Total four top-three event finishes on meet’s final day
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 17, 2015) – After solid showings on day one, the ETSU track & field program picked up where it left on Saturday with four top-three event finishes on the final day of the 2015 ETSU Track & Field Invitational inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center.
For the second consecutive day, the Bucs got off to a solid start. In one of the first events of the day, freshman distance runner Sarah Zimmer (Knoxville, Tenn.) took first place in the unseeded women’s 3000 meter run with a time of 10:56.09. The race featured only one section and was a field of competition featuring 29 total runners.
Later, around noon, sophomore Brett Squibbs (Rock Hill, S.C.) continued to be a force in the pole vault. Competing against approximately 15 other vaulters, Squibbs cleared a 4.85 meters bar to take the event title. The ETSU sophomore edged out Kennesaw State’s Joshua Mulder in second place who registered a 4.75 meters clearance.
After taking the top spot in the women’s 60 meter hurdle preliminaries yesterday, senior hurdler Dede Edgecombe (Spartanburg, S.C.) squared off against a cast of four other competitors in Saturday’s event final. In the race, the senior raced to a first-place 8.45 time and was trailed in second place by North Carolina A&T’s Morgan Knight with a time of 8.60.
During the early evening, five ETSU distance runners raced in the men’s 3000 meter invitational. Pacing the pack for the Bucs was junior Angus Baldwin (Tumbi Umbi, Australia) who finished third overall, but first among collegiate competitors in the race, with a personal-best time of 8:34.96. Unattached Adam Freudenthal finished runner up with an 8:19.44 time, while Matthew Elliott of Brooks – one of the top distance runners in the country -- placed first with a time of 8:11.49.
The ETSU track & field program will be back in action next weekend, Jan. 23 and 24, at the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, Virginia.
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