ETSU track and field gears up for VMI Team Challenge
ETSU track and field gears up for VMI Team Challenge
Friday, January 26, 2018

Bucs travel to Lexington, Va. for single-day track and field meet


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 26, 2018) – Coming off a two week hiatus, the ETSU track and field team will head to Lexington, Va. Saturday, Jan. 27 for the VMI Team Challenge meet.

Tomorrow’s challenge marks the second indoor meet of the season and the first time ETSU has competed outside of Johnson City in 2018. VMI’s Corps Physical Training Facility will be the sight of the meet, as well as this year’s Southern Conference Indoor Championships.

“We are looking forward to our meet this weekend having been idle since our home meet on the 12th and 13th,” said ETSU Director of Track and Field George Watts. “We have the extra-added incentive of competing on the track and field venue where our conference championship will be held.”

The Bucs claim 41 entries in this year’s meet, including 24 female athletes and 17 male athletes. Among the tomorrow’s competitors are three top individual finishers from the ETSU Track and Field Invitational: Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.), Symphony Buxton (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Lamisha Simmons (Hollywood, Fla.).

Furthermore, members of the winning men’s and women’s distance medley relay teams from two weeks ago will be competing in select events. Tomorrow’s DMR teams have yet to be determined.

“We have dual goals for the VMI Team Challenge meet this weekend,” Watts said. “The first is to improve on our previous meets performances. The second is to familiarize ourselves with the facility at VMI, not only on the track, but more importantly the field event venues.

“Overall, we should benefit greatly from making the trip, competing at the meet and getting familiar with the surroundings. We had a solid first meet and have followed that up with two good weeks of training.”

Watts mentioned a handful of athletes not traveling due to hindrances, but on the flip side, a few athletes would make their 2018 indoor season debuts at VMI.

“As always we will hold out a few athletes due to injury or sickness, but will also be competing some people who missed the first meet,” Watts said. “I especially look forward to seeing Karon Delince (Phenix City, Ala.) one of our dual sport athletes from football compete in his first college meet.”

Delince, a freshman who played in 10 football games this fall as a defensive back and return specialist, will compete in the men’s long jump. On the women’s side, making her season debut will be senior Timia Easley (Columbus, Ohio), who is penciled in for the 60m hurdles prelims Saturday morning.

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