Track and Field begins final tune-up before SoCon Championships
Track and Field begins final tune-up before SoCon Championships
Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Bucs will head to Cullowhee, N.C. and Athens, Ga. this weekend

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 28, 2016) – In the final tune-up before the Southern Conference Championships the ETSU track and field program will compete in two meets this weekend in Cullowhee, N.C. and Athens, Ga. 
"This is a very important weekend as it is the final tune up before our conference championships," said director of track and field George Watts. "I am looking for some improvements from the team as well as fine tuning the technical side of things." 
The Buccaneers on Friday, April 29 will participate in the Western Carolina Invitational in Cullowhee, N.C. on the campus of Western Carolina University at the Catamount Athletic Complex.  It's the second time this season ETSU has raced on the track that will host the SoCon Championships. The meet begins at 1:30 p.m. in the field with the women's javelin. The first track event is at 4:00 p.m. with the women's 4x100 meter relay. 
On Saturday, April 30 the Bucs will head to Athens, Ga., to take part in the Georgia Invitational held on the campus of the University of Georgia at Spec Towns Track. The meet will get started on the track at 9:30 a.m. with the women's 5000 meter. The first field event begins shortly after at 10:00 a.m. with the women's hammer throw. 
"The bulk of the team will compete in the Western Carolina invitational on Friday and five men will compete on Saturday in the Georgia invitational," said Watts. 
"We will have two of our football players, Hank Blank and Jajuan Stinson competing in the 100m dash and I have high hopes they will be able to help us in the future." 
At the Georgia Tech Invitational last weekend, the Bucs saw senior Ashley Kessler (Knoxville, Tenn.) come away victorious for the second time this season in pole vault with a season best mark of 3.90 meters. 
Junior Mike Williams (Mt.Laurel, N.J.) shined in the 400 meter hurdles, recording a collegiate best time of 51.27 to finish fourth. Williams time ranks as the 10th fastest time in the NCAA East Region and 24th fastest in the nation. 
In the Southern Conference, the Blue and Gold have 27 athletes ranked in the top five which is the third most within the conference. Only Western Carolina and Samford have more ranked in the top five. 
The track and field program will get a weekend off before heading the 2016 Southern Conference Championships on May 12-13 in Cullowhee, N.C., hosted by Western Carolina University. 
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