May 30, 2014
Jacksonville, Fla. - Six Western Carolina track and field athletes competed in the NCAA East Prelim Track & Field meet with four Catamounts improving on their standings entering meet.
After a 30 minute weather delay on day one, the gun sounded for the first event, the 400m hurdles prelims. Abraham Faison, who qualified 36th, moved up six spots finishing in 30th with a time of 52.37. Faison finished in fifth in his heat.
The women's 100m dash prelims started around 7:25 p.m. with Tayla Carter representing the Catamounts as 14th qualifier. Carter slid down to 38th place with a time of 11.94 seconds failing to advance.
The men's 400m dash started at 7:50 p.m. with Earl Rahming, who was the 39th qualifier entering the meet, representing WCU. Rahming improved one spot finishing in 38th with a time of 47.40 seconds.
Genevieve Emrick was the final WCU athlete to compete on the first day as she took the track in the 400m,which started at 8:15 p.m. Emrick, who was the 48th qualifier, improved her standing finishing in 40th with a time of 54.44 seconds.
On day two, Xaviera Bass finished in a tie for 29th in the women's high jump clearing the bar at a height of 1.72 meters. Bass, who was ranked 24th entering the meet, slipped in the final standings.
David Johnson competed for WCU in the men's triple jump as the 19th qualifier. Johnson slipped to 42nd at the meet jumping a distance of 14.29m.
In the women's 200m, Carter competed in her second event of the meet. She entered the meet with the 23rd fastest time, but finished in 38th after a time of 24.10 seconds.
None of WCU's athletes qualified for the semifinals or advanced to the NCAA National Championship Meet ending the season for the Catamounts.