MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - The College of Charleston women's track & field team opened the 2013 outdoor track & field season by hosting the Palmetto Classic Friday at the Park West Complex.
Junior Christine Klinar highlighted the day for the Cougars as she won the javelin throw competition with a throw of 37.51 meters, nearly 12 feet further than the second-place finisher.
Junior Kaitlin McWhorter finished in the top-10 in three different events for the Cougars. McWhorter, who is coming off a career-best in the pentathlon at the Southern Conference Indoor Championship, finished third in the high jump (1.55m), sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.92) and eighth in the javelin throw (30.66m).
Sophomore Tiffany Sisk, who was the Southern Conference Outdoor Champion in 2012 finished in second-place in the shot put with a mark of 13.64 meters.
Members of the CofC men's cross country team also competed in the meet, highlighted by McKenzie Johnston, who won the 3,000-meter run with a meet record of 8:59.18, a four second improvement on the old meet record set last year by Josh Williams.
On a day where the conditions were challenging with strong winds, CofC head coach Amy Seago said overall she was pleased with how the team competed.
"I think we got the outdoor season off to a good start," she said. "The first meet outdoors is always a little difficult, but I thought our kids competed well and set the foundation for future success this outdoor season."
Up next the Cougars travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to compete in the Shamrock Invitational on March 14-15, a meet they have competed in the last few years.