CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 16, 2016) – For the sixth straight year the ETSU Track and Field Program will begin the outdoor season at the 49'er Classic in Charlotte, N.C. The meet will run from March 17 to March 19 at Irwin Belk Track & Field Center on the campus of the University of Charlotte.
"We look forward to opening up our outdoor season at the Charlotte 49'er Classic," said director of track & field/cross country George Watts. "This has been a good first meet for us over past four years and we will compete about 40 athletes during the two days of competition.
The meet will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the hepthathlon followed by the decathlon shortly after at noon. On Friday field events begin at 11:00 a.m with the women's hammer throw. The first running event will feature the women's 100mH prelims at 1:00 p.m.
On Saturday the action begins at 10:00 a.m. with the men's shot put and concludes at approximetly 4:55 p.m. with the men's 4x400m relay.
ETSU is coming off a successful indoor season with two top four finishes at the Southern Conference Championships. The women finished third at the SoCon Championships with a total score of 84.50. On the men's side, the Bucs finished fourth with 101 total points.
Heading into the outdoor the season the ETSU Track and Field program is predominately young as 41 of the 68 total student-athletes are underclassmen. One of the young stars for the Bucs is freshman Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) who during the indoor season earned SoCon Freshman of the Year.
"Several of those people will be competing since redshirting during the indoor season and should make a difference as we progress through the season," said Watts. "We've had some great conditions to train in over the last couple of weeks and hopefully the weather will cooperate this weekend."
Both the men and women will compete against two common SoCon opponents in Western Carolina and Wofford while the women also compete against conference foe Davidson.
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