The 2014 Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship is set for Saturday andSunday, April 26-27, and will be hosted by Wofford College at Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg, S.C. This will be the 90th annual Outdoor Track and Field Championship for the men and the 28th
annual for the women.
The championships will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. with the mens decathlon events, followed by the womens heptathlon events at 8:30 a.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday at 5 p.m.
The event is free to the public. Live results, daily recaps, daily photos and video highlights can be found on the Southern Conference website, www.soconsports.com.
Western Carolinas men and women both took home SoCon titles at the 2013 championship held at Georgia Southern. The Catamount men scored 222.5 points to earn the victory and edge second-place Samford by 13.5 points. Appalachian State finished third with 183.5 points, and Davidson took fourth with 70.5. Brandon Hazouri, last years Freshman of the Year, is the only mens individual award winner from 2013 competing at this years championships.
The WCU womens team finished 38 points ahead of Appalachian State, who took second with 159.5 points. Georgia Southern (112.5) and Elon (111) were third and fourth, respectively. Samfords Ashley Cope (Most Outstanding Athlete), Furmans Sinead Haughey (Most Outstanding Track Performer), Western Carolinas Alisha Bradshaw (Most Outstanding Field Performer) and Western Carolinas Tayla Carter (Freshman of the Year) will all compete in this years meet after taking home individual honors at the 2013 championships.
In the most recent power rankings, which include meets through April 20, Western Carolina leads the womens side with 197.5 points, trailed by Samford with 161 points. Elon (133) is third, followed by Appalachian State (116), Georgia Southern (105.5) and UNCG (27).
Samford (226.5) holds the top spot in the mens power rankings by a single point over Western Carolina (225.5), while Appalachian State sits at third with 139.5 points. The Citadel (77) and Furman (53) sit at fourth and fifth, respectively.
Women's Indoor Track and Field Power Rankings
Western Carolina 197.5
Appalachian State 116
Georgia Southern 105.5
The Citadel 16
Men's Indoor Track and Field Power Rankings
Western Carolina 225.5
Appalachian State 139.5
The Citadel 77