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Johnson, Birek Named SoCon Field Athletes of the Week

Michael Birek becomes the 16th different member of the WCU's women's team to earn the weekly honors.

Jan. 29, 2014

Spartanburg, S.C. - Western Carolina's David Johnson and Michaela Birek were named Men's and Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week as announced by the Southern Conference office Wednesday.

Johnson, a sophomore from Charlottesville, Va., took the title in the triple jump at the UNC Dick Taylor Challenge, posting a jump 14.93m.

Birek, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., scored 3,515 points to finish fourth in the pentathlon at the UNC Dick Taylor Challenge. Birek set a new Western Carolina record with her score, also posting the second-best mark in the SoCon this year.

She posted a time of 9.12 in the 60-meter hurdles and followed that by jumping 1.52 meters in the high-jump. Birek finished third in the shot put, throwing a distance of 10.46 meters and jumping 5.33 meters in the long jump. She closed the event by clocking a 2:24.68 in the 800-meters.

Johnson picks up the award for the first time in his Catamount career and 15th total time for a member of the WCU men's track and field team. He is the 11th different WCU athlete to claim the award and last since Brandon Hairston was named track athlete of the week on January 30, 2013.

Birek becomes the 16th different women's Catamount team member to earn the award on the women's side. All told, a Catamount has been recognized by the league 19 times. She is the second Catamount this season as Chenell Bryan won the award on January 22.