Nov. 29, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's and women's track & field teams kick off the 2012-13 indoor season Friday and Saturday in Boone, N.C., as the Catamounts travel to rival Appalachian State for the Appalachian Invitational. The meet will be the only one for WCU prior to the winter break.
"It is always good to kick off the season, especially when you have been going through pre-season for most of the semester," stated head coach Danny Williamson.
"This opening competition at the end of the fall semester just before the Holiday Break gives our athletes the opportunity to see where they are at within their respective event(s) and can be a motivating factor during the Holiday Break. Hopefully what we have accomplished during the pre-season will show, and we will open the 2012-13 Indoor Season on a high note with a lot of positive energy."
Western Carolina looks to defend its men's indoor title that was won last season with a half point victory over Appalachian State at the Southern Conference Indoor Championships held in Birmingham, Ala., a season ago.
The men's title was won in thrilling fashion as the championship came down to the last event, the 4x400-meter relay. Being down by three points, the only way the Catamounts could have won the championship was to win the relay. WCU did just that by winning the event in 3:15.08. That relay team consisted of returners Aaron Tribble, Brandon Hairston and Demari Boswell. The fourth member was the lone graduate from that team, Benny Davis.
The women placed second at the Indoor Championships last season. Departed senior Felisha Garren broke the SoCon record in the 400-meter with her time of 54.61. The women's 4x400-meter relay team also set a SoCon record with its winning time of 3:44.98.
Freshman Genevieve Emrick was named to the All-Freshman team while teammate Abraham Faison was named the 2012 Freshman of the Year. Faison placed in the top eight in the long jump (fourth), triple jump (eighth) and the 60-meter hurdles (fifth). Head Coach Danny Williamson was tabbed as the Men's Coach of the Year for the ninth time on the men's side in his storied career at WCU. He has also been selected the Women's Coach of the Year nine times.
Results and a complete recap of the Appalachian Invitational can be found at CatamountSports.com.