Multiple ETSU victories highlight final home indoor meet
Multiple ETSU victories highlight final home indoor meet
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Seniors honored, Johnson earns Male Field Athlete of the Meet award

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 3, 2018) – Sixteen seniors and one ETSU athlete took center stage on Day Two of the Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational, as the second day brought more victories and records for ETSU.

After his record-breaking performance in the men’s weight in Day One, ETSU’s Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) received the Male Field Athlete of the Meet award. Johnson capped his performance with a 15.07 throw in the shot put to finish fourth.

Day Two of the meet also included a senior day ceremony, recognizing the 16 ETSU athletes either competing at home for the last time or who have already done so. A full list of the seniors can be found below.

“I am very pleased with Day Two and the overall performance this weekend at the Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational,” said ETSU Director of Track and Field George Watts. “We came away with three wins, another meet record and numerous top three finishes. On top of that, we had serveral performances that will rank in the top ten on SoCon lists.”


Running Highlights from Day Two

  • Senior Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tenn.) shined on the final day, taking first place in the men’s mile while breaking his own meet record from 2016 with a time of 4:09.27. His previous meet record was 4:12.62.
  • In the same event, sophomore Adam Bradtmueller (Sarasota, Fla.) also broke the previous record by Roberts with a second place finish at 4:10.51. Freshman Matt Scarr (Wamberal, NSW, Australia) placed third with a time of 4:16.78.
  • Two freshman excelled in the women’s mile, as Colbie Williamson (Clyde, N.C.) earned her first career victory and shaved 10 seconds off her previous PR at 5:12.91. Teammate Heather Feuchtenberger (Elizabethton, Tenn.) finished second at 5:13.21, shaving six seconds off her previous PR.
  • Junior Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) blew away the competition in the 60 meter hurdles final, placing first at 8.50. She was 0.02 seconds away from breaking the all-time meet record, which she holds at 8.48 from last season.
  • Junior Lamisha Simmons (Hollywood, Fla.) also competed in the 60mH final, placing third at 8.80.
  • A two-three-four finish took place for the Bucs in the women’s 800m. Emily Williams-McElroy (Bristol, Tenn.) led ETSU in second at 2:14.15, missing the leader by half a second. Kaitlyn Lay (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished third at 2:17.24 and Jessica Lord (Morristown, Tenn.) followed in fourth at 2:17.55.
  • Senior Macy Carrier (Bluff City, Tenn.), competing for the final time at an indoor home meet, placed fourth in the 3K with a time of 10:27.48. 
  • Fellow senior Hadyn Borghetti-Metz (Rogersville, Tenn.) had a successful outing in his final home meet, placing fourth in the men’s 800 meter run at 1:56.24.
  • In the men’s 3K, sophomore Nathan Longfellow (Cookeville, Tenn.) took home a fourth place finish with a time of 8:51.40.
  • Also earning fourth was junior Kiana Davis (Ooltewah, Tenn.), who timed out at 7.71 in the 60 meter dash final.
  • Simmons also competed in the women’s 200 meter dash, taking third place with a time of 25.06.
  • The team of Atkins, Lord, Davis and senior Nicki Smith (Urbandale, Iowa) finished second in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:56.01.


Field Highlights from Day Two

  • The freshman duo of Jaden Finch (Glen Aubrey, NY) and Camryn Bowman (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) found success in the women’s shot put, as each placed fifth and sixth with respective marks of 12.64m and 12.30m. Finch’s mark was a personal record.
  • The women’s triple jump final saw two ETSU athletes compete, as freshman Kendra Whitehurst (Atlanta, Ga.) finished fifth in her first collegiate triple with a mark of 11.73m.
  • In the same event, senior Timia Easley (Columbus, Ohio) earned eighth in the final at 11.32m.
  • Indoor junior Yohana Koko (Alcoa, Tenn.) marked for the first time this season, making his official 2018 debut with a 13.41 showing.


Thoughts from Coach Watts

On today’s victories: “Kyra, Simeon and Colbie had nice wins in their events to lead the women and men's team's today. Kyra, as usual, was very solid in the hurdles. Simeon ran a meet record and personal best to win the men's mile run. Colbie had maybe the most surprising performance of the meet with her win and personal best in the women's mile run.”

On senior day: “We had a fantastic senior day with 16 of our athletes and family members getting recognized for their performance and service to ETSU and our Track and Field and cross country program. We continue to have tremendous support from our parents and alum, and I am very thankful for them caring about the kids and our program. 

On Johnson winning Athlete of the Meet: “I want to congratulate Ben Johnson on his special achievement.”

On the support staff: “Our officials continue to do a fantastic job, and we could not get it done with out them.”

On next week’s meet: “Our teams need to get ready for a quick turnaround as we head up to Liberty University for a meet this coming Saturday. That will be our final competition before the SoCon Championships, and I look forward to seeing how we respond.”  


Senior Honorees

Macy Carrier                          

Marabeth Clark

Aubree Collins

Timia Easley

Rebekah Fox

Jazmin Lacy

Kylie Rutherford

Nicki Smith

Emily Williams-McElroy

Haydn Borghetti-Metz

Ben Johnson

Carl Oberfeitinger

Nathan Rivera

Simeon Roberts

Daniel Sonnenfeldt

Ashton Wilson


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