Catamounts Start Strong in Day One of Niswonger Invitational

CATAMOUNTSPORTSDOTCOM Reliable senior Drew Tucker picked up his fourth top-ten finish of the season
Reliable senior Drew Tucker picked up his fourth top-ten finish of the season

Feb. 4, 2011

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Western Carolina began the weekend in Johnson City, Tenn. with a great beginning. Junior Jane't Carothers picked up two top preliminary times. In the 200-meter dash, Carothers picked up the top time and a career indoor best with a time of 24.59. In the 400-meter dash, the junior placed first with a season best 54.73. Senior Felisha Garren finished both events right behind her teammate, including a third place prelim finish in the 400m with a time of 56.91. In the 200-meter dash, Garren finished just outside of the top qualifying spots with a time of 25.25. The 400-meter dash finals will take place Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Another female Catamount picking up top prelim honors was Nicole Okolo who finished atop the 60-meter hurdles' times with a split of 8.69. Senior Carlyn Wright finished one spot outside of the top 10, but still qualified for Saturday's 60-meter hurdles final with a time of 9.28.

In the field events, Zakiyyah Bryant picked up top five honors in the shot put finishing fourth with a long throw of 12.99 meters. Kassie McKie placed eighth in the pole vault with a high vault of 3.50 meters.

Several personal bests and season bests were recorded Friday on the men's side. Junior Jamie Van Pelt placed 10th in the weight throw with a career best 16.20m. In the triple jump, two Catamounts earned top ten honors. Cornelius Williams finished seventh, leaping 14.44m. Sophomore Lawren Willard jumped a personal best 14.17m, good enough for a ninth place finish.



On the track, reliable senior Drew Tucker placed seventh in the 800-meter dash with a time of 1:54.86. In the 400-meter dash, Brandon Hairston finished one spot outside of the qualifying top six spots, but still ran his best time of the indoor season with a time of 48.81. Teammate Aaron Tribble also posted a personal best of 49.65.

The 60-meter dash will have to wait until Saturday to conclude, but the fast sprint will boast Catamount sprinter Willie Bowman who earned fastest time with a time of 6.92.

Day two of the Niswonger Invitational will begin Saturday at 8:00 a.m. with the start of the 5000-meter run and will conclude with the always exciting 4x400-meter relays. The final event of the day, the men's 4x400-meter relay, will begin at 7:05 p.m. The Western Carolina men's 4x400-meter relay team currently ranks eighth in the Southeast Region, according to the latest USTFCCCA rankings, with a season best 3:16.50.

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