Track and Field wraps up competition at Sea Relays and Highlander Collegiate Challenge
Rainer
Rainer

Saturday, April 14, 2007

 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. and RADFORD, Va. (April 14, 2007) - The ETSU track and field team wrapped up competition Saturday afternoon as they sent competitors to the Sea Relays and the Highlander Collegiate Challenge.

 

The men's 4x100-meter relay team ran solid at the Sea Relays as they came away with a second-place finish. The crew of Chris Harrison (Woodbridge, Va.), Derek Carey (Nassau, Bahamas), Johnny Tucker  (Spartanburg, S.C.) and James Rainer (Alcoa, Tenn.) beat out some tough competition such as Tennessee and Penn State, finishing with a time of 40.71. The Bucs just missed the title as Johnson County CC finished first in 40.69.

 

"They really ran well today, and to be able to beat out some bigger programs says a lot about how strong of a team they are," said associated head coach Michelle Bynre. "The weather conditions were not ideal, but this proves they are capable of running fast on any given day."

 

The rest of the ETSU track and field team traveled to Radford to compete in the Highlander Collegiate Challenge on Saturday. Despite soggy and windy conditions, the Buccaneer throwers provided strong performances in their respective events.

 

Freshman Zachlynn Blackburn (Tazewell, Va.) smashed Danita Fletcher's (130-05) nine-year-old school record in the hammer, with a heave of 149-08 (45.62m). The mark was also Blackburn's best throw this season. Dedra Jones, another Tazewell, Va. native, had a very successful showing in the hammer as well. Jones set a personal best with a toss of 148-00 (45.12m), which is 13 feet longer than her previous best set at the Weems Baskin Relays earlier this season.

 

On the men's side, freshman Dakota Cagle (Rutherford College, N.C.) posted a season-best in the shot put, with a mark of 49-05.75 (15.08m). His toss is two feet longer than his previous best (47-05). Sophomore's Brad Jones (Spruce Pine, N.C.) and Guy Hornsby (Morgantown, W. Va.) competed well in the hammer. Hornsby finished third with a mark of 138-08 (42.29m), while Jones set a personal best of 120-04 (36.69m).

 

"I am happy with their performances today, added assistant coach Meg Stone. "To be able to set school records and personal bests in these types of conditions shows how well they can compete when the weather is better."

 

In other events, Allie Frazier (Knoxville) and Vicki Currie (Dumfries, Scotland) placed second and fourth in the 800-meters. Nic Chernikow (Seymour, Tenn.) won the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in a time of 16.98.

 

The track and field team will now prepare for the Vanderbilt Invitational, which begins Friday, April 20.
Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
MBB ETSU 69 F
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Indiana State University 76
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 26, 12:00 p.m. Indiana University 97
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Huntsville, Ala.
Dec 6, 6:00 p.m. Alabama A&M University
MBB UNC Greensboro Freedom Hall
Dec 13, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB Eastern Kentucky University Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 13, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 15, 12:00 p.m. Morehead State University
MBB ETSU Richmond, Ky.
Dec 16, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky