LEXINGTON, Ky. - A pair of junior sprinters and a freshman jumper from the Western Carolina track & field program closed out their seasons Thursday night at the 2017 NCAA East Preliminary hosted by the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. All three were making their first career appearances at the NCAA event.
Junior Keion Crossen was the first Catamount to take to the track as he competed in the 100m. The event was broken down into six heats with the top three finishers in each heat advancing to the Friday semifinals. Crossen took part in the first heat and finished seventh with a time of 10.66. The Garysburg, N.C., native finished just ahead of Robert Harris III from the University of Albany. The top three finishers in his heat came from LSU, Auburn and North Carolina State. Overall, Crossen’s time earned him 45th overall as he topped runners from Troy, Albany and Michigan.
Junior Dakota Lamont was next to the track as he competed in the 400m. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native finished eighth in his heat as he rounded the track in 48.95. Champ Page of Ohio State won the heat with a time of 47.01 while runners from North Carolina A&T and Western Kentucky took second and third, respectively. Overall, Lamont took 46th in the event as he topped Ashley Riley of Southeastern Louisiana and Michal Cheeks of Clemson.
The final Catamount in action was freshman Jazmine Gooden won competed in the women’s long jump. Gooden finished 48th overall with a leap of 5.48m (17-11.75). Kate Hall of Georgia was the top finisher as she posted a distance of 6.68m (21-11.00).
Senior Hailey Cook will compete in the women’s shot put Saturday afternoon as the final Catamount still in action.