BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Western Carolina men’s and women’s track & field teams traveled to Birmingham, Ala., Friday to compete in the one day Samford Invitational. The Catamounts picked up several top-10 performances while winning the men’s 4x400m relay. With the 2017 Southern Conference Indoor Championships just two weeks away, the Catamounts are beginning to fine tune their individual event performances.
The women finished fifth as a team out of a 15 team field while the men placed eighth out of 12 teams overall.
In the men’s 4x400m relay the Catamounts placed two teams in the top-10 led by their “A” squad who won the event with a time of 3:16.48. The “B” squad finished seven spots back in eighth with a time of 3:27.30.
Freshman Di’Joun Huitt earned a second place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 14.61m.
Freshman Jazmine Gooden ran the second fastest time in the SoCon this season in the women’s 60m hurdles as she earned third in the event after stopping the clock in 8.60. Gooden also finished fifth in the long jump as she touched down in 5.68m.
Freshman Imani Bennett and sophomore Tamilia Wright picked up top-five finishes in the women’s triple jump. Bennett finished third with a mark of 11.93m while Wright came in fifth at 11.52m.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Lingard posted the third fastest time in the SoCon this season in the women’s 800m as she completed the distance in 2:13.35.
Senior Tiffani Lewis and sophomore Mia Little posted top-10 finishes in the women’s 60m as Lewis came in fifth with a time of 7.69 while Little came in ninth at 7.77.
The women’s 4x400m relay team also picked up a fifth place finish as they teamed up to post a time of 3:53.90.
Sophomore Miles Greer was Western Carolina’s final top-five finisher as he placed fifth in the men’s 800m after stopping the clock at 1:55.50.
Juniors Thor Smith and Corey Ginley earned top-10 finishes in the men’s pole vault. Smith took sixth after clearing 4.70m while Ginley posted a height of 4.50m.
Senior Scott Peretin and sophomore Dakota Wright finished sixth and seventh in the men’s weight throw as Peretin tossed the weight 17.09m and Wright stopped the tape at 16.94m.
Senior Hailey Cook took seventh in the women’s weight throw with a mark of 13.88m while freshman Mahogani Holiday finished 10th with a toss of 13.04m. Holiday’s toss also ranks her second in the SoCon this season behind teammate Cook.
Cook also picked up a 10th place finish in the weight throw after posting a distance of 16.15m.
Sophomore Dasha Arnaut earned an eighth place finish in the women’s 200m as she stopped the clock in 25.35.
Junior Meghan Breden posted the third best performance in the women’s pole vault in the SoCon this season as she finished ninth after clearing 3.55m.
Sophomore Devyn Montel Jones and freshman Corey Alston finished ninth and 10th, respectively in the men’s 60m hurdles. Jones crossed the line in 8.44 while Alston came across in 8.46.
Junior Mateius Brown and senior Scott Peretin also finished ninth and 10th in the men’s shot put. Brown earned ninth with a mark of 14.96m while Peretin tossed the element 14.80m.
The final top-10 finisher was sophomore Jordan Bostian who took ninth in the men’s 3,000m. Bostian completed the distance in 8:48.15.
The Catamounts will now begin preparations for the Tiger Tuneup hosted by Clemson next weekend.