Track and Field gears up for SoCon Championships
Track and Field gears up for SoCon Championships
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Bucs visit Cullowhee, N.C. for the third time this season for the 2016 SoCon Championships

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 11, 2016) – The ETSU Track and Field program will visit Cullowhee, N.C. for the third time this season for the 2016 Southern Conference Outdoor Championships hosted by Western Carolina University,  May 12-13. 

The two-day meet begins on Thursday and is hosted on the campus of Western Carolina University at the Catamount Athletic Complex. It is the third time ETSU has competed in Cullowhee this season, participating in the Catamount Classic and Western Carolina Invitational. 

The first event is on the track as the men's 10,000 meter final begins at 8:30 a.m on Thursday.  The first field event begins at approximately 10:30 a.m. with the men's hammer throw. On Friday competition gets started at 9:00 a.m. with the decathlon. The first field event is at 1:00 p.m. with the men's shot put final. 

What's New
It has been two weeks since the Bucs last competed at both the Western Carolina Invitational and Georgia Invitational. At the WCU Invite the Blue and Gold recorded seven event victories as sophomore Macy Carrier (Bluff City, Tenn.) had two personal bests in the 100 meter hurdles and 1500 meter. 
At the Georgia Invitational, the Bucs had just four competitors but earned two event victories as senior Thomas Miller (Lithonia, Ga.) won the 800 meter and junior Michael Williams (Mt.Laurel, N.J.) won the 400 meter hurdles. 

Last year at the SoCon Championships
Hosted by Samford University last season, the men's program finished third out of nine teams while the women finished third out of ten teams.The men's program will look for their first conference title since 2012 when apart of the Atlantic Sun. The women look for their first conference championship since 1996. 

Looking for Back-to-Back
Junior Michael Williams (Mt.Laurel, N.J.) and senior Ashley Kessler (Knoxville, Tenn.) both look to defend their conference titles from last season. Williams looks for back-to-back conference championships in the 400 meter hurdles while Kessler looks for her second pole vault championship. 

Where they rank in the SoCon
Junior Matthew Moore (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) ranks first in the SoCon in the 100 meter with a time of 10.66. Moore accomplished the collegiate best time at the Charlotte 49er Classic earlier this season. Michael Williams ranks first in the SoCon and 13th in the NCAA East Region in the 400mH with a time of 51.27. 
On the women's side, the Bucs have four in the top five within the SoCon with senior Ashley Kessler (Knoxville, Tenn.) leading the conference in pole vault with a mark of 12' 9.5". Ranking second in the 100 meter hurdles is freshman Kyra Atkins (Greer,S.C.) with a time of 13.58. Atkins time has her ranked 40th in the NCAA East Region. 
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