Feb. 5, 2009
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina was awarded a share of the weekly Southern Conference Track & Field honors this past week as Catamount sophomore Felicia Paulding was named women's Track & Field Athletes of the Week on February 5. Paulding turned in a first place finish in the 60-meter dash at the Niswonger Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn. this past weekend. Western Carolina senior Manteo Mitchell and sophomore Janet Carothers were today announced as the SoCon Track Athletes of the Month for January.
During the Niswonger Invitational, Paulding won the collegiate 60-meter race with a time of 7.68. She also competed in both the 200-meter and the 4x400 meter relay team races. Her 60 time, as well as her times of 24.68 in the 200 and 3:47.46 in the 4x400, all lead the SoCon.
Paulding shared the award with Appalachian State's Danielle Thorpe who won the triple jump event at the Niswonger Invitational as well.
For Mitchell, the monthly honor is the first of his career and Carothers earned her first monthly honor as well.
During the first month of the season, Mitchell set a facility record at Appalachian State’s Holmes Center in the 400-meter run with a time of 47.88. Mitchell broke his own record from a season ago by .22 seconds.
Mitchell had a solid showing in the Niswonger Invitational where he was the first collegiate runner and second overall to cross the finish line in the 400-meter event. He also holds the top time in the SoCon in the event and has the second-best time in the 60-meter dash.
Mitchell is also a member of the top-ranked 4x400-meter relay team in the Southern Conference.
During the first month of the season, Carothers set a facility record at Appalachian State’s Holmes Center in the 400-meter run with a time of 55.63. She also was a member of the Catamounts’ Holmes Center record 4x400-meter relay team that ran a time of 3:48.16.
Carothers took fourth place in the 400-meter run with a time of 57.03 in the Niswonger Invitational on January 31.
Western Carolina indoor track & field teams will return to action this weekend in a two day event this Friday in the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup hosted by Penn State University at University Park, Pa.