After eight months of training and practice, the Wildcat track and field team finally returned for their first meet of the 2017 indoor season. St. Kate's found quite a bit of success Friday evening at the St. Thomas Open at the University of St. Thomas, as multiple student-athletes recorded personal records (PR) and found their way to the top-10 list in program history. One of those athletes was senior thrower Katelyn Byers-Carter (Bloomington, Minn. / Jefferson), who has been named the Wildcat Athlete of the Week for her performance at St. Thomas.
Byers-Carter could not have asked for a better start to the 2017 indoor season. The senior set a PR in her premiere event, the shot put, with a throw of 11.54 meter, crushing her previous PR of 10.14 meters and earning third place in the event. However, that throw wasn’t just a PR for Byers-Carter. It also cracked St. Kate’s all-time top-10 list as the No. 8 throw in program history.
Byers-Carter was also impressive in her in weight throw debut with a throw of 11.31 meters. She finished seventh in that event behind two teammates and other student-athletes from Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) teams.
After opening weekend, Byers-Carter’s throw in the shot put is No. 3 on the MIAC’s top-10 list. Her distance in weight throw also cracked the top-10 and falls at No. 9 in the conference.