Roberts claims first place; Moore qualifies in 60m at the Hokie Invitational
Roberts claims first place; Moore qualifies in 60m at the Hokie Invitational
Friday, January 20, 2017

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Jan. 20, 2017)Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tenn.) led the ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams at the Hokie Invitational as he finished in first place in the mile run, while Matthew Moore (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) qualified for the 60m finals in Blacksburg, Va.

Highlights of Day One

  • To start the track events for ETSU, Kaitlyn Lay (Knoxville, Tenn.) had the best finish in a competitive field. The Knoxville, Tenn. native placed 17th in the women’s one-mile run with a time of 5:20.42. The top-5 runners of the women’s one mile were within 1.5 seconds of each other, and North Carolina State had four runners place in the top-5.
  • Lamisha Simmons (Dania Beach, Fla.) nearly made the cut in the women’s 60m hurdles. She finished 13 out of 29 runners and was clocked at 8.84.
  • ETSU had its first qualifier of the day in the men’s 60m prelims as Moore placed seventh. He crossed the finish line with a time of 6.86. Under an hour later, the Oak Ridge, Tenn. native competed in the finals of the 60m and finished in sixth place.
  • After having success in the 800m in the ETSU Track and Field Invitational, Thomas Miller (Lithonia, Ga.) found success in another race: the men’s 600m. He finished third with a time of 1:19.78, which is a personal best. Teammate Harper Sigler (Bogart, Ga.) finished in fifth and just over a second behind Miller.
  • Benjamin Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) nearly cracked the top-5 in the men’s weighted throw. He finished in sixth with a throw of 17.06m, which crushed his personal best of 15.68m. Ryan Davis of East Carolina finished in fifth with a toss of 17.92m.
  • As the highlight of day one, Roberts claimed the top spot in the men’s 3000m final. He won the final with a time of 8:26.65, which was over a second faster than the runner behind him. This was Roberts’ second first place finish of the 2017 indoor season. He won first place in the men’s one-mile run last week in Johnson City.
  • To wrap up day one of the Hokie Invitational, Kiana Davis (Ooltewah, Tenn.) hustled into ninth place out of 28 runners in the women’s 300m. She finished the race at 39.99, which is a new personal best for the rookie.


“We had a very good day at the Hokie Invitational,” said Director of Track and Field/Cross Country George Watts. “We had a win by Simeon Roberts in the 3000m run and many, many personal bests. Also, we had several performances that should make its way onto the top-10 SoCon lists. Other highlights include a big throw by Ben Johnson in the weighted throw that should put him at the top of the SoCon list.”

“We have another busy day tomorrow, and I look forward to seeing how we respond. Most of our kids will be doubling back as it will prepare us for the conference championship.”

What to watch for tomorrow

  • ETSU will start its day at noon with four field events. A pair of Bucs will compete in the men’s shot put final. A lone Buccaneer will each compete in the women’s high jump, women’s long jump and men’s long jump.
  • To round out the field events for ETSU, Brett Squibbs (Rock Hill, S.C.) will compete in the men’s pole vault that begins at 1:30 p.m. Nathan Rivera (Knoxville, Tenn.) will look to claim the top spot in the men’s high jump that begins at 2 p.m.
  • The Bucs had great success in the 800m at the ETSU Track and Field Invitational last weekend. Six Bucs will compete in the two 800m events. The women’s 800m starts at 1:35 p.m., while the men follow at 1:45 p.m.
  • Also having success last weekend in the women’s 200m, Katrina Seymour (New Providence, Bahamas), Marabeth Clark (Maryville, Tenn.) and Starr Graham (Alpharetta, Ga.) look to build off that success at 1:55 pm.
  • Three men’s runners will compete in the 5000m. Skyler Winchester (Knoxville, Tenn.), James Garst (Jonesborough, Tenn.) and Soresa Mallick Genechu will begin their final on Saturday at 2:55 p.m.


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