LEXINGTON, Va. (Feb. 24, 2018) – The opening day of the 2018 Southern Conference Indoor Championships took place at VMI’s Corps Physical Training Facility, and the ETSU track and field teams are in a good position heading into Sunday’s final.
The men currently sit in second place after the first day, trailing only Samford in the standings. The women currently sit in fifth, trailing fourth place Furman by three points.
A number of Buccaneer athletes scored in Day One, including a top finish in the men’s distance medley relay final.
"We had a very solid day with some very fine performances throughout the team," said ETSU Director of Track and Field George Watts. "We had several podium finishes highlighted by the Men's win in the Distance Medley Relay. There were some gutsy runs by Simeon Roberts in the 3k and the anchor leg by Adam Bradtmueller in the DMR."
The team of Matt Scarr (Wamberal, NSW, Australia), Harper Sigler (Bogart, Ga.), Hadyn Borghetti-Metz (Rogersville, Tenn.) and Adam Bradtmueller (Sarasota, Fla.) scored 10 points with a time of 10:07.32 for the DMR win, setting a new facility record at VMI.
Another big moment in the day came when junior Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) continued her amazing streak of topping the 60-meter hurdles, as she qualified for tomorrow’s final with a time of 8.35. This season, Atkins has won all five prelims and all four finals in this event.
Lamisha Simmons (Hollywood, Fla.) qualified with the second best time, beating her official PR with a time of 8.64, while Timia Easley (Columbus, Ohio) gave the Bucs three representatives in the final with a qualifying time of 8.80.
More Highlights from Lexington
Day Two Qualifiers
Final thoughts from Watts
On today's prelims: "We qualified eight athletes in the running trials and I looked forward to seeing how they and the rest of the team respond tomorrow. Our women qualified 11 people in the running events and so we have a lot of opportunities tomorrow in the finals."
On the men's runner up performances: "We had runner up finishes by Ben Johnson in the shot as he exceeded his personal best by two feet, Jordan Scott in the high jump as he had his best meet of the season and freshman footballer Karon Delince as he set a personal best nearly jumped 24' in the long jump."
On Gemechu's 3K score: "Buried down in 7th place but no less of an impressive performance was Malick Gemechu's run in the 3k. He set a personal best as well as he's improved by over 20 seconds in this event for the year."
On the women's top performances: "Our women had an equally impressive day with podium finishes by Kyra Atkins in the long jump and our women's DMR. Kyra had a very nice day as she qualified for three running events along with her performance in the long jump. Our DMR is mostly a young group with the exception of senior Emily Williams-McElroy who had an outstanding anchor leg to secure third place.
On the captain's dual performances: "Timia Easley finished 5th in the long jump with her best leap since her freshman year and had a personal best to make the final in the 60m hurdles. Her fellow team captain Lamisha Simmons had the second fastest time in the 60m hurdles qualifying and snuck into the 200m dash final.
On Davis' personal bests: "Kiana Davis added to some strong performance by the sprints/hurdles as she qualified by running personal bests in the 60 and 200 heats."
On the freshman shot put throwers: "Our young throwers had a good day in the shot with two places by freshmen Jaden Finch and Atlantis Warren."
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