JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 24, 2017) – After competing in four meets this indoor season, the ETSU men’s and women’s track and field programs are ready to host its third meet of the year with the Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships coming to Johnson City.
The championships begin on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8:30 a.m. inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center and conclude on Sunday, Feb. 26.
"We are looking forward to finally hosting and competing in the Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. We are ready to have our best meet of the season. Hopefully we will respond like we are capable of doing," said director of Track & Field/Cross Country George Watts.
About the Bucs
With two weeks off and plenty of rest to recover, the Bucs look to return fresh for the SoCon Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Three Buccaneers have won athlete of the week honors between the men’s and women’s teams. Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) won the first honor this season as she won the 60m hurdles finals at the ETSU Track and Field Invitational. Matt Moore (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) and Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) each took home athlete of the week honors this season as well. Moore clocked the fastest time in the SoCon this season in the 60m while Johnson currently leads all male weight throw competitors with an 18.91m heave. The closest to Johnson this season was 1.04m behind him.
Katrina Seymour (New Providence, Bahamas) set records two weeks ago at the Music City Challenge. The senior finished fifth in the women’s 400m but set an ETSU program record with a 54.70 time in the event. She also leads all SoCon runners in the women’s 60m dash (7.59) and 200m (24.62). Kiana Davis (Ooletwah, Tenn.) has been impressive this season as well. She posted the second-best 60m time (7.66) this season in the SoCon, and she also is sixth in the SoCon in 200m with a time of 25.16.
On the men’s side, Michael Williams (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) has been dominant in track events as he posted the second-fastest time in the men’s 60mH this year in the SoCon (8.16). He is also third in 400m with 49.26 and fifth in the 200m (22.30) in the conference. Brett Squibbs (Rock Hill, S.C.) posted the second highest vault this season in the SoCon. He made a mark of 5.15m at the Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational.
As a team, ETSU has been dominant in both the distance medleys and 4x400m for both men and women this season. In the SoCon, the men have the fastest time with a 10:12.04 time, and the women are second at 12:25.20. Both the men and women are second in the conference with the women posting a 3:50.09 time and the men with a 3:18.00 mark.
About the meet
This is the 17th time ETSU has hosted the annual meet including 14 times since women’s indoor track and field was added to the SoCon in 1988. The first time ETSU hosted the event was in 1982, and the most recent time was in 2005.
The 2017 championship will mark the 81st annual event for the men and 30th for the women’s in SoCon history.
The ETSU men’s team has won two SoCon Championships in its history while VMI leads the league with 16 total men’s titles. The ETSU women’s team has claimed one title and Western Carolina leads the league with nine titles.
The meet is being held inside the ETSU/MASHA Athletic Center on the campus of ETSU.
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