Birmingham, Alabama. –West Carolina track teams earned four individual wins and a relay win on Sunday as the Catamounts wrapped up the 2022 Southern Conference Championships.
The WCU men’s team finished second for the second straight year with 149 points. The women’s team placed third with 133 points and second place was decided in the final event of the competition. Samford won both the men’s (226 points) and women’s (224 points) tag team championships.
Marissa Blakely was honored as the most outstanding female athlete as she tallied 27.75 points in five events during the competition.
Javon Brown won the men’s triple jump with a personal best of 15.36 meters (50’4.75″), smashing his previous personal best of 14.96 meters (49’1″) set at the Catamount Classic two weeks ago. Bleach Brown finished second, recording an outdoor personal best of 14.86 meters (48’9″). Kaleb Ambroise finished fifth with a personal best of 13.66 meters (44’9.75), followed by Brandon Harvey eighth at 13.38 meters (43’10.75″).
The men’s 4×100 meters relay team Marcus Brown, David Miles, Michael Harris, and Ronald Kent opened the track action on Sunday with a win. The foursome posted a season best time of 41.13, nearly a second faster than their best time from the previous season.
Harris was the winner in the men’s 400 meters, finishing the race with a new personal best of 47.62. Kent finished second in the men’s 100 meters clocking 10.49. David Miles finished third, also finishing with a time of 10.49. Kent crossed the line in 10.482 with Miles breaking the tape in 10.489. Marcus Brown finished seventh in 10.77.
Miles took second place in the men’s 200 meters with a personal best 21.29. Brown also finished seventh in the race, crossing the finish line in 22.07.
Adam Hart finished second in the men’s shot put with a personal best throw of 15.48 meters, just 0.01 behind the winning throw. Ryan Eldridge finished third with a superior throw of 15.03 meters (49’3.75″). Riley Center placed fifth with a personal best 14.53 yards (14.34 yards).
Harvey finished second in the men’s high jump, clearing the bar set at 2.0 meters (6’6.75″).
Ambrose finished third in the men’s 110-metre hurdles, crossing the finish line with a time of 14.91. He notched his second top five of the competition in the 400 meters hurdles, taking fifth place with a final time of 56.33.
Brown, Miles, Harris and Joshua Stapleton clocked a season best 3:16.53 in the men’s 4×400 meters relay as they earned a third-place finish.
In men’s discus, Hart recorded a third-place finish with a personal best 46.89 meters (153’10”).
Jalen Elwell finished eighth in the men’s 800 meters with a time of 1:52.83.
On the women’s side, Blakely led a 1-2 WCU final in the women’s 400 meters, taking the win with a personal best 54.93. Nytrinitey Jenkins finished second with a personal best 55.71. Mikaila Turner finished seventh, crossing the finish line with a new personal best of 58.46.
Blakely and Jenkins repeated their feat in the 200 meters. Blakely took the event victory with a personal best 24.29, which is tied for the event’s fourth-highest in program history. Jenkins finished the race with a personal best 24.43.
Victoria Solheim won the women’s discus with a personal best throw of 46.95 meters (154’0″). Solheim’s throw is the second-best in the event in program history. She also earned a fifth-place finish in the throw women’s shot put with a superior throw of 12.44 meters (40’9.75″).
Makaila McIntyre led three WCU student-athletes in the women’s triple jump finishing second with a leap of 12.20 meters (40’0.5″). McIntyre trailed Samford’s Morayo Bhadmos by 0.01 meters for the first square. Derica Currie finished fifth with a maximum distance of 11.43 meters (37’6″). Erica O’Neal finished seventh with a new personal best of 11.14 meters (36’6.75″).
McIntyre finished third in the women’s 100 meters with a personal best 11.91.
Kayla Smith, Blakely, Jenkins and McIntyre teamed up for third place in the women’s 4×100-meter relay clocking 46.89. Blakely also earned a fourth-place finish in the women’s high jump, clearing a height of 1.60 meters (5’3′). Turner, Jenkins, Blakely and Smith finished fourth in the women’s 4×400 meters relay, finishing the race in 3:53.69.
Kate Mattison finished fourth in the women’s 5,000 meters with a time of 17:27.52. Omar McBride finished fifth in the women’s heptathlon with 3,955 points.
Dami Shodeinde finished fifth in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a season best time of 14.29. Mallory Lowe finished seventh, crossing the finish line with a new personal best of 14.55. Tre’Breh Scott was eighth in 14.77.
Taniyah Thomas finished seventh in the women’s discus throw with a superior throw of 33.93 meters (111’4″).
Selections for the NCAA East Preliminaries will be announced in the coming weeks and will take place May 25-28 in Bloomington, Ind.
Results Men – Final
1. Samford – 226 points
2. West Carolina – 149
4. Fourman – 95
6. The Citadel – 74
7. Wofford- 42
Results Women – Final
1. Samford – 224 points
3. West Carolina – 133
4. Wofford- 117
5. Fourman – 94
6. The Citadel – 46
7. Mercier – 31
8. Chattanooga – 21
Most Outstanding Male Athlete
Matt Cahoon, Samford
Most Outstanding Female Athlete
Marissa BlakelyWest Carolina
Men’s Pinnacle Award (Championship-winning team’s highest GPA)
Logan Guzik, Samford
Women’s Pinnacle Award (the highest GPA of the championship-winning team)
Savannah Schmidt, Samford
Day 2 Champions
Men: high jump Stephen Kraeling, The Citadel (2.05 meters); disk Solomon Ghosh, VMI (48.70 meters); Relay 4×100 meters Marcus Brown, David Miles, Michael HarrisRonald Kent, West Carolina (41.13); 1500 meter race Adam Bradtmueller, ETSU (3:44.55); 110 meters hurdles Michael McMahan, Samford (14.52); 400 meter race Michael HarrisWest Carolina (47.62); 100 meter race Jordin Poindexter, VMI (10.27); 800 meter race Matthew Smith, Furman (1:48.37*); 400 meters hurdles Michael McMahan, Samford (53.05); decathlon Ty Kimberlin, Samford (6,769 points); 5000 meter race Gabe Montague, Furman (15:18.40); 200 meter race Justin Poindexter, VMI (20.89); shot put JP Caglione, The Citadel (15.49 meters); triple jump Javon BrownWest Carolina (15.36 meters); Relay 4×400 meters Jeremiah Wilks, Jordan Poindexter, Richard Edwards, Johnnie Walker, VMI (3:11.08).
Women: Shot put Hannah Daffin, Samford (14.38 yards); Heptathlon Mia Milasinovic, Samford (4,871 points); Relay 4×100 meters Destiny Shippy, Georgia McDevitt, Rylee Jorgensen, Madeline McNinch, Wofford (45.99); 1500 meter race Megan Marvin, Furman (4:20.44); 100 meters hurdles Kerrington Johnson, Wofford (1:40 p.m.); triple jump Morayo Bhadmos, Samford (12.21 yards); 400 meter race Marissa BlakelyWest Carolina (54.93); 100 meter race Nicole Johnson, ETSU (11.66); 800 meter race Megan Marvin, Furman (2:07.66); 400 meters hurdles Lindsay Cooper, ETSU (1:00.33); 200 meter race Marissa BlakelyWest Carolina (24.29); disk Victoria SolheimWest Carolina (46.95 meters); big jump Makenzie Hooton, Samford (1.65m); 5000 meter race Bethany Graham, Furman (17:05.04); Relay 4×400 meters Jessica Lord, Hannah Burkhart, Lindsay Cooper, Nicole Johnson, ETSU (3:48.68).
* encounter record