JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 25, 2018) – The ETSU track and field team will compete in its final home indoor meet next weekend, Feb. 2-3 inside the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletics Center.
With the final indoor meet, the ETSU track and field team will honor its seniors competing in their last home indoor meet. The honorees include eight female and seven male athletes who have contributed to the team’s success over the years.
This week, ETSU track and field will introduce its eight female athletes competing for the last time in home indoor action, while next week will honor the male athletes.
Meet the Athletes:
Macy Carrier – Long Distance – Bluff City, Tenn.
A four-year member of both the cross-country and track and field teams, Carrier has been a workhorse for the Bucs. She has competed in a total of 51 meets throughout her career. The senior from Bluff City, Tenn. set a school record in 2015 with an 11:12.35 time in the 3000m-steeplechase time at the SoCon Outdoor Championships. She currently holds this year’s top mark in the 3K, finishing fourth at the last indoor meet with a 10:30.73.
Coach’s Comments: “Macy has been the true definition of a student-athlete,” said ETSU head coach George Watts. “She is carrying a 4.0 GPA into her final semester and is having one of the best years of her running career. After starting out as a novice in the steeplechase, Macy became one of the all-time best in ETSU history while finishing runner up in the 2016 conference championship. Her leadership skills were magnified when she was voted team captain of this year’s cross-country team. Her calm demeanor and mentoring skills will be greatly missed.”
Marabeth Clark – Sprinter – Maryville, Tenn
As a four-year member of the track and field team, Clark has competed in 15 different events throughout her career and is one of the few athletes who have ran, thrown, hurdled and jumped for the Bucs in the same meet, doing so in the 2016 Southern Conference Outdoor Championships and the 2017 Southern Conference Indoor Championships. The multi-talented Clark has scored in four of her five conference appearances and has appeared in 27 total meets for the Blue and Gold.
Coach’s Comments: “Marabeth has been a team captain, a leader and organizer throughout her career at ETSU,” Watts said. “She’s loyal, dedicated and someone who can be counted on to perform at the highest level regardless of her fitness. Marabeth, as much as anyone, has a true understanding of the sport of track and field and the work ethic to get the most out of her ability. She’s never complained and is the epitome of what a coach looks for in an athlete. Like all of our seniors, she will go on to good things in her chosen career.”
Aubree Collins – 800m Specialist – Atlanta, Ga.
Collins enters her fourth year of competition for the Bucs, participating in 32 meets in her career thus far. Last season, Collins set two personal bests, posting a 600m time of 1:45.15 in Blacksburg, Va. and an 800m time of 2:19.82 in Birmingham, Ala. at the Southern Conference Outdoor Championships. This season, Collins was part of ETSU’s first place finish at the ETSU Track & Field Invitational women’s DMR event, contributing to a 12:19.05 time.
Coach’s Comments: “Aubree came to ETSU as a sprinter, but will finish her career as an 800 meter specialist,” Watts said. “She has been a valuable member of this team. Her success will be determined by how well she finishes academically and how much she improves athletically from last year. She was on the verge of making the 800 final in 2017 and has the talent to do so this year and make and contribute to the team score. Aubree has a good heart, and she will make an impact on many young people’s lives in the future.”
Timia Easley – Sprints/Jumps – Columbus, Ohio
Easley has competed in 30 events over her four-year career for ETSU, mostly specializing in jumps. Her most recent personal best was set last season at the Georgia Tech Invitational, doing so in the women’s 100m hurdles event with a 14.54 time. Perhaps her most impressive finish came in the 2015 SoCon Outdoor Championships, placing fourth and finishing first in her flight in the women’s triple jump with an 11.26m mark.
Coach’s Comments: “Timia has done an outstanding job during her career at ETSU,” Watts said. “She’s been a scorer in the long and triple jump on a regular basis and has developed into a conference threat in the short hurdles, as well. Timia is poised to save the best for last, and we expect her to accomplish big things this year. She is another one our fine students on the track and field team who will find success after college. Timia has also had the honor of being selected as one of the team captains for the 2018 year.”
Rebekah Fox – High Jump – Franklin, Tenn.
Fox has competed in 22 meets as a Buccaneer, all of which included the high jump event. The Franklin, Tenn. native set a personal best at the 2017 Southern Conference Indoor Championships at 1.65m and would later match that at this year’s ETSU Track & Field Invitational. Also, Fox has competed in the 60m and 400m events in her career with personal bests of 8.46 and 1:03.07, respectively.
Coach’s Comments: “Rebekah is a very unique student-athlete in that she will graduate in three years while also having success athletically,” Watts said. “Although we would love to have her back for a fourth year, she will move on to the next phase of her academic career. Rebekah excels in the high jump where she has become a consistent conference scorer. Her progress was slowed by surgery two years ago, but, thanks to her work ethic and patience, she is on the verge of having a big breakthrough this year. Along with being an excellent student, she has a wonderful singing voice as well.”
Kylie Rutherford – Long Distance – Lavalette, W. Va.
Over the course of her four-year career, Rutherford has competed in 25 meets for both the track and field and cross-country squads. Last year’s track and field season turned out to be one of Rutherford’s bests, finishing with two personal bests in the 800m (2:30.30) and the mile (5:22.37). The West Virginia native is the lone representative of her state on the ETSU track and field roster.
Coach’s Comments: “Kylie’s running success has primarily been during the cross-country seasons,” Watts said. “That’s where she has been a consistent contributor and scorer during her career. She has been hampered by injury during the track seasons, but to her credit has fought back through adversity due to her love for the sport. Her resiliency shows a level of maturity as she has continued to be an excellent student while battling tough times athletically. Kylie will move on to further success because of her determination, work ethic and will to succeed.”
Nicki Smith – Mid/Long Distance – Urbandale, Iowa
A fourth-year track and field middle and long distance specialist, Smith has competed in 35 meets for the Bucs thus far. Smith has two career victories, one as an individual and one with a distance medley relay team. Smith was part of the winning DMR team at the 2015 Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational and then later recorded her second career victory at the Benyon Sports Surfaces Catamount Classic in the 400mH with a time 1:03.01.
Coach’s Comments: “Nicki has been a great teammate and leader and is well respected by all,” Watts said. “She came to ETSU as a walk on and earned scholarship by performing on the track and in the classroom. Nicki has scored in every Southern Conference Track & Field Championship and has shown her versatility by being a scorer in cross country the last two years. She has been a great mentor to many students and athletes throughout her college career. Her team first attitude will make her very difficult to replace."
Emily Williams-McElroy – Long Distance – Bristol, Tenn.
A transfer from Tennessee, Williams-McElroy has competed for ETSU’s cross-country and track and field teams since 2014. This year, Williams-McElroy has the top mark in the 800m with a 2:16.24 time and part of a first place finish in the women’s DMR (12:19.05). Since joining the Bucs, she also set her collegiate best in the 5000M with a time of 17:20.69, trimming 30 seconds off her personal best from high school.
Coach’s Comments: “Emily is a talented runner and an excellent student who will become a great teacher and coach one day,” Watts said. “Her love of running is what gives her the motivation to compete at a high rate of success. Emily has the talent and ability to score in any event from the 800 to the 10K. Her journey has been a little different than the rest but the destination is the same. Emily, like all of our seniors will be a great ambassador for ETSU and the track and field program for years to come.”
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