Oct. 9, 2008
Cullowhee, N.C. - The return to seven meets they competed in last year, including two meets at home, highlights the 2008-2009 Western Carolina Track & Field Schedule, released by Head Coach Danny Williamson. The men will be looking to rebound from their second place finish in the SoCon Outdoor Championship, while the women look to defend their title from a year ago and win their unprecedented 11th SoCon Title.
The Catamounts are slated to make five appearances in Clemson, S.C. this season, including their trip to the SoCon Indoor Championships Feb.28-Mar.1. They also open the season making a trip to rival App. State for the ASU Opener on Friday Dec. 5.
The indoor season also includes trips to Virginia Tech twice, including competing in the Virginia Tech Last Chance Tournament, the week after the SoCon Championships. The Following week concludes the indoor season with NCAA Championships at College Station, Tx.
The outdoor season kicks off one week after the indoor season ends with either the UNCC 49er Classic or Wake Forest Invitational to start off the season.
The Catamounts then travel to Tallahassee, Fl. to participate in the FSU Relays beginning on March 26, 2009.
A week later Western Carolina begins their first of two home meets when they host for the first time the Mountains vs. Beach event. It will feature WCU & ASU taking on East Carolina & UNC Wilmington for a Saturday showdown.
"We feel that this schedule will challenge us in all areas of our program, but at the same time will give our athletes and teams the opportunity to compete against the top competition in the Southeast," said Head Coach Danny Williamson. "We are very excited about the beginning of the Mountains (WCU & ASU) vs. the Beach (ECU & UNC-W) meet which will be held in Cullowhee on Saturday April 4, 2009."
On Friday April 17 the Catamounts host for the fifth-straight season their annual Western Carolina Invitational in Cullowhee. Following the home event the Catamounts head to Statesboro, Ga. to compete in the SoCon Championship on April 25-26.
Following the conference meet, WCU will try and qualify more student-athletes for the NCAAs when they compete in the UNC Last Chance Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., then take part in two more ACC opponent events, before beginning NCAA competition. The NCAA Regional, to be held on May 29-30, will take place in Greensboro, N.C., and the NCAA Outdoor Championships will be in Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 10-13.