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Men’s track and field second, women sit fifth after day one of A-Sun Outdoor Championships
Friday, April 20, 2012
Day two schedule moved up due to the threat of inclement weather
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (April 20, 2012) – The ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams completed day one of competition in the 2012 Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday at the UNF’s Hodges Stadium, with the men’s team in second place just one point behind current leader Kennesaw State, while the women’s side resides in fifth.
ETSU’s men totaled 71 points on Friday and made the Championships a two-team race with Kennesaw State, with the closest competitor being USC Upstate in third place with 42 points. The remainder of the men’s field has Lipscomb in fourth with 25 points, North Florida fifth with 19, while Belmont sits in last combining for just five points. Altogether, the Bucs and Owls scored 143 points while teams placed third through sixth accumulated 91.
Jacksonville leads the way on the women’s half with a 14-point cushion on second place UNF. Lipscomb sits in third with 33 points, while Kennesaw State will rest in fourth place with 29 points, one spot ahead of ETSU’s 23 points. The rest of the field sees USC Upstate in sixth with 20 points, and Belmont in last with 15.
On the individual level, freshman K’Vonte Scott (Virginia Beach, Va.) leads the men’s decathlon through the five events competed on day one. Scott totaled 3,586 points, taking first place in the long jump (6.40m), high jump (1.96m) and 400m (49.57).
Freshman Katerina Vodova (Humpolec, Czech Republic) heads ETSU through the women’s multis, standing in second place through four of the seven events in the heptathlon. Vodova won the shot put with a 12.39m toss and combined for 3,097 total points as she trails Kennesaw State’s Christie Leverett by just nine heading into day two.
Other ETSU highlights included Stephond Allmond (Memphis, Tenn.) taking the silver in the men’s pole vault by clearing 4.61m.
The Buccaneers’ top men’s event on the day was the shot put, where they snatched 20 points with the help of Cornell Sneed’s (Miami, Fla.) second place toss of 15.85m. Sebastian Dietl (Grobwallstadt, Germany) and Justin Burton (Bastian, Va.) earned third and fourth with 15.80m and 14.83m launches, respectively, while Justin Harris (Johnson City, Tenn.) rounded out the point scorers in eighth place with a mark of 12.63m.
The hammer throw led to 19 more points for the men’s side. This time, Burton led the Bucs with a silver medal showing of 46.02m, while Sneed took the bronze at 45.10m. Harris earned four points in fifth place at a mark of 43.00m, and Sam Liska (Cookeville, Tenn.) took a point in eight at 34.95m.
In the steeplechase, it was Adam Chase (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Sean Duffy (Jonesborough, Tenn.) earning third and fourth with times of 9:32.40 and 9:34.57, respectively. Chase’s time broke a Hodges Stadium record which was also bested by Kennesaw State’s Ryan Burruss and Lipscomb’s Ashton Fisher.
Jadon Short (Philadelphia, Pa.) was ETSU’s other top point-getter on the day, tying for second place in the long jump by leaping 7.09m. The mark tied USC Upstate’s Perrish Goggins, and earned both men seven points.
The ETSU women had their best showing in the long jump, totaling 14 points from Taylor Story (Germantown, Tenn.), Vodova and Lexie Burley (Johnson City, Tenn.). Story led the charge with a second place effort of 5.82m, while Vodova took fourth at 5.73m and Burley grabbed eighth with a distance of 5.48m.
The throws witnessed Jasmine Foster (Johnson City, Tenn.) earn the Bucs five additional points, as the junior took fourth place in the shot put with a 13.11m hurl.
Chelsea Clark (Fairmont, W.V.) tallied four points in the 3000m steeplechase, taking fifth place with a time of 11:09.76.
The preliminaries to the men’s and women’s 100m dash, women’s 100m hurdles and men’s 110m hurdles were also run on the Championship’s first day.
Ifrish Alberg (Paramaribo, Suriname) qualified with the best time for Saturday’s final in the men’s dash with a time of 10.46, and will be joined by Short and Errol Cash (Nassau, Bahamas). The women’s dash finals will feature Story and sophomore Emani Harrison (Columbia, S.C.), with Harrison qualifying in fourth at 11.86.
Scott and Briar Pierce (Crossville, Tenn.) will compete in the men’s hurdles final, while the women will be represented by Demetria Edgecombe (Spartanburg, S.C.).
Day two of the 2012 Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track and Field Championships gets underway at 7:30 a.m. with the completion of the men’s decathlon. Saturday’s schedule has been changed with all the events now scheduled to conclude at 4:45 p.m., as inclement weather is forecasted to threaten the Jacksonville, Fla., area.
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