(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) March 16, 2018 -- A decisive victory in the men’s 3000 meter steeplechase highlighted the ETSU track and field teams’ showing in the first full day of the 49er Classic, at the Irwin Belk Track & Field Center in Charlotte, N.C, the first outdoor meet of 2018.
Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tenn.) was one of three Bucs in the top five, getting the win by crossing the line more than 12 seconds ahead of the field with a time of 9:05.56. Noah Charles (Johnson City, Tenn.) was third and Louis Morris (Knoxville, Tenn.) was fifth.
In other men’s highlights, Nathan Rivera (Knoxville, Tenn.) took 3rd in the decathlon, with his best results being 2nd in the the high jump (6-2 ¾) and 3rd in the discus (109-11). Jordan Scott (Friendsville, Tenn.) tied for 12th out of 44 in the high jump.
The Bucs’ two closest calls of the day came in in the women’s 100 meters. Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) grabbed 2nd place by a mere .002 of a second ahead of Sarah Hill of USC Upstate (:11.837 to :11.839), while Kiana Davis (Ooltewah, Tenn.) finished in a tie for twelfth with Desiree Garland of Pittsburgh at :12.036.
Other top-ten showings came from freshman Jessica Lord (Morristown, Tenn.), who was 3rd among 92 collegiate runners in the 400 meters, and Macy Carrier (Bluff City, Tenn.), who was 7th out of 33 in the 3000 meter steeplechase.
Timia Easley (Columbus, Ohio) was 14th out of a field of 70 in the 100 meter hurdles, at :14.66. Nicki Smith (Urbandale, Iowa) was 16th out of 48 in the 400 meter hurdles, and Mia DePillo (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was 16th in the 10000 meters. Jaden Finch (Glen Aubrey, N.Y.) was 19th in the discus and Heather Feuchtenberger (Elizabethton, Tenn.) was 24th out of 160 in the 1500 meters.
The 49er Classic concludes with 20 events on Saturday.
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