ETSU’s first appearance in league meet since 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 24, 2015) – The ETSU track & field program will compete this weekend, Saturday – Sunday, at the 2015 Southern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Samford University at the Samford Track and Soccer Stadium.
The men’s championship is the 91st annual, while on the women’s side it is the 29th. Competition in this weekend’s meet will mark ETSU’s first time competing in the SoCon Outdoor Championships since 2005 in its last season in the conference before joining the Atlantic Sun for a decade.
The championships will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. with the women’s 10,000-meter run, followed by the men’s hammer throw at 8:30 a.m. The final event on day one will take place at 6 p.m. with the men’s pole vault. Action will resume at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning with the final five events in the men’s decathlon. The championship will conclude with the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening.
Entering competition, both the men’s and women’s ETSU squads rank third in their respective conference power rankings. The rankings are determined by the top-eight times or scores that are reported by the schools for each event that will be conducted at this weekend’s championships.
Men's Outdoor Track and Field Power Rankings
Western Carolina - 259 pts.
Samford - 198
ETSU - 95.5
VMI - 83
The Citadel - 74.5
Furman - 65
Chattanooga - 11
Wofford - 6
UNCG - 0
Women's Outdoor Track and Field Power Rankings
Western Carolina - 303 pts.
Samford - 166.5
ETSU - 96.5
Furman - 70
VMI - 54
Chattanooga - 46
The Citadel - 41
Mercer - 15
Wofford - 6
UNCG – 4
On the men’s side, the Bucs rank among the top three in the league in six separate events including sophomore Mike Williams (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) as tops in the 400-meter hurdles (52.45) and fellow sophomore Nathan Rivera (Knoxville, Tenn.) with the best score in the decathlon (6330).
For the ETSU women, six student-athletes, too, stand in the SoCon top three in different events including three Buccaneers with the league’s top score in respective events. In the 100-meter hurdles, junior Keturah Williams (Alpharetta, Ga.) holds a conference-best time of 11.60, while senior school-record holder Dede Edgecombe (Spartanburg, S.C.) paces the field in the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.35 time. In addition, junior Verena Tobis (Dusslingen, Germany) is the SoCon’s top mark getter in the javelin (44.73 meters).
Comments from ETSU Director of Track & Field George Watts
"We will have quite a battle on our hands this weekend. Our goal is to be top three in both the men's and women's meets. We have several seniors competing in their last collegiate championship and we wish them well."
"Dede Edgecombe leads the way and is being asked to carry a big load. She is entered in her specialty the 100-meter hurdles where she is a strong favorite. Edgecombe will also contest in the 100m, 200m, and run a leg of the 4x100-meter relay. The other seniors on the women's side are school-record holders Nicole Alexander in the 400-meter hurdles and Verena Tobis in the discus. Alexander will also run the 100-meter hurdles , 4x100m relay, triple jump and possibly the 4x400-meter relay. Tobis is a favorite in the javelin and a potential top three in the discus."
"Our senior men include previous conference champions Adam Chase (steeplechase and 5k), Filip Jalovy (1500m and 800m), along with Chris Winkle in the pole vault, Spencer Keck and Blake Isom in the throws, and James Miller (steeplechase and 5k). All of these men are ready to score points for the Bucs this weekend."
"The bottom line is that we need to be competitive, make finals, and elevate our performance throughout the meet."
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