ETSU wraps up first outdoor meet of 2012 season with two school records
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 18, 2012) – Freshmen K’Vonte Scott (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Demetria Edgecombe (Spartanburg, S.C.) each broke school records as the ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams completed a successful opening meet to the 2012 outdoor season on Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center in the 49er Classic.
Scott – who set the ETSU heptathlon record during the indoor season – set seven personal bests in the decathlon on his way to a score of 6,618 to break the ETSU record in the event. Scott’s seven personal bests came in the 100m (11.34), 1500m (4:48.31), 110m hurdles (15.51), high jump (2.01m), shot put (12.23m) discus throw (31.95m) and javelin throw (39.41m). Scott’s decathlon performance also qualified the freshman for the USATF Junior Nationals.
Egdecombe took second place in the 100m hurdles and, in doing so, set the ETSU record in the event with a time of 14.12. The Spartanburg, S.C., native earned the fourth best qualifying time on Friday at 14.16 before taking the silver with her school-record performance in the finals on Saturday.
Additionally, the ETSU men and women combined for 20 top-10 and 11 top-five finishes throughout the three-day event, including Taylor Story’s (Germantown, Tenn.) silver medal performance in the women’s heptathlon. Story finished the event with a personal best point total of 4,202, and set individual marks in the javelin (22.82m), 200m (25.14) and 100m hurdles (16.12) along the way.
“It was a great first meet for our team,” ETSU assistant coach Eli Sunquist said. “We did very well in many areas considering this was the first time we were able to compete outdoors. As the season progresses, we hope our long throws, 4x100m and distance hurdles are able to get more comfortable in the outdoor setting.”
In the sprints, Ifrish Alberg (Paramaribo, Suriname) took third in the men’s 100m dash with a 10.57 mark in the finals after running the event in 10.61 during the preliminaries. Junior Tim O’Dell (Palm Coast, Fla.) also earned a top-10 in the sprints with a ninth-place mark of 48.17 in the men’s 400m.
The women’s half of the sprints was highlighted by Emani Harrison (Columbia, S.C.) who took the gold in the 200m with a time of 24.85 in the finals. Harrison actually ran faster in the prelims with a time of 24.81 for the sixth-best qualifying time. The Columbia, S.C., native also earned a top-10 finish in the 100m dash, falling one spot short out of the qualifying group for the finals at 12.03.
Freshman Karissa Bertling (New Port Richey, Fla.) shared some of Harrison’s success in the 200m by taking fourth place in the finals at 25.34. Like Harrison, Bertling’s time in the prelims was also faster at 24.83 to qualify her seventh for the finals. The freshman also earned a personal best in the 400m with a time of 58.33.
Also in the women’s 400m was senior Anja Claussnitzer (Chemnitz, Germany) who took eighth place with a personal best time of 57.48.
The 400m hurdles saw freshman Nicole Alexander (Rock Hill, S.C.) earn a spot in the finals with a time of 1:04.67 in the prelims. In the finals, Alexander ran at a 1:03.68 clip to set a personal best and finish the event with a top-five in fourth place.
In the distance events, Anders Ludvigsen (Odense, Denmark) set a personal best in the 5000m and earned a top-five finish with a time of 14:57.07. The mark surpassed Ludvigsen’s best indoor time by over 15 seconds.
ETSU earned two top 10s in the 3000m run with Adam Chase (Kingsport, Tenn.) taking eight place and Landon Milhorn (The Woodlands, Texas) earning fifth. Chase came in with a time of 9:15.33, while Milhorn managed to complete the event in under nine minutes at 8:58.75.
Meanwhile, freshman Filip Jalovy (Modrice, Czech Republic) took multiple top-10s, earning sixth in the 1500m and 10th in the 800m with times of 3:55.52 and 1:53.42, respectively. Jalovy’s 1500m time was the freshman’s personal best.
ETSU took advantage of the men’s and women’s 3000m steeplechase as well with a fourth, seventh and eighth place performances. Sean Duffy (Jonesborough, Tenn.) earned the seventh position in the men’s 3000m steeplechase with a personal best time of 9:56.30, while Ben Ronoh (Sotik, Kenya) captured eighth in the event with a mark of 9:57.27. Chelsea Clark (Fairmont, W. Va.) placed one spot off the podium in the women’s side of the event, finishing with a time of 11:52.23.
The Bucs continued to press on with top finishes in the field events as well.
Senior Cornell Sneed (Miami, Fla.) snuck inside the top 10 in the men’s shot put with a 15.04m launch for 10th place. The senior thrower – who was named to the A-Sun Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Conference Team earlier this year – also managed a personal best in the hammer throw at 39.31m. Junior Jasmine Foster (Johnson City, Tenn.) – another member of the A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team – earned a top 10 in the women’s shot put with a sixth-place toss of 13.00m even.
ETSU did not let down in the jumps either. Freshman Jadon Short (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) earned his top-five finish in the long jump with a distance of 6.99m. This year’s A-Sun Indoor Track and Field Championships’ Most Outstanding Freshman and Most Outstanding Male Performer also did some running with personal bests in the 100m (10.88) and 200m (21.92). Michael Lockhart (Nassau, Bahamas) joined Short in the upper percentile of the long jump with a seventh-place finish of 6.83m. Like Short, Lockhart competed in some sprints as well and set a personal best in the 100m with a time of 11.33.
Sophomore Lexie Burley (Johnson City, Tenn.) did well in the women’s half of the long jump, taking ninth place with a distance of 5.49m. Burley’s better performance came in the triple jump where she earned the silver at 11.76m. Fellow classmate Scotti Sampair (Forest Lake, Minn.) also earned a top 10 in the triple jump by leaping 10.62m.
Stephond Allmond (Memphis, Tenn.) took eight place in the men’s triple jump after compiling a personal best distance of 13.89m, while freshman Marek Navratil (Olomouc, Czech Republic) took third in the men’s high jump by tying his personal best in the event after clearing 2.05m.
The Bucs’ women’s 4x100m relay team of Harrison, Bertling, Edgecombe and Hannah Bowers (Jonesborough, Tenn.) also earned a top finish with a third-place performance.
The ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams will look continue their success from the 49er Classic next weekend, when they travel to Athens, Ga. for the Georgia Relays on Friday and Saturday.
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