UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (Feb. 4, 2012) – A week after hosting the Niswonger Invitational – putting together multiple top-five performances – the ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Penn State Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup on Saturday, but were unable to reproduce last weekend’s results with just five individual top-fives.
"We only had a handful of good performances, and the majority our student-athletes have yet to understand how to perform on a bigger stage,” ETSU assistant coach Eli Sunquist said. “This meet was meant to not only be a tune up before the conference meet, but also a reward to the student-athletes for their hard work.
“From my perspective our team isn't ready to take it to the next level, and it’s a shame. Our goals are much bigger than just the conference level, but the results aren't showing that at all. We as a coaching staff hope things will turn around by the conference meet. We won't win anything if we have another showing like this."
Ifrish Alberg (Paramaribo, Suriname) had ETSU’s best performance of the day, as he posted the No. 1 qualifying time in the men’s 60m dash and advanced to the finals to win the event with a personal best 6.78 time. Alberg edged out Connecticut’s Darnell Cummings (6.82) to take first place.
On the women’s end, freshman Katerina Vodova (Humpolec, Czech Republic) put in the performance of the day, as she took third place in the pentathlon with 3,698 total points. The point total set a new personal best for the freshman, as Vodova also took first in both the high jump (1.71m) and shot put (12.04m) along with way. Her toss in the shot put bested her previous mark by 2’ 7.5”
Sophomore Taylor Story (Germantown, Tenn) also competed in the pentathlon, earning fifth with 3,090 combined points.
Freshman Demetria Edgecomb (Spartanburg, S.C.) set a new ETSU mark in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.79. The pace earned Edgecomb ninth in the event.
In the jumps, sophomore Lexie Burley (Johnson City, Tenn.) came away with top-fives in both the long jump and triple jump. In the long jump, Burley took fourth with a personal-best leap of 5.55m. In the triple, Burley recorded an 11.95m jump to take fifth.
Fellow local-product Jasmine Foster (Johnson City, Tenn.) also performed well, taking 11th in both the shot put and weight throw with a 13.04m shot put toss and a 15.81m weight throw.
The Bucs take next weekend off before hosting the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships from Feb. 17-18 inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
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