Dec. 4, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. -
The Western Carolina men's and women's indoor track and field teams will open its 2013-14 slate Thursday, December 5 at the ASU Opener in Boone, N.C. The women's team looks to defend its 2012-13 Indoor Southern Conference title, while the men look improve on last season's third place.
The meet Thursday will kickoff seven scheduled events culminating with the Southern Conference Championship on Saturday, March 1 through Sunday, March 2 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
"We are excited to kick the season off to what our progress has been this offseason," said head coach Danny Williamson. "Many of our kids are ready to compete against athletes from other schools as opposed to just training and competing against teammates. This will let us see where we are at in terms of conditioning, fitness and technique wise going into the Christmas Break. We will not be at full strength, as some of our athletes will remain here to start final exams and final exam preparation, but for the group that will be competing, we will be looking for some positive results from them."
Williamson earned 2013 Coach of the Year on the women's side. Tayla Carter returns as the reigning SoCon Freshman of the Year after winning the 60m dash and taking second in the 200m dash. She was also a member of the women's 4x400m relay team, who took the top podium spot a season ago.
WCU also returns the 2013 Most Outstanding Field Performer on the women's side, Alisha Bradshaw. Bradshaw won the shot put and weight throw last season.
"It is our team goal on a yearly basis to put ourselves in position by the time that the conference championship meet rolls around to be able to possibly be one of the teams that can contend for the team championship," Williamson concluded.
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