CLEMSON, S.C. (May 5, 2012) – Freshman Marek Navratil (Olomouc, Czech Republic) cleared a career-best height of 2.09m to take first place in the men’s high jump and highlight the ETSU track and field program’s outing on Saturday at the Bob Pollock Invitational hosted by Clemson University at the Rock Norman Track and Field Complex.
Navratil cleared each bar leading up to the winning mark on his first attempts, and was one of just three to face a height of 2.09m. Again, Navratil cleared on his first attempt while Clemson’s Torian Ware and Appalachian State’s Darius Purcell could not through all three of their respective tries. The freshman then took his shot at 2.12m – which would have put him among the top 48 who qualify for the NCAA’s – but could not get over the mark on any of his three efforts.
“We had an excellent showing,” ETSU assistant coach Eli Sunquist said. “We’re looking to qualify as many to the NCAA first round as possible. Marek’s [Navratil] high jump and Jadon’s [Short] long jump got them very close in their respective events. We still have others that can qualify next weekend as we’ll split them up between the Georgia Tech and Clemson meets.”
Jadon Short (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) set his personal best in the long jump at 7.41m, crushing his previous season-best of 7.17m and putting him just .09m away from the NCAA’s current qualifying distance.
The rest of the ETSU men’s and women’s teams earned a multitude of top five and top 10 finishes in what was the Bucs’ first meet since the Atlantic Sun Outdoor Championships two weeks ago.
On the men’s side, Ifrish Alberg (Paramaribo, Suriname) set a personal best in the 100m dash, crossing the finish in 10.35 and taking ninth place. Junior Tim O’Dell (Palm Coast, Fla.) continued the Bucs’ success in the dashes, earning fourth place in the 400m with a time of 47.96.
The distance events saw a number of top finishes as well, starting with freshman Filip Jalovy (Modrice, Czech Republic) and sophomore Desmond Pierce (Morristown, Tenn.) taking sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 800m. Both Jalovy’s and Pierce’s performances were personal bests, with Jalovy running at a 1:51.82 clip and Pierce just behind at 1:52.35
More of ETSU’s young talent stood out in the distance events, as freshmen Anders Ludvigsen (Odense, Denmark) and Adam Chase (Kingsport, Tenn.) took third and fourth in the 5000m, while sophomore Sean Duffy (Jonesborough, Tenn.) finished the event in fifth. Chase’s time of 15:53.10 was a personal best.
Also performing well in the distance runs was junior Landon Milhorn (The Woodlands, Texas), who took seventh in the 1500m with a season-best time of 4:03.85.
On the hurdles side of the distance events, Trey Johnson (Meadowview, Va.) earned 10th in the 400m with a time of 56.35.
Along with Short’s performance in the long jump, the Bucs enjoyed a lot of success in the field events. Staying with the jumps, Jason Johnson (Philadelphia, Pa.) earned a top five in the triple jump with a combined distance of 15.00m.
Senior Cornell Sneed (Miami, Fla.) and freshman Sebastian Dietl (Grobwallstadt, Germany) each earned two top 10’s in the throws. Sneed finished seventh in both the shot put (14.98m) and discus throw (43.79m), while Dietl took eighth in the shot (14.26m) and ninth in the discus (41.71m).
The women’s team earned its best finish from Chelsea Clark (Fairmont, W.V.), who outdueled Clemson’s unattached Sara Manesiotis in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 11:39.39. The two athletes were the only participants in the event.
Senior Anja Claussnitzer (Chemnitz, Germany) earned silver in the 800m run, finishing in 2:08.28 which set a personal best and was less than a second behind Western Carolina’s Jocelyn Keen’s winning time.
In the sprints, sophomores Emani Harrison (Columbia, S.C.) and Taylor Story (Germantown, Tenn.) earned third and fifth, respectively, in the 100m dash. Harrison clocked in at 11.72 to tie her personal best, and Story crossed the line in 11.80 to set her personal mark. Harrison also took seventh in the 200m dash, breaking her personal time with a mark of 24.24.
The hurdles portion of the sprints saw freshman Demetria Edgecombe (Spartanburg, S.C.) take seventh with a time of 13.92, while the 400m hurdles witnessed another freshman in Nicole Alexander (Rock Hill, S.C.) take 10th at 1:03.40.
In the field events, Story earned another fifth-place performance by setting a distance of 5.84m in the long jump. The mark sets a new career best for the sophomore, beating out her previous high by .02m.
In the triple jump, sophomore Lexie Burley (Johnson City, Tenn.) saved her best effort of the day for her last attempt by leaping 12.19m to take fourth place. Junior Kelly Monteleone (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took seventh with a jump of 11.40m.
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