Bucs finish first day of SoCon Indoor Championships
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Bucs finish first day of SoCon Indoor Championships
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Men’s DMR picks up victory, multiple Bucs score in successful Day One

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

  • The first final of the day for ETSU was a high scoring one, as freshman Karon Delince (Phenix City, Ala.) placed second in the men’s long jump at 7.31m. This event marks the first collegiate conference meet for the freshman football player.
  • The speedster also competed in the 60 meter dash prelim, qualifying with a time of 6.82. Delince was the only freshman to qualify for tomorrow’s final, set for 12:20 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Delince wrapped up his career day with a qualifying time of 21.86, entering him into the men’s 200 meter dash tomorrow at 1:20 p.m.
  • The Bucs also found success in the vertical jump category, as sophomore Jordan Scott (Friendsville, Tenn.) turned in a PR of 1.98m in the high jump to place second, scoring eight points for ETSU.
  • Later in the afternoon, Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) also scored eight points for the Blue and Gold with a second place mark in the shot put, marking out at 16.13m. Johnson’s specialty, the men’s weight, takes place tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.
  • On the women’s field side, Atkins and Easley each scored for ETSU in the women’s long jump. Atkins scored six with her third place finish at 5.82m, while Easley placed fifth at 5.80m to score four points for the ETSU women.
  • The ETSU women also scored in the women’s shot put as freshmen Jaden Finch (Glen Aubrey, NY) and Atlantis Warren (Memphis, Tenn.) each cracked the top eight to score three points for ETSU.                                        
  • The other finals today came in distance action as Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tenn.) placed third in the men’s 3K to score six for the Bucs. His time of 8:17.90 missed second by less than 0.2 seconds.
  • The women’s DMR team of Heather Feuchtenberger (Elizabethton, Tenn.), Vicki Franse (Clinton, Tenn.), Jessica Lord (Morristown, Tenn.) and Emily Williams-McElroy (Bristol, Tenn.) placed third to score six points. Franse made her season debut in the event.


Day Two Qualifiers

  • Aside from the men’s 60m, men’s 200m and women’s 60mH qualifiers mentioned above, 13 other ETSU entries will compete tomorrow in finals action.
  • With a top time in the men’s mile, Bradtmueller will qualify for tomorrow’s final along with teammates Roberts and Charles. ETSU will make up a quarter of the 12-man field. 
  • Williams-McElroy will enter the women’s mile tomorrow as the lone representative for the Blue and Gold, qualifying with a time of 5:04.69.
  • Aside from the hurdles, Atkins also qualified for the women’s 60m dash with a time of 7.59. Junior Kiana Davis (Ooltewah, Tenn.) also qualified for the event with a time of 7.62. 
  • Junior transfer Hunter Sampson (Salem, Va.) enters tomorrow as a qualifier for the men’s 400m, timing out at 49.33.
  • The men’s 800 also turned out to be a successful event for the Bucs as Matt Scarr (Wamberal, NSW, Australia) topped the qualifying list at 1:55.58 while Borghetti-Metz also qualified at 1:55.90.
  • The freshmen duo of Jessica Lord and Heather Feuchtenberger qualified for the women’s 800m, placing fourth and fifth respectively in the prelims.
  • The women’s 200 rounded out ETSU’s qualifying events, as three familiar Bucs made the cut in the prelims. Davis, Atkins and Simmons will each compete in the final, as Davis led ETSU with her second-best time of 24.58 in the prelims.


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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