JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Mar. 20, 2004) - Junior Kim Simmons (Knoxville, Tenn.) and freshman Joshua Hicks (Riceville, Tenn.) both had strong performances in the 800 meters in East Tennessee State's first outdoor meet of the season. ETSU's track and field team opened its outdoor season this weekend with the completion of the Charlotte 49er Classic held in Charlotte, N.C.
Simmons placed fifth overall with a time of 2:15.79, while Hicks recorded a time of 1:55.41 for a 13th place finish. Both times were the Buccaneer athlete's personal bests.
Freshman Anna Marie Riccardi (Canfield, Ohio) made a strong debut in this weekends meet. Riccardi, who just finished up the women's basketball season with the Lady Bucs, placed sixth in the high jump with a mark of 1.63m. Riccardi also ran well in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.31.
"I'm very pleased with Anna's performance in her first meet," said assistant coach Michelle Byrne.
In the men's long jump, David Cabbler (Roanoke, Va.) and Kaylin Chesney (Knoxville, Tenn.) had solid performances. Cabbler finished with a distance of 6.63m, while Chesney completed a 6.53m jump.
"Overall, in the first meet of the season the expectation is that we would have performed at a higher level across the board," stated Byrne. "Still, we have these early meets so we can see what we need to improve upon before we go to conference. So, now we know what we need to work on."