Track & Field readies for the Catamount Classic
Track & Field readies for the Catamount Classic
Thursday, April 14, 2016

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 14, 2016) – The ETSU Track and Field program will get their first tune-up at the track that hosts the 2016 Southern Conference Championships when they head to Cullowhee, N.C. to take part in the Benyon Sports Catamount Classic, April 15-16. 

It's the second straight year the Bucs will compete at the Catamount Classic and fifth time in the last seven years. The event will be held on the campus of Western Carolina University at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

Last season, both the men and women placed in the top three as the men took home a second place finish while the women took third out of 12 teams. With 19 events scored on day two, the men totaled 97 points while the women scored 70 points.

On the final day of competition a year ago, the Blue and Gold recorded four events wins highlighted by ETSU sweeping the pole vault with senior Ashley Kessler (Knoxville, Tenn.) and junior Brett Squibbs (Rock Hill, S.C.). The Bucs also took the top three spots in the men's 800 meter run with senior Thomas Miller (Lithonia, Ga.) finishing first with a time of 1:53.48.

Day one of the Catamount Classic a season ago saw the women's team place three in the top 16 in javelin including a first place finish by Verena Tobis. Senior Tyesha Jones (Nashville, Tenn.) followed in 13th place while junior Adriana Watkins (Kingsport, Tenn.) was close behind in 16th.

ETSU has had nearly a week of rest after the App State Outdoor Open was cancelled last Friday. During that span the Bucs have accumulated multiple SoCon awards as junior Michael Williams (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) was named SoCon Track Athlete fo the Week while Kessler was named SoCon Field Athlete of the Month for March.

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