March 4, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Two Western Carolina Track & Field athletes received Southern Conference Athlete of the Month honors Monday as senior sprinter Brandon Hairston was named the SoCon's Track Athlete of the Month with sophomore thrower Alisha Bradshaw tabbed SoCon Field Athlete of the Month.
Western Carolina sophomore Alisha Bradshaw won a pair of titles at the SoCon Indoor Track & Field Championships, taking first in the weight throw and shot put en route to being named the Most Outstanding Field Performer. Her throw of 17.56 meters in the weight throw surpassed her own school record, set earlier in the month at the Hilton Invitational at the same JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. Bradshaw's personal-best throw of 14.28 meters in the shot put was also good for a title and helped the Catamounts to the team crown, their seventh. She was named the SoCon Field Athlete of the Week after that showing. Bradshaw led the team in both throws and tallied seven top-five finishes during the indoor season.
WCU sprinter Brandon Hairston was named the SoCon Indoor Track & Field Championships' Most Outstanding Athlete and Most Outstanding Track Performer after winning a pair of events at the meet, held Feb. 23-24 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Hairston won the 200-meter dash and anchored the Catamounts' winning 4x400-meter relay unit. The Walkertown, N.C., senior also finished second in the 60 meters and third in the 400 meters in helping Western Carolina to a third-place team showing. At the Tiger Paw Invitational earlier in the month, Hairston helped the 4x400m relay team to a second-place finish behind Clemson. He was named the SoCon Track Athlete of the Week following his SoCon championship performance. Hairston ran the fastest times for the Catamounts in the 200m and 400m dashes. Hairston also never finished outside of the top-10, tallying seven top-five finishes.
The Catamounts take this week off from action before beginning the 2013 outdoor campaign with a season-opening meet at the University of Georgia - the Georgia Relays - beginning Thurs., March 14.