Feb. 25, 2008
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina swept the weekly Southern Conference Track and Field honors this past week when Catamount senior Kerrie Savery and junior Manteo Mitchell were named the men's and women's Track and Field Runners of the Week on February 25. The two runners turned in a pair of impressive results at the Tiger Invitational in Clemson, S.C. over the weekend on their way to the awards.
Mitchell took home his third victory in five meets this season in the 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 47.96 seconds, the fastest time in the SoCon this year, and just one half-second off of the school record that has stood since 2002. He now holds three of the top four fastest times in the event for the Catamounts this year, in addition to being a part of the top three times in the 4x400-meter relay this year for Western.
But the Mooresboro, N.C., native wasn't satisfied with just one podium appearance on the weekend. In the 60-meter dash, he took home runner-up honors, finishing just ahead of teammate, senior Zeb Johnson. He then teamed up with Johnson, senior Drew Tucker, and senior Duke Craig to come in second place in the 4x400-meter relay, extending their streak of finishing in the top three in all five meets run this indoor season, and putting themselves atop of the SoCon leaderboard with the quickest time in the conference on the year.
Savery picked up her fourth victory of the year in the 800-meter run, tripping the tape in a team-best time of 2:12.71, a full three seconds quicker than the previous top time for the year and good for first in the SoCon this season. Savery continued to show her impressive versatility this indoor season, and now has wins in three different events: the 800-meter run, the mile run, and the distance medley relay.
Later in the weekend, Savery made yet another mark on the WCU records books when the DMR she ran with Annie Bailey, Raquel Ramseur, and Megan Issacs shattered the school record in the event with a time of 11:58.68, more than 16 seconds under the previous record time, set in 2005. It was also the first time in school history that a team finished in under 12 minutes, and was good for second place in the event. It was the fastest time in the conference this season, almost a full minute quicker than the next best mark.
The senior now holds or was a part of the team that holds three school records in her storied career. In addition to the DMR record set at the Tiger Invitational, she also is atop the all-time list in the 800-meter run and the 4x400-meter relay. This is the second SoCon honor for Savery, who was named the SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of January 15.
In addition to his successes on the track, Mitchell also writes a regular blog for CatamountSports.com, chronicling his season and giving readers an inside look at the WCU Track and Field program as they gear up for the Southern Conference Championships this weekend in Clemson, S.C.