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Western Carolina University alumni taking Olympics by storm

The Games of the XXX Olympiad being held in London has 204 countries from across the globe fighting to earn a place in history. The United States of America sent 529 athletes to London with a record number: 268 women and 261 men.

Of the 261 men who have been deemed the best athletes in the country, one of Team USA is a graduate of Western Carolina University (WCU). Manteo Mitchell, a 2009 graduate of WCU, broke numerous records as a member of the Catamount Track team. Mitchell was sent to London as a part of the pool of runners who qualified to compete in the men's 4 X 400 meter relay race.


Faith, Focus, and Finish guiding WCU standout

Former Western Carolina University Track & Field standout Manteo Mitchell sprinted to the front of the pack during the 2012 United States Olympic Trials as he competed in the finals of the 400-meter dash Sunday, June 24, at Historic Heyward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Mitchell finished fifth overall in the event and shattered his previous time to run an all-time personal best time of 44.96.

The Mooresboro, N.C., native, who received an undergraduate degree in Sport Management with a concentration in Athletic Administration and a Master's degree in Physical Education, both from WCU...


Players to be guests at inaugural WNC Open tournament.

The Macon County Senior Games will be hosting the Western North Carolina Open, the first U.S.A. Badminton Association sanctioned badminton tournament in the area, on June 22 and 23 at Mountain View Intermediate School.

“This is the Macon Senior Games first badminton tournament where we are really trying to entice the younger, exciting players to come play in the mountains,” said Mary Ann Ingram, with the Macon County Senior Games.


The men’s varsity basketball team at Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps took first place in the Smoky Mountain Conference Basketball Tournament.

The men had a great season with no double losses to any team in the conference. Despite being ranked third going into the tournament, the team was seen as a major contender.

There were some concerns with a few seasoned players being lost to graduation just before the tournament, but new faces stepped up to the challenge.


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