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Track & Field Wins Eight Events In Indoor Opener

Junior Jocelyn Keen won the 800-meter run, finishing six seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Dec. 1, 2012


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Western Carolina track & field wrapped up the opening meet of the 2012-13 indoor season Saturday in Boone, N.C., for the Appalachian Invitational. Both the men's and women's 4x300-meter relays teams opened the season by setting school and facility records at Appalachian State.

The women's team - consisting of Brittany Diggs, Tayla Carter, Janise Robinson and Shiniqua Pryor - won the 4x300-meter relay with a time of 2:43.91. The men's team - consisting of Aaron Tribble, Jerry Wickerson, Marquis Bailey and Brandon Hairston - also won the event with a time of 2:21.88 besting Appalachian State who placed second with a time of 2:22.80. Both relay teams broke the previous women's and men's WCU records while the two times were also Holmes Center track records.

Freshman Tayla Carter was involved in a second new record Saturday as the Marietta, Ga., native won the 300-meter dash with a time of 40.17. That time broke the 40.24 time that was established back in 1996 by Shawnta Person at the Clemson Opener (40.24). Tayla Carter picked up third victory of the day - second individual - in the 55-meter dash, winning the event with a time of 6.99. Teammates Raven Parrish (7.18) and Janise Robinson (7.27) placed third and fourth, respectively.

The men's team also excelled in the 55-meter dash with freshman Jerry Wickerson as the first collegiate runner with his time of 6.38 while Brandon Hairston took third in 6.47.

In the women's 55-meter hurdles, junior Brittany Diggs took first place with her time of 8.58.

The 400-meters is traditionally a strong event for the Catamounts and the 2012-13 team began the season continuing the tradition as WCU swept both sides of the event. Sophomore Genevieve Emrick ran a strong 57.42 to pick up her first win of 2012 with teammates Shiniqua Pryor (58.02), Corina Archie-McMillan (58.45) and Kendra Douglas (58.75) taking second, fourth and fifth. For the men, Earl Rahming (48.91) took the victory with Aaron Tribble (49.22) and Demari Boswell (49.91) rounding out the top three.

The women's 800m saw defending SoCon champion Jocelyn Keen continuing her winning ways early as the junior won the event by more than six seconds, finishing in 2:13.24. Lena Elliott (third) ran a 2:21.36 while Hayley Tomlinson (fourth) crossed the line in 2:21.73.

The final women's victory of the day came in the one mile run as Kaylan Lance (5:28.74) and Katlyn Shetler (5:31.31) went one-two in the race.

In the men's 300m, Brandon Hairston was again the top collegiate finisher running a 35.80 as Jerry Wickerson (35.80) and Marquis Bailey (37.65) were second and fourth.

"It was a good opening meet for both the women's and men's teams," said the reigning Southern Conference Men's Indoor Coach of the Year, Danny Williamson. "We did some very good things, while at the same time there are many things that we can really improve upon to become a more complete team. We had many individuals that established all-time personal indoor bests and that is a great way to start off the season. Now, the task will be to build off of this good start and again become more complete as a team."

The Catamounts now take time off for exams and the winter holidays before opening up 2013 in Clemson, S.C., at the Tiger Challenge on January 11.