Bucs turn in six top finishes; Johnson shatters more men’s weight records
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 13, 2018) – The ETSU track and field team earned six victories and a number of impressive performances in a successful meet at the VMI Team Challenge in Lexington, Va. Saturday.
For the second time this season, junior Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) made history in the men’s weight throw. His mark of 20.15m not only surpasses the school and personal record of 19.86m he set two weeks ago, but also sets a facility record at VMI’s Corps Physical Training Facility.
- Junior Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) finished first in the 60m hurdles prelims and finals, finishing with a time of 8.43 in the finals. Senior Timia Easley (Columbus, Ohio), who made her 2018 indoor season debut today, finished third with a time of 9.12.
- For the second meet in a row, freshman Symphony Buxton (Knoxville, Tenn.) topped the list in the women’s shot put with a 13.81m mark. This becomes her new personal best, shattering her previous college best of 13.00m at the ETSU Track and Field Invitational two weeks ago.
- Freshman Jessica Lord (Morristown, Tenn.) had two victories on the day. Her first came in the women’s 800m with a 2:16.66 time, giving the freshman her first collegiate top finish. Later, Lord and three others took first place in the women’s distance medley relay.
- In the aforementioned DMR, Lord, Emily Williams-McElroy (Bristol, Tenn.), Kaitlyn Lay (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Heather Feuchtenberger (Elizabethton, Tenn.) took first place with a time of 12:24.62.
- Rounding out the top finishers, senior Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tenn.) earned the win in the men’s 3000m with a time of 8:19.57.
More Highlights from Lexington
- Atkins, who finished first in the 60mH, also succeeded in the women’s long jump with a second place finish. She marked at 5.62m, one-tenth less than the victor at 5.63m.
- Atkins rounded out her “field day” on the track, earning second place overall in the women’s 200m. She won section one in the process, turning in a 24.91 time.
- Making his collegiate debut, freshman Karon Delince (Phenix City, Ala.) did not disappoint. Delince, along with two other athletes, surpassed a facility record in the men’s long jump. The dual-sport athlete finished second with a 7.20m mark.
- In the women’s mile, Williams-McElroy finished second with a 5:08.59 time. Lay took third place with a time of 5:10.86. Feuchtenberger rounded out the top half, earning fifth at 5:19.17.
- On the men’s side, freshman Matt Scarr (Wamberal, NSW, Australia) completed the mile with a team-leading 4:15.19, placing third. Four other Bucs competed in the mile, all finishing in the top 10 of the 20-man field.
- Scarr also led ETSU in the men’s 800m, finishing fourth with a 1:56.28 time. Right on his heels was fifth-place Hadyn Borghetti-Metz (Rogersville, Tenn.) at 1:58.13, followed by seventh place Adam Bradtmueller (Sarasota, Fla.) with a 1:58.22 finish.
- The men’s 4x400 team of Delince, Hunter Sampson (Salem, Va.), Tate Overbay (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Harper Sigler (Bogart, Ga.) were less than six seconds away from first place, finishing fourth with a cumulative time of 3:23.06.
- On the jump side, Jordan Scott (Friendsville, Tenn.) cleared 1.90m with ease on his first attempt in the men’s high jump, but could not top the bar at 1.95m. He tied for second with that performance.
- In the women’s high jump, junior Rebekah Fox (Franklin, Tenn.) finished fourth at 1.65m.
- The women’s long jump saw two other competitors besides Atkins, as Easley finished fourth at 5.53m, while freshman Kendra Whitehurst (Atlanta, Ga.) made her collegiate debut setting her personal bar at 5.13m.
- Throwing-wise, freshman Camryn Bowman (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) turned in a third place finish in the women’s weight with a 16.15m mark, setting a personal best in the process.
- Prior to her shot-put victory, Buxton competed in her first collegiate weight throw, taking fifth with a mark of 15.19m. Freshman Jaden Finch (Glen Aubrey, N.Y.) placed ninth with a 14.22m throw.
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