SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Jan. 31, 2018) – The junior duo of ETSU standouts Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) and Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) each received Southern Conference indoor track and field athlete of the week honors, the league office announced Wednesday.
The honors were based off strong performances at the VMI Team Challenge in Lexington, Va. Jan. 27, as each Atkins and Johnson turned in top finishes.
"Kyra and Ben are very deserving of the SoCon athlete of the week awards," said ETSU Director of Track and Field George Watts.
Inside the Corps Physical Training Facility, Atkins turned in a couple of top finishes in track action, taking the women’s 60-meter hurdles at 8.43 while winning her prelim heat at 8.65. Atkins also placed second in the 200-meter dash with a 24.91 time.
Atkins also competed strong in field action, posting a second place finish in the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.62 meters.
"Kyra has positioned herself to be a scorer in four events this indoor season and had a great opening race in her specialty, the 60m hurdles this past weekend," Watts said. "She had a very busy day on Saturday at the VMI meet, doing three events and performing quite well."
Johnson had another record day for the Bucs, winning the men’s weight throw with a 20.15-meter toss. The redshirt junior also broke another school record after doing so two weeks prior with a 19.86 throw.
Furthermore, Johnson’s toss broke a facility record at VMI and is currently the longest throw by a SoCon member this season by over two meters.
Johnson also finished fourth in the shot put, marking out at 15.49 meters. That mark is currently the second best in the conference this indoor season.
"In my opinion Ben has been the most dominating performer in SoCon to this point in the season," Watts said. "He has established a school record twice in the weight throw, a facility record at VMI last week, a personal best in the shot put and has won his first two meets of the season."
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