Western Carolina wins SoCon title
Catamounts clinch victory with first-place 4X400 relay finish
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Western Carolina men and Appalachian State women won the 2012 Southern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex where 10 conference records were broken.
On the men’s side, the Catamounts scored 155 points followed by Appalachian State with 154.5 points in the final standings. The Appalachian State women tallied 157.16 points with Western Carolina coming in second place with 113 points.
Friday began with the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon.
Samford junior Bo Ackerson-Gilroy broke the men’s SoCon heptathlon record with 5,127 points. Brandon Bassett of Samford set the league heptathlon record with 5,063 points last year.
Ackerson-Gilroy took first place in the long jump (6.73m), high jump (2.00m) and 60 meter-hurdles (8.49), finished second in the 60 meters (7.26), shot put (12.28m) and pole vault (4.05m) He completed the 1000 meters with a time of 2:59.78.
The Bulldogs took the top two spots in event with freshman Josh Davies placing second with 4,780 points. Western Carolina junior Luke Burton finished third with 4,711.
In the men’s 60m hurdles, Appalachian State senior AJ Dohanic won the event with a time of 8.01. Jasmine Billings of Georgia Southern took the top spot for the women with a time of 8.49.
Justin Emerson of Samford, won the 60m dash with a time of 6.86. Georgia Southern Ebony Carter won the event on the women’s side with a time of 7.56.
UNCG swept the mile event with sophomore Paul Chelimo taking the men’s title with a time of 4:06.57 and senior Ashley Schnell took the top spot on the women’s side with a time of 4:46.42, breaking the conference record of 4:48.09 which was set in 2006 by Chattanooga’s Shannon Wommack.
Bob McNeil from Western Carolina won the men’s triple jump with a leap of 15.08m. Samford junior Emily Allen took the top spot in the triple jump with a leap of 12.02m (29’5.25”).
With a conference record mark of 19.23m Samford senior Kyle Kirby, who finished second in the event last year, won the men’s weight throw.
Gayshawna Watkins from Appalachian State, won the women’s weight throw with a mark of 17.09m.
Brunson Miller from The Citadel, defended his title for the third consecutive year in the 400 meters breaking the Southern Conference record of 47.11. Miller finished the race with a time of 46.97.
On the women’s side, Western Carolina senior Felisha Garren ran the 400 meters in a time of 54.61, breaking the league record by three-hundredths of a second.
Davidson sophomore Andrew Lantz defended title in the 800 meters winning in a time of 1:52.18. On the women’s side, Samford freshman Marie Demedicis took the title with a time of 2:12.90, followed by freshman teammate Anna Irvine with a time of 2:13.36.
In women’s pole vault, Samford sophomore Claire Goodson claimed first place with a mark of 4.05m, breaking the Southern Conference record.
Benny Davis of Western Carolina, took the top spot in the 200 meters with a time of 21.35. On the women’s side, Appalachian State’s Breanna Alston defended her title for the second consecutive year with a time of 24.31.
Davidson junior Demetrios Pagonis won the men’s 5000 meters, finishing in a time of 14:22.47.
College of Charleston sophomore Dena O’Brien won the women’s 5000 meters for the second consecutive year with a time of 16:39.47. She broke her own league record of 16:46.59 that she set at last year’s championship.
The championship concluded with the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays. Western Carolina took first place in both. The men posted a time of 3:15.08. The relay team consisted of sophomore Aaron Tribble, junior Brandon Hairston, freshman Demari Boswell and senior Benny Davis.
The women’s Catamount relay team posted a new conference record time of 3:44.98. The team included sophomore Shiniqua Proyor, freshman Genevieve Emrick, freshman Lena Elliot and senior Felisha Garren.