CULLOWHEE, N.C. (April 14, 2018) -- Six victories and a raft of top ten results were the high points for ETSU on Saturday’s second and final day of the Catamount Classic in Cullowhee, N.C – at the same track track where the Southern Conference Championships will be staged in May.
Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) went to Cullowhee to defend her titles in the women’s 100 meter hurdles and the 100 meter dash. She returned to Johnson City as a repeat double-champion.
Atkins set a meet record time of :13.70 in the 100 hurdles, breaking the old Classic mark of :13.75, set by Asia Bange of Marshall in 2016. Atkins is ETSU’s all-time record holder in the event.
A little more than an hour later, in the 100, Atkins held off unattached athlete Ty-Leah Hampton by a scant .02 of a second. Atkins’ time of :11.85 just missed her collegiate best of :11.84, a wind-aided mark set at the 49er Classic on March 16.
Nathan Rivera (Knoxville, Tenn.) was the decisive victor in the men’s decathlon, winning four events and outscoring the runner-up by 512 points.
On Friday, the senior was 4th in the 100 meter dash, 2nd in the long jump, 3rd in the shot put, 3rd in the 400 meters (.13 of a second out of 2nd), and he won the high jump.
Rivera began to pull away on Saturday, starting the day with back-to-back wins in the 110 meter hurdles and the discus. After a runner-up showing in the pole vault, Rivera won the javelin and, with victory all but assured, ended the day 6th in the 1500 meters.
Rivera’s 6195 points are the 4th-most of his college career.
The Bucs got a victory, two on the podium, and four in the top ten in the men’s 800. Matt Scarr (Wamberal, NSW, Australia) was the winner, in 1:54.34, with Ben Varghese (Kingsport, Tenn.) a close 3rd in 1:55.13.
Adam Bradtmueller (Sarasota, Fla.) finished 7th in 1:56.90 and Hayden Borghetti-Metz was 9th in 1:57.49.
Zackery Summerall (Sarasota, Fla.) was 16th and Malick Gemechu (Johnson City, Tenn.) was 17th.
Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) again won in the men’s discus, with a throw of 162’ 7” (49.56m). Earlier Saturday, he ended up 7th in the shot put with a distance of 46’ 11¾” (14.32m).
The final victory of the day came in the women’s 4 x 400 relay. Aliyah Hill (Snellville, Ga.), Kiana Davis (Ooltewah, Tenn.), Lamisha Simmons (Hollywood, Fla.) and Gia Faoro (Knoxville, Tenn.) broke the tape in a time of 3:54.69.
Davis had put up two top-five results earlier Saturday -- runner-up in the 200 meters (:24.43) and 4th in the 400 (:58.19).
Hill was runner-up in the 400 at :57.82, with Faoro 8th at :59.23.
ETSU took a deep field into what wound being a thrilling men’s 1500, and it showed when the Bucs claimed six of the top seven spots – although not in the conventional sense.
Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tenn.) – the April 4th SoCon Track Athlete of the Week – finished 2nd overall, and first among collegiates, just .27 of a second off the pace. Ben Varghese (Kingsport, Tenn.) was 3rd, only .20 behind Roberts, and Malick Gemechu (Johnson City, Tenn.) was 4th, .51 back of Varghese.
Carl Oberfeitinger (Kingsport, Tenn.) was 6th overall and Noah Charles (Johnson City, Tenn.) was 7th. Nathan Longfellow (Cookeville, Tenn.) was 11th, missing the top ten by just .16 of a second.
The winner? Unattached athlete Austin Whitelaw, a former All-SEC athlete at the University of Tennessee … who’s in his second year as a graduate assistant in ETSU Athletics’ Academic Support Services.
Getting on to the podium was Hannah Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.), whose time of 12:57.86 was good for 3rd in the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase.
ETSU was 3rd and 5th in the women’s 5000 – from, respectively, Lindsay Bruce (Knoxville, Tenn.) in 19:28.00 and Mia DePillo (Fort Wayne, Ind.) in 19:58.38.
The Bucs put two in the top ten in the men’s triple jump. Yohana Koko (Alcoa, Tenn.) was 4th at 45’ 3¾” (13.81m), while Drae Butts (Gray, Ga.) was 8th at 44’ 6 ¾” (13.56m). Butts later finished 21st in the 100 meters.
Another pair of top tens came in the women’s 1500. Colbie Williamson (Clyde, N.C.) held off Lindsey Stallworth (Knoxville, Tenn.) a sprint to the wire for 6th, getting it by a tenth of a second. Macy Carrier (Bluff City, Tenn.) was 12th.
Lamisha Simmons (Hollywood, Fla.) was 6th in a record-setting women’s 400 meter hurdles. Two runners broke the meet record of 1:00.73 – winner Dasha Arnaut (1:00.51) and runner-up Christiana Dogan (1:00.57).
In the women’s 800, freshmen Heather Feuchtenberger (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and Jessica Lord (Morristown, Tenn.) respectively finished 6th and 7th. It was a competitive finish, with just .71 seconds separating 3rd and 7th.
Jaden Finch (Glen Aubrey, N.Y.) drew a pair of sevens; she was 7th in the discus, at 127” 3” (38.80m), and 7th in the shot put, at 41 3 ¼” (12.59m).
Symphony Buxton (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished 11th in the shot put and 25th in the discus. Atlantis Warren (Memphis, Tenn.) was 16th in the shot put and Margaret Hayden (Ballymore Eustace, Kildare, Ireland) was 22nd in the discus.
Kendra Whitehurst (Atlanta, Ga.) and Jazmin Lacy (Smyrna, Ga.) finished 8-9 in the woman’s heptathlon. Whitehurst’s best events were the 100 meter hurdles and the long jump, in which she was 8th. Lacy’s top showing was 4th, in the 800 meters.
Karon Delince (Phenix City, Ala.), who came within ¾” of winning the long jump on Friday (in his first collegiate outdoor meet), was 9th in the men’s 400 with a time of :48.56.
Tate Overbay (Johnson City, Tenn.) finished 10th in the men’s 400 meter hurdles at 1:01.02.
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