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Mountaineers Sweep SoCon Championships PDF Print
Written by Ryan Bower   
Monday, 23 April 2012 07:22

Appalachian State University men's track and field won its third-straight Southern Conference Outdoor Championship on Sunday at the Catamount Athletic Complex. The Mountaineers edged out SoCon rival Western Carolina

by a score of 238-225. The Catamounts were the only team to come within 120 points of the Apps, who picked up their 19th conference outdoor title. Jared Stalling finished with one of the best individual performances in ASU history. The junior thrower earned Most Valuable Field Performer and Most Outstanding Athlete honors after leading all athletes with 28 points.
Stalling etched his name into the conference record book with a SoCon record throw of 171'5" in the discus throw. He also finished first in the shot put (55'10.25") and second in hammer throw (167'7").
The Apps also got solid performances in the throws from Caleb Poplin, who finished third in both the discus and hammer throws. Daryl Saunders set a new SoCon Championship record in the high jump with a leap of 7'1.75 inches while fellow high-jumper Darius Purcell finished second with a mark of 6'11". Jake Goodchild also played a large part for the Apps after tallying 6,424 points in the decathlon over the two-day event to finish first. Goodchild first in four of the ten events during the decathlon.
Appalachian also received a huge boost from its distance runners as Chris Moen, Josh Cox and Sean Soderman took the top three spots in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Moen's time of 9:03.32 put him just ahead of Cox, who finished with a time of 9:03.55. Soderman finished the event in a time of 9:11.67. Jamal Tiller also had a solid showing for the Mountaineers, finishing second in the triple jump (48'10.25") while fourth in the long jump with a mark of 22'5".
Appalachian's sprinters performed extremely well on the track. Dennis Moore defended his 100-meter dash title with a time of 10.35 seconds while Landon Powell finished second at 10.42 seconds. The duo also finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 200-meter dash. Moore ran the event in 20.84 seconds while Powell clocked in at 21.04.
Alex Taylor ended the weekend with second-place finishes in both the 800 and 1,500-meter runs. Taylor finished the 800-meter event with a time of 1:54.97 while coming it at 3:50.72 in the 1,500-meter run.
Senior hurdler AJ Dohanic captured the 110-meter hurdle title with a time of 14.11 seconds and was also part of a 4x100-meter relay team that finished first with a time of 40.46 seconds. Stanley Broaden-Branch, competing in his first SoCon Outdoor Championships, took third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.42 seconds. In addition to the team's accomplishments, head coach John Weaver earned his ninth SoCon Men's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year award.
On the women's side, the Apps picked up their second-straight SoCon Outdoor Track and Field title.  The Mountaineers, who finished off their 18th outdoor conference championship, cruised past their competition, beating out rival Western Carolina by a 207.5-149 final.
Breanna Alston led the way for the Apps with a win in the 200-meter dash (23.68 seconds) while finishing third in the 100-meter dash (11.76). She was named as the SoCon's Most Outstanding Athlete after compiling the highest individual point total.
Alston was also part of a 4x100-meter relay team that finished first with a time of 45.92 seconds.
The Apps also got first-place finishes from Amanda Hamilton, Erika Ivey and Shenita Martin. Hamilton took home the title in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:07.46 while Ivey captured the triple jump title with a leap of 39'8".
Martin finished first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.27 and helped ASU's 4x400-meter relay team finish third with a time of 3:50.77.
Shaquiela Robinson finished second in the high jump with a mark of 19'4.75" while Asia Dunlap finished second in the 800-meter run (2:11.92) and third in the 400-meter dash (55.18).
Jasmine Suydam and Gayshawna Watkins led Appalachian's throwers with top-five finishes in the shot put and discus throw. Suydam finished third in both events with a toss of 43'11.75" in the shot put and 137' in the discus. Watkins was fourth in the shot put (43-3.25) and fifth in the discus (135-4). Tatyana Bryant had a solid showing with a second-place finish in the long jump. Her leap of 19'4" set a new personal record and moved her in to seventh all-time in ASU history. She also finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 38'0.25".
Cassie Crawford and Chelsea Farr finished second and third, respectively, in the pole vault competition as each both cleared 12'3".
Appalachian's distance runners turned in a strong showing as Sarah Williamson grabbed fourth in the 10,000-meter run (36:29.41).  Allison Cook and Hannah Orders turned in top-five finishes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Cook finished third with a time of 10:57.99 while Orders took fourth with a time of 11:00.70.
In addition to the team's accomplishments, head coach John Weaver earned his 11th SoCon Women's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year award. The Mountaineers will send a handful of athletes to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa. next weekend as they prepare for the NCAA East Preliminaries next month.


Men’s Team Results – Final

1. Appalachian State       238
2. Western Carolina        225
3. Samford                    107
4. The Citadel                79
5. Davidson                   58
6. Chattanooga              37
7. Furman                     31
8. UNCG                        30
9. Wofford                     11


Men’s Individual Awards

Most Outstanding Athlete
Jared Stalling, Appalachian State
Most Valuable Track Performer
Benny Davis, Western Carolina
Most Valuable Field Performer
Jared Stalling, Appalachian State
Freshman of the Year
Bob Elliott, Samford
Coach of the Year
John Weaver, Appalachian State


Women’s Team Results – Final

1. Appalachian State                 207.50
2. Western Carolina                   149
3. Samford                               113
4. Georgia Southern                  104
5. Elon                                     102
6. College of Charleston             62
7. UNCG                                   37
8. Furman                                16
9. The Citadel                           14.50
10. Chattanooga                       10
11. Wofford                              4
12. Davidson                            --


Women’s Individual Awards

Most Outstanding Athlete
Breanna Alston, Appalachian State
Most Outstanding Track Performer
Ebony Carter, Georgia Southern
Most Outstanding Field Performer
Emily Allen, Samford
Freshman of the Year
Alisha Bradshaw, Western Carolina
Coach of the Year
John Weaver, Appalachian State


Photo Courtesy: Jared Stallings, ASU Athletics


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