May 3, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Southern Conference announced its April athletes of the month with Brandon Hairston being honored as men's track athlete of the month and Alisha Bradshaw being named women's field athlete of the month.
Hairston helped the Catamounts to the team title at the SoCon Outdoor Track and Field Championships, winning four events en route to being named Most Outstanding Track Performer. The Walkertown, N.C., senior won the 100-meter dash and the 200m and was part of winning 4x100m and 4x400m relays. His time of 10.52 in the 100m was the second-fastest in the league this season. Hairston has the top SoCon times in the 200m (21.13) and 400m (47.40), setting both at the Auburn Tiger Classic early in the month. He was also part of the 4x400m relay that turned in the top league time of the season at the Penn Relays last week with a mark of 3:12.19. Hairston was also on the 4x100m relay that took eighth at the Penn Relays. Hairston was also the outdoor track athlete of the month in March and the indoor track athlete of the month in February.
Bradshaw won a pair of titles at the SoCon Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Statesboro, Ga., in April, earning Most Outstanding Field Performer honors. Bradshaw won the shot put with a throw of 14.20 meters (46'7.25") and set a new meet record with a throw of 46.68m (153'2") to win the discus. She also finished second in the hammer throw to help the Catamounts claim the team title, personally accounting for 28 points. The following week at the prestigious Penn Relays, the sophomore from Salisbury, N.C., finished sixth in the discus with a school-record heave of 47.88m (157'1") and eighth in the shot, again eclipsing her SoCon meet effort with a throw of 14.33m (47'0.25"). She has the top SoCon marks in the shot put and discus this season and is second in the hammer with her throw of 53.08m (174'2") at the SoCon meet. Bradshaw was also the outdoor field athlete of the month in March and the indoor field athlete of the month in February.