ETSU Invitational to kick off track & field season this weekend
The Bucs will host the ETSU Track & Field Invitational on Friday and Saturday inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center.
ETSU Invitational to kick off track & field season this weekend
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Collegiate events to run from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Saturday

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 15, 2015) – The 2015 ETSU track & field season is set to get underway this weekend with the program hosting the ETSU Track & Field Invitational on Friday and Saturday inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center on David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field.

Previously known as the Niswonger Invitational, the meet will welcome teams from 30-plus regional schools for competition during the two days. Action will begin on Friday morning with the women’s 60 meter hurdle prelims and weight throw finals at 10 a.m. Throws, jumps, and sprints events will continue throughout the afternoon with the men’s and women’s 5000 meter runs wrapping things up for the day around 7:30 p.m.

Competition will pick back up on Saturday with a day chock-full of both track events and field events. Action will commence with the men’s and women’s 5000 meter runs around 8 a.m. and will continue throughout the morning with various distance events. Field events will begin at noon with the men’s long jump and pole vault finals, and will end at 4 p.m. with the women’s long jump finals. Running competition will start back up at 1:25 p.m. and will progress through the afternoon and early evening. As usual, action at the meet will close with the running of the men’s and women’s 4x400 meter relay around 7 p.m.

After a productive season last year, the ETSU track & field program will look to pick up where it left off in 2015. In its last go-round in the Atlantic Sun Conference, the ETSU men earned second-place finishes during both the indoor and outdoor seasons while the women posted a pair of third-place team standings at the conference meets. The Bucs will feature relatively young squads on both sides in 2015 and will look for the underclassmen to step up after numerous student-athletes earned all-conference honors and four advanced to the NCAA East Regionals last season.

Highlighted among the returnees is a trio that turned in impressive showings during the 2013-14 indoor season. Senior hurdler Dede Edgecombe (Spartanburg, S.C.) aims to build off of a solid year in the 60 meter hurdles where she broke her own school record in the event on multiple occasions. Another ETSU record holder, sophomore vaulter Brett Squibbs (Rock Hill, S.C.) hopes to continue the momentum after breaking the school record in the pole vault as a freshman during a stellar rookie campaign. Sophomore distance runner Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tenn.) also enjoyed a notable first season at ETSU with first-place finishes at the A-Sun Indoor Championships in the 3000 meter and mile runs.

Live results will be available throughout the meet at TandFLive.com. Recaps of ETSU’s performances can be found at the end of each day by logging onto ETSUBucs.com. Tickets can be purchased on the west side of the Dome upon entry for $5 each day. Parking will be available for fans on campus in Lot 22.       

For more information about ETSU track & field, please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the track & field links.

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