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.  

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.
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.

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.


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