of the season.
The Catamounts will compete in the Georgia Tech Invitational Friday, May 16 through Saturday, May 17 with the hopes of improving their times and to continue to qualify for the NCAA East Prelims.