April 26, 2006
Cullowhee, N.C. -
In the final week before the annual Southern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Western Carolina senior Lawrence Briscoe has again been tabbed as the league's men's track Athlete of the Week by the conference office. The award is the second this outdoor season for Briscoe and the fifth bestowed by the SoCon upon the Catamount men out of six total honors award this season.
Briscoe joins classmate Milton Bolton as the only two repeat winners of the weekly award this season. Sophomore Zeb Johnson, who was named the men's indoor MVP, also earned a weekly mention from the league. Western's women garnered a pair of awards as Tangelia Johnson and Raquel Ramseur have been also been honored during outdoor giving the Catamounts a total of seven weekly awards.
Briscoe won both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdle events at last Friday's Catamount Classic held in Cullowhee at the Catamount Athletic Complex (CAC). Running into a head wind, Briscoe recorded a CAC record time of 14.42 in the 110-meter event. At the 400-meter distance, the Charlotte, N.C., native turned a quick lap, negotiating the hurdles in a SoCon-leading time of 53.65 to take first-place.
In addition to taking the lead in the SoCon's performance charts in the 400-meter hurdles over the weekend, Briscoe also leads the 110-meter hurdle event as well. His time of 14.26 run at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., two weeks ago is the quickest in the league and also qualified him for the NCAA East Regional for a second time this season. Briscoe also ranks second overall in the high jump in the SoCon, clearing 6-4.75 at the Clemson Invitational in early April.
Western heads to the annual SoCon Outdoor Championships this weekend in Statesboro, Ga. The Catamounts finished second on the men's side and third on the women's in last year's outdoor championship, which was held in Cullowhee. The Catamount men enter this year's outdoor meet as the defending indoor champion, while the women posted a runner-up finish during the indoor season.