CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 19, 2016) – The ETSU Outdoor Track and Field program wrapped up it's first meet of the outdoor season on Saturday as the Buccaneers put together a strong performance in day three of the 49er Classic.
During the three day meet the Buccaneers had two event winners to go along with seven top ten finishes.
We had a solid first meet at the Charlotte 49ers classic. We had two wins with Ashley Kessler winning the pole vault and Thomas miller returning from a winter injury to win the 800 meter race," said track and field/cross country director George Watts. "Nathan Rivera had a good meet as he showed solid improvement in the hurdles and javelin as he begins to prepare for the decathlon."
For the second straight day ETSU had a first place finisher as senior Thomas Miller (Lithonia, Ga.) won the 800 meter final with a time of 1:52.24, edging the second place finisher by just .51 seconds.
It's the second victory for the Bucs this weekend as senior Ashley Kessler (Knoxville, Tenn.) won the women's pole vault on Friday.
Junior Sahara Fletcher (College Park, Ga.) recorded a top 15 finish, placing 12th out of 100 runners in the 800 meter final with a time of 2:17.23. Fletcher was the highest-placed Southern Conference runner in the final.
On the men's side, junior Matthew Moore (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) placed fifth with a time of 10.68 in the 100 meter final on Saturday at the 49'er Classic. On Friday, Moore won his preliminary heat with a personal best time of 10.66.
In field events, freshman Jordan Scott (Friendsville, Tenn.) compiled a top ten finish in the high jump, clearing the mark of 1.95 meters on his third attempt. For Scott, it's the fourth top ten finish of his career, recording three top ten finishes during the indoor season.
After recording a personal best throw in the Javelin on Friday, junior Nathan Rivera (Knoxville, Tenn.) backed up his strong weekend performance by placing in the top ten in the men's pole vault with a personal best vault of 3.85 meters.
Both the men and women programs will be back in action next weekend when they head to the Raleigh Relays and Yellow Jacket Invitational. Each meet runs through Friday March, 25 to Saturday, March 26.
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