ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s and women’s track and field squads will compete in their second outdoor meet of the year this weekend when the Bulldogs travel to Western Carolina for the Benyon Catamount Classic on Friday and Saturday.


Asheville opened the season last weekend in Charlotte at the 49ers Classic. Head Coach Jesse Norman was quite pleased with how his teams performed.


“We really had a great meet in Charlotte. I believe it’s the best start we’ve ever had in the outdoor season,” explained Norman, now in his sixth year directing the Bulldog programs. “We had a lot of people set personal bests.”


Norman looks for the solid results to continue this weekend at WCU.


“This is a good a meet for us to compete in,” added Norman. “We’ve got a chance to have some success with both teams.”


Asheville will have junior sprinter Milan Ristic compete this weekend. He sat out last weekend meet after competing in the NCAA Indoor championships the weekend before in the hurdles. Ristic is expected to compete in the 110 hurdles and 200 meters.


Senior Sarah Gentry set a school record in winning the 800 meters at Charlotte last weekend. She was named Big South Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week for her performance in Charlotte. Gentry will run in the 200 and 400 meters at Western Carolina.


Kurt Hibert took third place in the hammer throw with a school-record toss of 56.33 meters at Charlotte. Hibert finished first among all college representatives. He held the previous school record of 54.47.


Senior distance runner Emma Bussard finished third at Charlotte in the 5000 meters with a time of 17:12.58.