JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 1, 2017) – After competing in two meets in the indoor season, the ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams will return to Johnson City to host the three day Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational starting on February 2 inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams had a successful meet at Virginia Tech two weeks ago where the Bucs produced one first place finish, two top-5 finishes and ten top-10 finishes at the Hokie Invitational.
Simeon Roberts (Greenville, Tenn.) claimed the lone first place finish in Blacksburg as the junior earned the top spot in the men’s 3000m final. He crossed the line with an 8:26.65 mark. The Greeneville, Tenn. native has earned two first place awards this season including one at the ETSU Track and Field Invitational.
Matthew Moore (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) was competitive at Virginia Tech when he earned the first qualifier for the Blue and Gold at the meet. He finished in seventh in the prelims in the 60m dash, and he improved to sixth place in the finals with a time of 6.85.
In her first year at ETSU, Katrina Seymour (New Providence, Bahamas) has been turning heads on the track. At the Hokie Invitational, she finished in fourth place and just half a second behind second place in the 400m. She carried that momentum as she worked her way into the top-10 in the women’s 200m. She clocked in at 24.62, which was just 0.28 seconds away from tying second place.
The Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational begins on Thursday, February 2 with the pentathlon at noon and the heptathlon at 1 p.m.
ETSU will be playing host to 36 different schools. Of those schools, three are Southern Conference rivals: Western Carolina, Samford and The Citadel.
Director of Track and Field/Cross Country George Watts: "Once again we have a great opportunity to elevate our performances as we host the Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational this February 2-4. We start off the meet with the Heptathlon and Pentathlon. Nathan Rivera has a chance to put up a conference leading mark in the Hep, and Marabeth Clark and Kiara Price look to get their names on the conference list in the Pentathlon. The rest of the squad will be looking to improve their performances as we get closer to the Southern Conference Championships to be held here at ETSU on February 25-26. We continue to be somewhat plagued with illnesses that we can't seem to shake. As a safety measure, we will hold out several individuals and hope they will be ready to go next week."
"Both teams have a toughness about them, and the talent goes a long way. I believe we can have a fair amount of success this season and beyond. The goal is to be at 100 percent once we get to conference time. We are making nice progress and need to continue that trend this weekend."
"We will continue our tradition of recognizing our seniors this weekend and honor them for the many great things they have done academically and athletically for ETSU and the Track and Field Bucs."
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