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Freshman Carter Named SoCon T&F Athlete of the Week

Tayla Carter has won three of her five individual races this season.

Jan. 24, 2013

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina freshman Tayla Carter has been named the Southern Conference's Women's Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the week for meets over the past weekend. The selections are made by the league's track and field coaches.

This past week, Carter picked up the lone individual win for the Catamounts in the 60m dash - featuring a field of 80 athletes - at the Niswonger Invitational. In the prelims, she clocked a 7.59 to advance to the invitational final before the Marietta, Ga., native ran a personal best 7.54 to take the title. Carter then ran a 24.96 in the 200m dash before wrapping up the event participating on the 4x400-meter relay team that also earned a victory with its 3:50.25 time. All three times lead the SoCon.

"Tayla continues to progress right along where she needs to be," said head coach Danny Williamson. "We knew coming in to this season that she had a chance to do well, and she's living up to those expectations right now. She's a really hard-working young lady who is dedicated and committed to the sport of track and field."

Carter has won three out of the five individual races that she has been in this season, setting a school record in the 300m (40.17) in the first meet of the season, the Appalachian Invitational.

The Catamounts return to action tomorrow in the two-day Rod McCravy Invitational on the campus of the University of Kentucky.