Seventeen Student-Athletes earned cum laude or higher at Saturday's ceremonies
WCU puts two women - Mara Smith and Jocelyn Keen - on the First Team All-SoCon for the first time in program history
Senior Josey Weaver has run the fourth best time in the SoCon with his 8k time of 24:26.50
Senior Josey Weaver set the WCU 8000m record with his time of 24:16.7
The women's team finished 14th while the men placed 13th
Western Carolina University hosted the WCU Invitational held on Aug. 31. Florida swept both the men's and women's races.
2011-12 (Junior): West competed in all five meets in 2011 ... 9/2 - Placed 12th at the WCU Invitational with a time of 16:15.32 ... 9/16 - Ran a 21:24.4 at the Mountaineer Open to finish 48th ... 9/30 - At the Paul Short Invitational, West ran a 28:17 to finish 383 ... 10/14 - West finished the Royal XC Challenge in 27:07.87 (76) ... 10/29 - At the SoCon Championships, West ran his fastest 8000m time (26:19.89) to place 56th.
2010-11 (Sophomore): Competed in all six events of 2010 ... 9/3 - Highest finish of the season - 15th - in the season-opening WCU Invitational with a time of 16:24.70 ... 9/18 - Ran a 27:41.24 (51) at the Winthrop Invitational ... 10/1 - Finished 93rd (27:15.20) at the Charlotte Invitational ... At the Blue Ridge Open, West ran a 27:06.80 (99) ... 11/13 - Finished in 32:01.20 (48) at the NCAA Regional.
2009-10 (Freshman): Ran inall five meets in 2009 ... 9/4 - Ran a 16:56.24 (16) at the WCU Invitational ... 9/19 - At the Winthrops/Asics Invitational, West ran a 27:27.84 to finish 32nd ... 10/2 - Finished 87th at the Charlotte Invitational (27:31.04) ... 10/16 - At the Blue Ridge Open, he ran a 27:58.24 (117) ... 10/31 - Closed season with a 27:47.32 (66) at the SoCon Championships.
High School: Earned All-Conference distinction all four years at Northwest Cabarrus High School in Concord, N.C ... Earned a conference championship his sophomore year ... Captured a regional title and was state runner-up his senior year ... Holds the school record in the 800m, 1 mile, 4x4 relays and the 4x8 relays. Has personal best 1:55 in the 800m, 4:26 in the 1600m and 16:52 in the 5K.
Personal: Full name is Garrett Hunter West ... Son of Greg and Cathy West ... Speaks Chines and can contort body to fit into a box.