JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 21, 2016) – For the second time during the outdoor season the ETSU Track and Field program will head to Atlanta, Ga. to take part in the Georgia Tech Invitational, April 22-23.
The meet kicks off Friday at 11:00 a.m. with the men's hammer throw, followed by the women's hammer throw. The first track event begins later in the afternoon at 5:00 p.m. with the women's 100 meter hurdle prelims. The Georgia Tech Invitational is held on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology at George C. Griffin Track.
"Although we are taking a limited number of athletes to the Georgia Tech Invitational, I hope for some quality performances," said track and field director George Watts. "We have two weekends of competition left before the conference championship and our one big goal is to add to the list of NCAA East Regional qualifiers."
It will be the second time ETSU has traveled to Atlanta, Ga. as earlier in the season the Bucs competed in split squad competition at the Yellow Jacket Invitational.
Last weekend was a successful one for the Buccaneers at the Benyon Sports Catamount Classic as the men's team finished second while the women placed sixth. The weekend started off strong in Cullowhee as ETSU placed eight in the top ten and four in the top five on day one.
On day two, the Blue and Gold dominated as the men's 4x100m relay team, Simeon Roberts (3000m steeplechase), Matthew Moore (100m), Brett Squibbs (pole vault) and Nicki Smith (400mH) each recorded victories.
Three Bucs rank first in the SoCon as Moore has the fastest time in the 100 meter dash at 10.66. Mike Williams (Mt.Laurel, N.J.) has the fastest time in the 400m hurdles at 51.91 while Ashley Kessler (Knoxville, Tenn.) has the highest mark in women's pole vault at 12' 5.5".
In the NCAA East Region, three Bucs rank in the top 50 as Kyra Atkins has the 32nd fastest time in the women's 100m hurdles at 13.58. Williams has the 17th fastest time in the east region in the 400mH with a time of 51.91. In the field, Squibbs ranks 45th with a mark of 16' 4.75". The top 48 in the region, automatically qualify for the NCAA East Preliminaries, May 26-28.
"Kyra Atkins and Mike Williams are our likely qualifiers, but we have a few more knocking on the door," said Watts. "We have three more meets to increase those numbers."