CULLOWHEE, N.C. (April 13, 2018) -- Four podium finishes, with one from a freshman, were the highlights for ETSU on the first day of the Catamount Classic, Friday in Cullowhee, N.C.
Karon Delince (Phenix, Ala.), in his first collegiate outdoor meet, came with a scant ¾” of winning the men’s long jump. The freshman’s distance of 23’ 10¼” (7.27) was just shy of Adrian McGee of North Greeneville.
In the women’s javelin, Alyssa Whipkey (Pennsville, N.J.) -- who won the women’s javelin at last week’s VertKlasse Meeting and was named the Southern Conference Field Athlete of the Week on Wednesday -- was a close runner-up on Friday. Her throw of 140’ 6” (42.82m) was 19 inches off the lead, but six feet better than the 3rd-place performance.
Sydney Hawks (Pearisburg, Va.) joined Whipkey in the top ten by finishing 8th, at 107’ 10”/32.86m. Margaret Hayden (Ballymore Eustace, Kildare, Ireland) was 20th and Marabeth Clark (Maryville, Tenn.) 22nd.
Hayden was 10th in the women’s hammer earlier in the day with a personal-best effort of 146’ 1” (44.52m). The junior eclipsed her old mark of 138’ 1¾” (42.11m) set at the Weems Baskin Invitational three weeks ago. Jaden Finch (Glen Aubrey, N.Y.), was 14th on Friday, Atlantis Warren (Memphis, Tenn.) was 21st, and Hawks 26th.
Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) was the top collegiate finisher in the men’s javelin. He was second only to unattached competitor Capers Williamson, a former standout at The Citadel who made the finals of the U.S. Olympic trials in 2016. Johnson’s throw of 205’ 4” was the 2nd-best of his career and nearly 46 feet longer than any other college athlete in the field.
Johnson was also runner-up in the men’s hammer, with a throw of 171’ 4” (52.23m). He was the only athlete not on Western Carolina – the host of the Catamount Classic – in the top six.
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