LYNCHBURG, Va. (Jan. 24, 2009) - Junior Nic Chernikow (Seymour, Tenn.) etched his name into the ETSU record books this weekend, as he set a new school record in the heptathlon at the Liberty Open, located on the Tolsma Indoor Track.
Chernikow, who broke Mike Wright's previous mark in the event by 192 points, finished third overall with 4770 points. Wright set his record at the 2007 Atlantic Sun Conference Championships, scoring 4578 points.
Meanwhile, Chernikow's teammate and fellow junior Jordan Briggs (
"This meet was a good starting point for both Nic and Jordan, but both of them know they still have a lot to work on in order to improve," commented assistant coach Eli Sunquist. "Both Nic and Jordan scored well in their top event areas, but they need to continue achieving better results in the other events."
Following Friday night's first four events, Chernikow bagged 2622 points, and was 433 points behind
However, both Buccaneer athletes made some adjustments and moved up the standings on Saturday.
Chernikow was able to make his move in the 60-meter hurdles; while the hurdles and pole vault were the two big events for Briggs.
Briggs' best finish on the day came in the pole vault - where he finished in a tie for third after ending with a mark of 13-11.25 (4.25m).
Chernikow collected half his points on Friday night in the 60-meter dash and long jump. The
On Friday, Briggs' best events came in the long jump and high jump - where he totaled 1188 points. The Erwin,
The Buccaneer track and field team returns to action next weekend when they compete in the 31st Niswonger Invitational. The two-day meet begins Friday, Jan. 30 inside
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