Saturday, February 6, 2016

Catamounts take 3 of 4 in Track & Field awards

The Southern Conference announced its January athletes of the month for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field. Catamounts were selected in 3 of 4 of the honors.  

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Track
Tayla Carter, Western Carolina, Sr.
Western Carolina senior Tayla Carter assembled an impressive month for the Catamounts, recording five first-place finishes across three different meets. The Marietta, Ga., native was a member of WCU’s 4x400 relay team that clocked a SoCon-best 3:52.03 mark at the ETSU Track and Field Invitational. Carter also boasts SoCon-leading marks in the 60-meter and 200-meter dash, registering times of 7.43 seconds and 24.50 seconds, respectively, at the Thundering Herd Invitational. Both performances earned her first-place finishes. Carter’s 60-meter time broke a meet and track record and tied her own school record that she set back in 2013. Her 24.70-second performance in the 200 meter set a meet record. Carter garnered SoCon women’s track athlete of the week on Jan. 20.
Field
Hailey Cook, Western Carolina, Jr.
Western Carolina junior Hailey Cook notched SoCon-best marks in the shot put and weight throw in January en route to women’s field athlete of the month. At the ETSU Invitational, held Jan. 15-16, Cook tossed her way to first-place finishes in the shot put and weight throw, and her shot put toss of 14.93 meters at the meet still stands as a league best. The Hendersonville, N.C., product closed out the month on a high note at the Thundering Herd Invitational by recording a conference-best 17.16m toss in the weight throw. Cook grabbed SoCon women’s field athlete of the week distinction on Jan. 20.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Field
Jamie Brown, Western Carolina, Fr.
Freshman Jamie Brown was a solid performer for the Catamounts in January. At the David E. Walker Classic on Jan. 9, Brown recorded two SoCon-leading marks, tying for first in the high jump with a leap of 2.05 meters and registering a second-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 7.67 meters. The Knightdale, N.C., product added a third-place finish in the triple jump at the ETSU Invitational a week later, stopping the tape at 14.60 meters. He also came in fourth in the high jump with a 2.00m leap at the Thundering Herd Invitational to close out the month. Brown earned SoCon field athlete of the week recognition on Jan. 20.

Courtesy SoConSports.com


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