JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 9, 2008) - East Tennessee State University head track and field coach David E. Walker hosted a press conference luncheon this afternoon at the Best Western to discuss the final preparations for the Niswonger Foundation Track and Field Invitational, that will be held in ETSU's Memorial Center January 18th and 19th. This year's meet is the sixth year that the Niswonger Foundation will be sponsoring the event and the 30th annual track and field meet overall.
"Coach (Walker) takes pride in hosting this annual meet, and he has a tremendous staff to make this a special event each year," said ETSU Director of Athletics Dave Mullins. "Dave has built an all-around solid track program over the recent years and continues to bring in fine athletes; while he and his staff have the passion and commitment to help produce championships as well."
The meet will showcase some of the world's top collegiate, post collegiate, and professional athletes. In addition, the KTC High School Indoor Track Classic will be taking place during the same time as the collegiate Niswonger meet. Also, for the second straight year, the Elementary School Shuttle Relays will take place on Friday evening at 7 p.m.
The expected numbers for the collegiate teams range from 60-to-80 programs, and over 850 competitors for the high school meet will be in attendance. The teams are coming from all around the southeastern region; which includes high school programs and club squads. An exact number of teams will be announced once the registration process closes next week.
"I appreciate all the help the Niswonger Foundation and my staff have provided for making this a successful event over the years," mentioned
This year's meet features the following six elite invitational events: women's and men's 3000 meter, women's and men's 60 meter dash, and women's and men's 60 meter hurdles.
"I am very pleased to be back and continue this relationship with Coach Walker and ETSU athletics," added Executive Director for the Niswonger Foundation Buzz Thomas. "Dave is a Hall of Fame coach and I am proud to be associated with the university and Coach Walker as he showcases one of the top track and field meets in the region."
There was a great turnout at today's press conference which included a number of media members, Niswonger Foundation members, as well as ETSU track and field coaches and athletic staff.
A detailed scheduled, list of entrants, and results from the meet will be posted on http://www.cfpitiming.com/.
All media requests and inquiries including credential and interviews should be directed to the media relations contact for track and field Kevin Brown at (423) 439-5263 or via e-mail at
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