ETSU Track and Field holds press conference for 32nd annual Niswonger Invitational
Monday, January 11, 2010

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 11, 2010) - 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, which will be held inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center on January 22nd and 23rd. This year's meet is the eighth year that the Niswonger Foundation will be sponsoring the event and the 32nd annual track and field meet overall.


"Coach (Walker) takes great 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.


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 the help the Niswonger Foundation and my staff have provided for making this a successful event over the years," mentioned Walker. "We always had great athletes participate here in the past and we continue bringing them back each year."


This year's meet features the following eight elite invitational events: men's and women's 3000 meter, men's and women's 60 meter dash, men's and women's 60 meter hurdles and the men's and women's mile run.  


There was a great turnout at today's press conference which included a number of media members, Niswonger Foundation members, community representatives, ETSU track and field coaches and athletic staff.


A detailed scheduled, list of entrants, and results from the meet will be posted on


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