May 22, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Six individual student-athletes will represent Western Carolina in seven different events at the 2014 NCAA East Preliminary Meet in Jacksonville, Fla. hosted by North Florida May 29 through May 31.
"We are very proud of these athletes who have been selected and have earned the right to compete in the NCAA East Prelims," head coach Danny Williamson said. "This is a credit to their hard work, determination and heart as they did an outstanding job representing WCU this season. "
The top 48 competitors in each event and the top 24 relay teams were listed to compete in the preliminary meet with the top 12 finishers moving onto the NCAA National Championship Meet in Eugene, Ore on Wednesday, June 11 though Friday, June 13.
Tayla Carter will represent the Catamounts in two events the 100m and the 200m dashes. She won the Southern Conference Championship in both of those events. Carter qualified as the 14th fastest runner in the 100m with a time of 11.42 seconds. Her mark was not only a personal best, but also a new WCU school record. She qualified 23rd in the 200m with a time of 23.50 seconds, which was a personal best time and the fast time at the SoCon Championship Meet.
Genevieve Emrick narrowly squeezed into the meet as the 48th seed in the 400m with a time of 54.31 seconds from the Beynon Catamount Sports Classic. Emrick had the fastest time in the 400m prelims at the SoCon meet, but finished third in the finals.
Xaveria Bass is the final women's individual competitor in the meet as she qualified 24th in the high jump clearing the bar at a height of 1.78m. Bass's personal best height came in the final meet of the season for bass, the Aggie Last Chance Meet.
On the men's side, Earl Rahming qualified in 39th with a time of 47.21 seconds in the 400m run. Rahming's time was the fastest time at the SoCon Championship Meet.
Abraham Faison qualified in 36th in the 400m hurdles with a time of 52.18 seconds. Faison's time also placed him on the top spot at the podium at the SoCon Championship Meet.
David Johnson will represent the Catamounts as the lone field competitor as he qualified in 19th with a distance of 15.48m in the triple jump.
"We are excited to be able to move up on the rankings list with the top 12 advancing on the NCAA Championship Meet," Williamson added. "Our goal is to have better marks and times than what we were seeded."
Narrowly missing the field, is WCU's 4x400m women's relay team of Corina Archie-McMillan, Emrick, Lena Elliot and Carter who qualified 25th and Aaron Harris in the 400m. The relay team or Harris could advance if there is a scratch in their respective events before Sunday night at 9 p.m.