March 28, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - After a weekend of success at the Beynon Sports Surfaces Catamount Classic, Western Carolina student-athletes Alisha Bradshaw, Tayla Carter and Josey Weaver were all today named Southern Conference Track & Field Athletes of the Week. The selections are made by the league's track and field coaches.
WCU has swept the SoCon's weekly women's track athlete of the week awards through the first two weeks of the outdoor season, with a total of four student-athletes recognized in two weeks of the award.
Bradshaw was named Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week after claiming three individual titles last weekend at the home meet. She won the shot put with a throw of 43-4 1/4" before taking the hammer throw with a toss of 162-9". Bradshaw wrapped up the trifecta by winning the discus with a toss of 148-3". The sophomore from Salisbury, N.C., currently leads the SoCon in the discus and is ranked in the top-four in the other two events.
Carter, who was tabbed SoCOn Women's Track Athlete of the Week, was victorious in three events, winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.67 before turning in an all-time personal best in the 200-meter dash at 23.93. The freshman from Marietta, Ga., also anchored WCU's winning 4 x 400-meter relay team with a total time of 3:47. Carter currently leads the SoCon in the 100m and 200m dashes, and is a part of the league-leading 4x400-meter Relay.
On the men's side, Weaver garnered Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week plaudits. The senior from Weaverville, N.C., won the 10,000-meter run with an all-time best performance of 30:52.62. His performance set a meet record while also breaking the Catamount Athletic Complex record set by Paul Katam of UNCG at last year's 2012 SoCon Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet. Weaver's time currently leads the SoCon.
Western Carolina returns to action March 29-30 as it teams with one of its top rivals in the Southern Conference. WCU and mountain-rival Appalachian State will join forces to defend the Western part of the state as they compete in the "Mountains vs. Beaches" meet in Boone, N.C., against the team of UNC Wilmington and East Carolina.
It is the fifth-year of the East-vs.-West scored event with the Beaches halting the Mountain schools' four-year win streak by taking last season's meet on both the men's and women's side in Wilmington.