It’s another season, another pair of championships for the Western Carolina University men’s track and field team. The squad captured its fourth-straight Southern Conference Indoor title in February in Johnson City, Tennessee, by downing second-place Samford by 15 points. A couple of months later, the team won its second consecutive conference outdoor track and field crown in Birmingham, Alabama, edging second-place Samford by just six points and clinching the title in the final event of the day, the 4×400 relay.
The WCU women came up just short of winning their third indoor title in the last four years as they fell to Samford by 56.5 points in February, also taking second place in May’s outdoor meet when they were outpaced by 51 points by Samford. The championships are the first under first-year head coach Cale McDaniel ’10 MAEd ’13, who served as an assistant coach for many WCU championships in the past.
WCU crowned four individual champions and one relay champion on the final day of the indoor championships including two women’s individual titles and two men’s individual titles. Sophomore Miles Greer won the competition’s Pinnacle Award, which goes to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA on the championship-winning team in each SoCon sport.
In the outdoor events, the Catamount women took home two individual wins and swept the relays while the men had three individual titles and won the 4×400 relay. WCU sophomore Dakota Wright received the men’s Pinnacle Award for the outdoor championships.