Track and Field Heads to Knoxville for Tennessee Invite

Cullowhee, N.C. – The Western Carolina and field teams are ready to shake off some rust as they head to Knoxville to take part in the Tennessee Invite for the second meet of the 2024 outdoor season.

The Catamounts return to Knoxville for the first time since the 2009 outdoor season when the Purple and Gold competed in the Sea Ray Relays. WCU took home an event win in the javelin thanks to then-freshman Darron Dotson’s 60.80-meter throw. In addition, the Catamounts earned a pair of third-place finishes in both the men’s 200-meter dash and the 4×400-meter relay.

Action in Tennessee begins bright and early on both days of competition as the women’s hammer throw opens Friday at 9:00 a.m. with Saturday’s events opening with the men’s portion of the same event, also at 9:00 a.m.

Catamounts to Watch

A handful of Catamounts will see their first action of the 2024 outdoor season including several who finished the indoor season on high notes.

Reigning SoCon indoor women’s high jump champion Imani Boyd competes against a loaded field in the outdoor version of the event. She will also earn her first time of the season in both the 400- and 100-meter hurdles on the .

Following strong performances to close out the Montreat College Open, the men’s throws squad will look to keep up their momentum as Austin Ramirez and Jacob Thomas are both slated to compete in the hammer throw. Ramirez is also entered in the discus and Thomas in the shot put. Dominick Dale will earn his first field marks of the outdoor season as the sophomore will see action in three events including the discus, hammer, and javelin throws.

In addition, a contingent of freshman phenoms will look to make an early mark on their first outdoor season as 22 first-year Catamounts are expected to compete in the meet this weekend.

Friday and Saturday’s Meet Information

Tennessee Invite | Tom Black at LaPorte Stadium | Knoxville, Tenn.

Friday | 9:00 a.m.

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Saturday | 9:00 a.m.

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Teams (26): Alabama A&M, Austin Peay, Ball State, Bowling Green, Carson-Newman, Central Michigan, Chicago State, Dayton, Denison, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana State, Kent State, Marian, Middle Tennessee State, Milligan, Northern Kentucky, Purdue Fort Wayne, Southeast Missouri, Tennessee, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Truett-McConnell, UNC Asheville, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina, and Xavier

Results can be found at: Tennessee Invitational – – Apr 5-6, 2024 | AdkinsTrak Timing Associates

Friday’s Events




9:00 a.m.

W Hammer


12:00 p.m.

M Discus

Ramirez, Dale

12:00 p.m.

W Long Jump

12:30 p.m.

M Pole Vault

2:30 p.m.

W Discus


2:30 p.m.

M Long Jump

Dorbin, Straley, Williams

3:00 p.m.

W Pole Vault

5:00 p.m.

W Javelin

H. Hudson

5:00 p.m.

W 1500m

Lane, Skoglund

5:25 p.m.

M 1500m

Elwell, Mecom, Witherspoon

5:50 p.m.

W 200m

Saunders, Simmons

6:15 p.m.

M 200m

Godfrey, Miles, Straley

6:35 p.m.

W 5k

Hopkins, Runyan, McKinney

7:00 p.m.

M 5k

Elwell, Edney

7:00 p.m.

M Javelin

Dale, Livingston, Capps

7:35 p.m.

W 400m Hurdles

Boyd, Lysight, M. Lowe

7:45 p.m.

M 400m Hurdles

Saturday’s Events

9:00 a.m.

M Hammer

Dale, Ramirez, Thomas

12:00 p.m.

W Shot Put


12:00 p.m.

M High Jump

Ledford, Pompey

12:00 p.m.

W 100m Hurdles (Semis)

Boyd, Lysight, K. Hudson

12:20 p.m.

M 110m Hurdles (Semis)

Hibberts, Worley, Braucher

12:30 p.m.

W Triple Jump

Greene, Currie

12:40 p.m.

W 4x100m

12:50 p.m.

M 4x100m

1:00 p.m.

W 800m

Esselborn, Hicks, S. Lowe

1:15 p.m.

M 800m

Davis, Stecher, Thurber

1:30 p.m.

W 100m Hurdles (Final)

Boyd, Lysight, K. Hudson

1:40 p.m.

M 100m Hurdles (Final)

Hibberts, Worley, Braucher

1:50 p.m.

W 100m

Blair, Thomas, Simmons

2:10 p.m.

M 100m

Ayden, Woodard

2:30 p.m.

M Shot Put

Center, Sorrells, Thomas

2:30 p.m.

W High Jump

H. Hudson, Boyd

2:30 p.m.

W 400m

Jenkins, Turner, Butler

2:50 p.m.

M 400m


3:00 p.m.

M Triple Jump

Dorbin, Pompey, Williams

3:40 p.m.

W 3k Steeplechase

4:05 p.m.

M 3k Steeplechase


4:30 p.m.

W 4x400m

Butler, Jenkins, Turner, Thomas

4:45 p.m.

M 4x400m

Ayden, Barton, Davis, Stecher

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