ETSU primes for day two looking to close the gap on Kennesaw State
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 17, 2012) – The ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams completed day one of the 2012 Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships on Friday at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center, as the men’s team sits in fourth place with 31 total points and the women’s team sits in third after racking up 38 points.
“Even though we’re in fourth in the standings right now, we’re right where we want to be on the men’s side of things,” ETSU assistant coach Eli Sunquist said. “We expect to make up a lot of points tomorrow with the qualifiers we put in today. The women are a bit behind pace, but we’ll look to make up some of those points tomorrow as well”
Kennesaw State is the leader after the opening day on both the men’s and women’s side. The Owls’ men’s team totaled 57 points to hold a 24-point advantage over second place USC Upstate, while the Owls’ women’s team combined for 62 points to currently reside 10 points ahead of six-time defending champion Jacksonville.
The championships got underway at 8:30 a.m. with the women’s pentathlon, where freshman Katerina Vodova (Humpolec, Czech Republic) took second place. Vodova tied for first place in the high jump (1.66m), took second in the long jump (5.69m), shot put (11.98m) and 800m dash (2:33.73), and third place in the 60m hurdles (9.35) to total a new personal best of 3,707 points in the event. Her marks in the 60m hurdles and long jump were personal bests as well.
Sophomore Taylor Story (Germantown, Tenn.) and senior Leah Oakhill (Brisbane, Australia) also competed well in the pentathlon, setting personal bests with fourth (3,436) and fifth (3,216) place finishes, respectively, to earn the women’s team a total of 17 points in the championship standings.
In setting new highs in the pentathlon, Story set personal bests in the shot put (9.78m), long jump (5.69m) and 800m (2:38.04), with her new shot put mark besting her previous best by 0.96m. Oakhill set two new personal bests with an 11.12m shot put and 5.12m long jump.
The first four events of the men’s heptathlon were also run in the opening session, highlighted by the performances of freshmen K’Vonte Scott (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Evaristo Valls (Elche, Spain). After taking first in the long jump and high jump, Scott leads the heptathlon with 2,817 points, while Valls sits in second place with 2,672 points. Scott’s 60m dash time of 7.27, high jump of 6.79m and shot put of 10.64m were all new personal bests, while his 1.93m high jump tied his personal mark.
“Our multis did a good job," Sunquist said. "All three of our females set personal bests in the pentathlon and all four of our men are on pace to set personal records for tomorrow.”
After about a two-hour break, the afternoon session began at 3:30 p.m. with the women’s long jump. Vodova, who already set a personal best in the long jump during the pentathlon, took care of business once again with a 5.70m leap to add to her personal mark. Junior Kelly Monteleone (Pittsburgh, Pa.) grabbed ETSU three additional points with a sixth place finish after recording a 5.51m jump.
Junior local product Jasmine Foster (Johnson City, Tenn.) shined for ETSU in the women’s shot put, eclipsing her career best – set at last year’s A-Sun Indoor Championships – with a 13.22m toss.
The women’s field events continued with the high jump finals, but the Buccaneers struggled as Vodova and Story finished seventh and ninth, respectively, in the event. Heading into the meet, the two were seeded No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.
“We expected more points from Katerina [Vodova] and Taylor [Story] in the high jump,” Sunquist commented. “It’s just unfortunate in the way the scheduling worked out that they were called upon to perform multiple times in the second session after exhausting themselves in the pentathlon during the earlier session.”
On the track side of things, sophomore Emani Harrison (Columbia, S.C.) qualified for Saturday’s 60m dash finals with a time of 7.61. The time edged Harrison’s personal best by .01, which she set at last year’s A-Sun Indoors, and places her as the No. 2 qualifier in the final. The 60m hurdles saw freshman Demetria Edgecombe (Spartanburg, S.C.) qualify for a final on Saturday as well, setting a new personal best of 8.59. The time beat Edgecombe’s previous personal best which she set two weeks ago at Penn State.
The men captured the top two qualifying spots in tomorrow’s 60m dash finals, as Ifrish Alberg (Paramaribo, Suriname) tied his personal best time of 6.78 to qualify first overall, while freshman Jadon Short (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) clocked in with a personal best of 6.92 to qualify second. In the hurdles, Scott and sophomore Briar Pierce (Crossville, Tenn.) earned spots in the finals, with Scott coming in at 8.57 to qualify fourth overall and Pierce setting an 8.82 clip to earn the eighth and final spot.
ETSU’s men’s distance medley relay team of Adam Chase (Kingsport, Tenn.), Trey Johnson (Meadowview, Va.), Ryan Jones (Apopka, Fla.) and Filip Jalovy (Modrice, Czech Republic) brought in six points by finishing third with a time of 10:20.01.
The men took more points in the field events starting with second, sixth and seventh place finishes in the long jump. Short earned second in the event with a 7.27m leap, Scott took sixth at 6.63m and Lockhart earned seventh with a mark of 6.59m. Even though the three combined for 13 points, Sunquist thought some points were left on the table.
“From a team standpoint, our men’s long jump was really disappointing,” Sunquist commented. “We’ll need them to show up a lot better in the triple jump tomorrow to make up some ground we let get by us today.”
The shot put moved the men up the leader board, as Cornell Sneed (Miami, Fla.), Justin Burton (Bastian, Va.) and Justin Harris (Johnson City Tenn.) combined for 11 ETSU points. Sneed tied his personal best set in last year’s A-Sun Championship of 15.05m to take fourth, Burton took fifth with a 15.01m toss and Harris launched by his personal best set at this year’s Niswonger Invitational with a 12.78m hurl to take seventh.
Day two of the A-Sun Indoor Championships begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with the conclusion of the men's heptathlon. Live results and entry lists for day two can be found at cfpitiming.com.
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