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CATAMOUNTS SWEEP SOCON CHAMPIONSHIP PDF Print
Written by Sean Jones   
Monday, 03 March 2014 07:39

The Western Carolina men’s and women’s teams won the 2014 Southern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at the JDL Fast Track during events held over two days in Winston-Salem.

 

 

 

 

The Catamount women’s team scored 132 points to score the title win, finishing ahead of second-place Appalachian State, who scored 120.5 points. Georgia Southern placed third with 119 points and Samford was the fourth place finisher, scoring 113.5 points.

 

 

 

Appalachian State’s Breanna Alston earned Women’s Most Outstanding Athlete honors for the second straight year, and also was selected as the Women’s Most Valuable Track Performer.

 

 

 

Samford’s Ashley Cope was selected as the Women’s Most Valuable Field Performer.

 

 

 

On the men’s side, the Catamounts used 185 team points to bring home the SoCon championship. Appalachian State finished second with 150 points, followed by Samford (112) and The Citadel (66).

 

 

 

Western Carolina also took home several men’s individual awards, nabbing three of the five possible individual honors. Jared Johnson was chosen as the 2014 Most Valuable Field performer for his efforts over the weekend, and teammate Josh McSwain was named 2014 Freshman of the Year. Head coach Danny Williamson was selected as both the men’s and women’s Coach of the Year.

 

 

 

The Citadel’s Jamaal Brantley was voted Most Valuable Track Performer and Samford’s Brandon Bassett earned Most Outstanding Athlete of the championship, taking home the Heath Whittle award, given to the athlete who scores the most points in the meet.

 

 

 

UNCG’s Shaina Sumney set a new conference record in the women’s 5,000-meters on Sunday. Sumney finished in 16:39.02, breaking the record previously held by College of Charleston’s Dena O’Brien, which was 16:39.47 and set in 2012.

 

 

 

The men’s heptathlon kicked off the final day of the championship and Christian Carswell scored Western Carolina a first place finish, scoring 4,681 points. Appalachian State’s Jackson Powers won the 1,000-meter event to finish in second place with 4,648 points, while WCU’s Sam Lusty took third with 4,351.

 

 

 

Jared Johnson continued the winning for the Catamounts, getting his second win of the weekend by taking the men’s weight throw. Johnson’s third throw measured 18.18m (59-07 ¾) which was five feet farther than the nearest competitior. Fellow Catamount Alisha Bradshaw was the winner in the women’s weight throw, throwing 19.27 (63-02 ¾) to claim the title.

 

 

 

Marquis Bailey scored Western Carolina’s third win of the day in the 60-meter hurdles, narrowly edging out teammate Abraham Faison for the win. Elon’s Sydney Griffin picked up the women’s 60-meter hurdle victory, fending off Georgia Southern’s Alyssa Felton and Western Carolina’s Xaveria Bass.

 

 

 

Samford took first in the men’s and women’s mile, as Adam Jones took the men’s title with a time of 4:17.52. Lauren D’Alessio won the third mile title of her career, crossing the finish line in 4:58.51.

 

 

 

Brantley scored wins in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meters, finishing the 60 in 6.82 seconds and crossing the line in the 200 in 21.97 seconds. Western Carolina’s Tayla Carter won her second straight title in the 60-meters, finishing at 7.45.

 

 

 

Alston managed to win her fourth title in the 200, beating out Carter by 0.21 seconds to finish at 24.42.

 

 

 

Aaron Harris of Western Carolina took the men’s 400-meters and fellow Catamount Genevieve Emrick was the women’s 400 winner.

 

 

 

Samford senior Nathan Hendershot was the champion in the 800-meters and Georgia Southern’s Sherril McFarlane took the women’s 800 with a time of 2:10.54.

 

 

 

Furman’s Tripp Hurt was the winner in the men’s 5k, crossing the line in 14:30.76,with teammate Tanner Hinkle taking second.

