Western Carolina men’s and women’s track and field teams claimed the 2014 indoor Southern Conference Championships during a two-day meet March 1-2 at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, with head coach Danny Williamson ’84 MAEd ’86 picking up twin “Coach of the Year” honors for guiding both squads to titles. For the men, it marked the fifth indoor championship – and the second in the past three seasons. On the women’s side, it was the second consecutive indoor title and the eighth overall. WCU has now swept the indoor championships three times, including 1999 and 2008.
Two members of the men’s team won individual honors as Jared Johnson earned Most Outstanding Field Performer and Josh McSwain was named Freshman of the Year. Johnson won the men’s shot put on the opening day, claiming 10 points for the Catamounts with a distance of 15.51 meters, his top distance this season. He followed that performance with another first-place finish and another 10 points in the weight throw for the Catamounts with a distance of 18.18 meters, shattering his previous personal best of 16.85 meters. McSwain picked up freshman honors after a first-place finish and 10 points in the long jump on day one with a distance of 7.30 meters, a personal best. He also turned in a third-place finish and a personal best 15.19 meters in the triple jump, netting six points for the Catamounts.