Western Carolina’s Devaniel Dale, a junior from Salisbury, was named the Southern Conference Men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer after a pair of wins in the conference meet.
He won the 200-meter dash in 20.86 and took the 400-meter dash in 46.55. He was also part of runner-up teams in the 400 and 1,600 relays.
Coach Jesse Norman, who is in his first season at the helm, was named men’s Co-Coach of the Year after guiding the Catamounts to their fourth consecutive conference championship.
In addition to Dale’s victories, WCU’s men won three events. They were Dijoun Huitt at 15.42 meters in the triple jump; Dakota Oxendine at 2.12 meters in the high jump; and Dakota Wright at 16.79 meters in the shot put.
The Cats overcame a 12-point deficit after the first day to capture the title April 28 at Samford. WCU finished with 186 points to Samford’s 169. East Tennessee was third at 136, followed by Wofford (91), Furman (88), Citadel (74), Virginia Military (65) and UNC-Greensboro (5).
The Lady Cats came in third in the women’s meet. Makaila McIntyre was the team’s top performer as she won the triple jump with a personal-best distance of 12.22 meters and the long jump with a leap of 6.14 meters.
Kellsie Whitehead won the 400-meter dash in 55.23.
Samford won the women’s meet with 228 points to Wofford’s 126. WCU was third at 119, followed by ETSU (100), Furman (91), Mercer (70), VMI and Citadel (31), UT-Chattanooga (15) and UNC-G (8).