Dec. 7, 2013
Boone, N.C. -
Nine first place finishes and 79 individual top ten finishes highlight the Western Carolina men's and women's track and field indoor season opening meet, the Appalachian Invitational, Thursday and Friday.
Of the four Division I teams in the meet, the women took first with 215 points, while the men finished in second with 192 points.
Sophomore Jared Johnson took the top podium spot in men's weight throw with a mark of 16.85m - it shattered his old personal best of 15.39m and was his first career win in any event. Johnson also took second in the shot put with a distance of 14.47m for his second personal best of the day in an indoor event. He also tied his best indoor finish in the shot put.
Junior Xaveria Bass won two events on the day. She won the high jump with a personal indoor best height of 1.71m. She missed her overall personal mark by .01 meters. Bass also crossed the finish line first 55m hurdles with a time of 8.40.
Marquis Bailey had a first place finish in the 55m hurdles with a time of 7.73. The senior followed with his personal best run in the 400m dash with a time of 50.49 to finish fourth. However, it classmate Aaron Tribble who won the 400m, his third career 400m indoor win, with a time of 49.28.
Tayla Carter opened the indoor season right where she left off after being named the 2013 Freshman of the Year. Carter claimed the 55m dash with a time of 6.91.
Junior Lena Elliott picked up her first career 800m win with a time of 2:19.5 giving the Catamounts their seventh individual first place finish in the meet.
The eighth and ninth first place finishes for WCU came as the men's and women's 4x400 relay teams won their respective event. The women's team of Carter, Elliott, Corina Archie-McMillan and Genevieve Emrick finished in first after a time of 3:54.8. The men's team of Tribble, Earl Rahming, Demari Boswell, and Aaron Harris took first after a time of 3:21.0.
Alisha Bradshaw highlighted other notable finishers on the women's side as finished in second in both the weight throw and shot put. Her distance of 17.06m in the weight throw game her eight top ten finish in ten career indoor meets. The junior's mark of 13.55m in the shot put continued her streak of finishing in the top ten in every indoor shot put event in her Catamount career.
In the long jump, Kinnari Badger and Anne Greer reach set personal best marks and claimed finishes in the top ten. Badger's distance of 5.32m gave her fourth and broke her old personal record of 5.12m. Greer took tenth with her personal best distance of 5.00m.
Junior Megan Withers and senior Kim Cannon reach recorded personal best in the weight throw as Withers mark of 14.27m gave her sixth and Cannon's distance of 13.42m placed her ninth.
Other notable finishers on the men's side include sophomore Tyler Bell who finished in fourth in the long jumper with a personal best distance of 6.63m. His fourth place finish was also his best finish in the long jump.
In the 800m, sophomore Michael Cornwell finished in fourth with his personal best time of 1:57.4.
The Catamounts will take the holidays off and return to action following the break at the Niswonger Invitational on January 17 through January 18 in Johnson City, Tenn. on the campus of East Tennessee State.
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