JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 1, 2019) – A healthier ETSU track and field team saw a number of strong performances from both its usual and unusual performers to open Day One of the Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational on Friday inside the MSHA/ETSU Athletics Center.
The Bucs had a collection of qualifiers for tomorrow’s finals, along with a pair of field wins from senior men’s thrower Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) and freshman women’s long jumper Mekayla Brown (Elgin, S.C.) to complete a solid opening day in Johnson City.
“I was very pleased with the effort of both teams today,” said ETSU Director of Track and Field George Watts. “We should have more people competing tomorrow, and I feel like we can win some events along the way. I'm looking forward to recognizing and honoring our seniors as they compete for the final time in the Dome.”
Track Highlights from Day One
Field Highlights from Day One
Thoughts from Coach George Watts
On Johnson’s performance: “Ben Johnson continues to perform at a very high level week in and week out and has done so for two years.”
On Brown’s big win: " It was great to see freshman Mekayla Brown win her first college competition in her third best event. She has done a very fine job in her young college career.”
On Davis and Simmons in sprint action: “I was very impressed with how good Kiana Davis looked in qualifying for the 60m and 200m dashes. Lamisha Simmons had another strong competition day by leading all qualifiers in the hurdles and qualifying for the 200m final. I'm excited to see how they compete on our senior recognition day tomorrow.
On Sanoe’s speedy start: “Fanta Sanoe was a pleasant surprise in her seasonal debut, qualifying for the 60m final with a very fine personal best.”
On the 400 qualifiers: “Jessica Lord and Johnaida Eliscar both won there heats in the 400m to make tomorrows final. Jessica stepped down from her usual 800 distance, and JoJo showed a lot of poise and confidence in leading her heat from gun.”
On notable improvements: “Although they didn't make the final, I thought Kashif Warren made a big jump in the 60 meter dash and Vicki Franse just missed making the final, but won her heat of the 200 meter. Margaret Hayden continues to steadily improve in the weight throw as she made the final with a personal best.”
The Bucs will begin Day Two tomorrow at 9 a.m. with the women’s 3000m run, as the sophomore trio of Addison Aguilar (Clovis, Calif.), Lindsay Bruce (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Hannah Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.) are entered to compete.
The ETSU senior recognition ceremony will take place at the track finish line, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Athlete of the Meet ceremony is set for 4:45 p.m. Times are subject to change.
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