WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's and women's track & field teams opened up their 2016-17 indoor season Saturday afternoon at the JDL College Kick-Off Classic in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Catamounts placed 28 student-athletes in the top-10 while winning a pair of individual titles.
Senior Tiffani Lewis opened up her final indoor campaign with a victory in the women's long jump as she leaped past the competition with a distance of 5.89m (19-04.00). Freshman Jasmine Gooden took second with a leap of 5.82m (19-01.25) while senior Chenell Bryan finished 10th after touching down at 5.35m (17-06.75). Lewis also took fifth in the 60m as she stopped the clock at 7.68.
On the other end of the spectrum, freshman Imani Bennett began her collegiate career in the best way possible as she won the women's triple jump with a distance of 11.76m (38-07.00). Sophomore Tamilia Wright-Bigelow finished two spots back in third with a leap of 11.56m (37-11.25).
Senior throws specialist Hailey Cook took second in the women's shot put with a toss of 14.12m (46-04.00) while sophomore Simone Williams came in eighth at 12.09m (39-08.00). The pair also took top-10 spots in the women's weight throw. Cook finished fifth as the element touched down at 15.35m (50-04.50) while Williams tied for 10th with a mark of 14.02m (46-00.00).
Freshman Di'Joun Huitt picked up a second place finish on the men's side in the triple jump. He touched down at 14.86m (48-09.00) while junior Kevin Hires claimed seventh with a leap of 13.86m (45-05.75). Huitt also took 10th in the long jump as he stopped the tape at 6.78m (22-03.00).
Sophomore Khalil Jackson took the final second place finish as he took silver in the men's high jump. Jackson cleared 2.00m (6-06.75) to tie for the second spot.
The men's 4x400m squad took third at the event as they crossed the line in 3:22.43. The women placed fourth in their 4x400m race after stopping the clock at 3:58.94.
Senior Korie Bennett tied for fourth on the women's side in the pole vault as well as she cleared 3.35m (10-11.75).
Junior Dakota Lamont picked up a sixth place finish in the men's 400m as he rounded the track in 49.82.
Junior Chase Stehling also finished sixth but in the men's weight throw as he tossed the element 16.72m (54-10.25).
WCU's lone seventh place finishers all came in the women's high jump as sophomore Ashley Parker, freshman Cecilia Piscetelli and sophomore Marisa Scott all tied for seventh after clearing 1.55m (5-01.00).
Sophomore transfer J'len Wilson picked up an eighth place finish in the men's 60m hurdles as he crossed the line in 8.67.
Sophomore Sally Woerner took eighth in the 800m on the women's side as she finished the course in 2:25.40.
Junior Mateius Brown took eighth in the men's shot put with a toss of 15.48m (50-09.50).
The final top-10 finisher was sophomore Mia Little who took 10th in in the women's 200m with a time of 26.24.
The Catamounts will now take off over a month from outside competition as they return to action Jan. 13-14 at the ETSU Invitational.