 

 

 

Samford freshman Morgan Johnson won the women’s pole vault after a three-way jump-off, narrowly defeating Cassandra Crawford of Appalachian State and fellow Bulldog Cope.

 

 

 

The triple jump winners were Samford’s Nicole Charley and Jamal Tiller of Appalachian State.

 

 

 

The women’s 4x400-meter relay closed the day, and was won by Georgia Southern. The team of Dana Edwards, Sherril McFarlane, Cherrelle King and Asha Stegall clocked a 3:50.02 to earn the win. The men’s 4x400 team of Earl Rahming, Aaron Harris, Demari Boswell and Adrian Ortado of Western Carolina took home the men’s crown.

 

 

 

 

 

Men’s Team Results – Final

 

1. Western Carolina 185

 

2. Appalachian State 150

 

3. Samford 112

 

4. The Citadel 66

 

5. Furman 65

 

6. Davidson 36

 

7. Chattanooga 25

 

8. Wofford 13

 

9. UNCG 9

 

 

 

Women’s Team Results – Final

 

1. Western Carolina 132

 

2. Appalachian State 120.5

 

3. Georgia Southern 119

 

4. Samford 113.5

 

5. Elon 88

 

6. Chattanooga 22

 

7. UNCG 18

 

8. Furman 17

 

9. Davidson 16

 

10. The Citadel 10

 

11. Wofford 3

 

 

Men’s Individual Awards

 

 

Most Outstanding Athlete

 

Brandon Bassett, Samford

 

 

Most Outstanding Track Performer

 

Jamaal Brantley, The Citadel

 

 

 

Most Outstanding Field Performer

 

Jared Johnson, Western Carolina

 

 

 

Freshman of the Year

 

Josh McSwain, Western Carolina

 

 

Coach of the Year

 

Danny Williamson, Western Carolina

 

 

 

Women’s Individual Awards

 

 

Most Outstanding Athlete

Breanna Alston, Appalachian State

 

 

Most Outstanding Track Performer

Breanna Alston, Appalachian State

 

 

 

Most Outstanding Field Performers

Ashley Cope, Samford

 

 

Freshman of the Year

 

Morgan Johnson, Samford

 

 

 

Coach of the Year

 

Danny Williamson, Western Carolina

 

 

 

Men’s All-Freshman Team – Day 2

 

 

 

Heptathlon

Jackson Powers, Appalachian State

 

Andrew Patterson, Samford

 

 

 

Weight Throw

Nathan Milch, Appalachian State

 

Brian Smith, Samford

 

James Hayworth, Wofford

 

 

 

Triple Jump

 

Josh McSwain, Western Carolina

 

James Stovall, Chattanooga

 

Chris Powell, Davidson

 

 

 

60m Dash

William Buckley, Appalachian State

 

 

200m Dash

William Buckley, Appalachian State

 

 

 

400m Dash

Joshua Hanna, Appalachian State

 

Eric Blake, Western Carolina

 

 

 

Mile Run

 

Brock Baker, Furman

 

JC Cornett, Western Carolina

 

Nate Riech, Furman

 

 

 

5000m Run

 

Tanner Hinkle, Furman’

 

Chris Anderson, Appalachian State

 

JC Cornett, Western Carolina

 

 

 

Women’s All-Freshman Team – Day 2

 

 

Pole Vault

 

Morgan Johnson, Samford

 

Emily Eustace, Samford

 

 

 

Triple Jump

 

Tiffani Lews, Western Carolina

 

 

 

Weight Throw

Nathan Milch, Appalachian State

 

Brian Smith, Samford

 

James Hayworth, Wofford

 

 

 

60m Dash

 

Tiffani Lewis, Western Carolina

 

 

 

400m Dash

 

Asha Stegall, Georgia Southern

 

 

 

Mile Run

 

Allie Buchalski, Furman

 

 

 

5000m Run

 

Grace Tinkey, Furman

 

Tristan Van Ord, Appalachian State

 

Elyse Bierut, Elon

 

 

 

 

  
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