ETSU features two event wins and multiple qualifiers
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 6, 2015) – In its second home meet in less than a month, the ETSU track & field program performed well on its home turf on the first day of the 2015 Buccaneer Invitational on Friday inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center on David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field.
Highlighted among the Bucs’ performances were winning the distance medley relay on both the men’s and women’s sides as well as featuring the men’s heptathlon leader, the women’s pole vault runner-up, and having strong performances in men’s and women’s sprints qualifying events.
The team of Lisa Pallotta (Leesburg, Va.), Nicki Smith (Urbandale, Iowa), Carolyn Hinch (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Katie Hirko (Oley, Pa.) turned in an impressive showing in the women’s distance medley relay with a time of 12:15.05. This was the top time out of 17 squads and was just ahead of College of Charleston in second with a 12:15.68 time. For the men, the quartet of Matt Joyner (Jackson, Tenn.), Jonathan Foote (Bristol, Tenn.), Thomas Miller (Lithonia, Ga.) and Haydn Borghetti-Metz (Rogersville, Tenn.), too, raced to a first-place time with a finish of 10:18.00. This time blazed past the field of competition which featured 13 total teams and was six seconds better than Emory in second place.
Freshman Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) was equally as impressive in the men’s heptathlon with a current first-place score of 2927 following Friday’s four events. The first-year multi-athlete placed first in the long jump with a leap of 6.89 meters and in the shot put with a toss of 13.66 meters. Sophomore Nathan Rivera (Knoxville, Tenn.) is also a participant in the heptathlon and has a present score of 2687 which places him fifth.
In the women’s pole vault, sophomore Ashley Kessler (Knoxville, Tenn.) placed runner-up with a school-record tying mark of 3.80 meters. The sophomore shared the same high mark with event winner Devyn Ressler of Western Carolina who cleared the bar on her first attempt at that height.
The Blue & Gold continued to have successes in sprints events with multiple student-athletes qualifying for further competition on Saturday. Junior sprinter Keturah Williams (Alpharetta, Ga.) continued her momentum with a first-place time of 24.69 in the women’s 200-meter dash prelims as well as second and third place times in the 60-meter dash prelims and semifinals with times of 7.57 and 7.64 respectively. Also on the women’s side, freshman Aubree Collins (Atlanta, Ga.) snuck into the top eight in the 400 meter in seventh place with a 58.43 time.
For the men’s sprinters, sophomore Matt Moore (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) raced to personal-best times of 6.88 and 6.85 in the 60-meter dash prelims and semifinals to move on to tomorrow’s final. Fellow sophomore Mike Williams (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) registered a qualifying time in the 400 meter with an indoor personal-best race of 49.48 to finish runner-up.
Action will pick back up on Saturday morning with the women’s long jump at 8:30 and end with the 4x400-meter relays at 5 and 5:30 p.m.
Live results will be available throughout the meet at TandFLive.com. Results and recaps can be found at the end of each day by logging onto ETSUBucs.com. Tickets will be available for purchase on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for $5 on the second level on the west side of the Dome. Parking will be available for fans on campus in Lot 22 - A.
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