Jan. 10, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina track & field team returns to action Friday at the Tiger Challenge at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex. The meet is the first for the Catamounts since the 2012-13 indoor season-opener on Dec. 1 in the Appalachian Invitational.
A handful of teams from across the Southeast are set to compete including SoCon foes Wofford and the College of Charleston. The meet begins Friday at 11:00 a.m. with several field events getting under way including the women's shot put, women's pole vault, and the men's and women's long jump. The men and women will use alter pits, while the men's shot put will follow the women's event.
The first event on the track will be the women's distance medley relay at 11:30. Following the relay, the prelims for the 60-meter hurdles will begin, with the men's 4x400-meter relay at 4:45 wrapping up the event.
The Catamounts return to the track following eight wins and two records set in the Appalachian Invitational. 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 in the meet 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.
All results and a recap can be found at CatamountSports.com following the meet.