CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Three Western Carolina track & field student-athletes were named Southern Conference Athlete of the Weeks, the league office announced Wednesday. Juniors Keion Crossen and Mateius Brown swept the men’s awards while senior Hailey Cook took home the women’s field athlete of the week honor.
Crossen ran the 100m in 10.38 seconds – a new SoCon-leading time – at the WCU Invitational Presented by Catamount Travel Center last weekend. His time of 10.38 seconds puts him 33rd in the East Regional rankings and also sets a new WCU program record in the event. The Garysburg, N.C., native also ran a 47.6 split on the 4x400m relay, guiding a Catamount “B” relay team that now leads the SoCon with a time of 3:13.07.
Brown won the shot put title at the WCU Invitational with a mark of 16.49m (54-01.25), which was just 0.14 centimeters shy of the all-time Catamount record. The Broadway, N.C., native leads the SoCon in the shot put by over half of a meter. Brown also threw the discus 47.01m, earning a second-place finish in the event and is now top discus thrower in the SoCon.
Cook competed in the shot put, hammer throw and discus throw at the WCU Invitational. The senior registered a conference-leading throw 15.31m (50-02.75) in the shot put to place second overall at the Catamount-hosted meet. Her best mark in the shot put of 15.31m ranks 38th in the East Regional outdoor qualifying list. In the hammer throw, Cook threw for 52.00m, also the top mark in the SoCon this season, to earn a fifth-place finish in the event. In the discus, Cook placed second overall with a best-throw of 43.85m (143-10). With that mark, Cook is currently No. 2 in the event among SoCon competitors.
The honors are a first for both Crossen and Brown while Cook brings home her SoCon leading fifth career outdoor athlete of the week honor. She picked up one honor as a sophomore, two as a junior and this marks her second outdoor honor this season. Cook is now tied with Furman’s Allie Buchalski as the only five-time weekly award winners in SoCon history since they began giving out the awards in 2003.
Crossen, Brown, Cook and the rest of the Catamounts will return to competition Saturday, May 6 as they travel to the University of Georgia for the Torrin Lawrence Memorial meet.