ETSU track & field set to host 35th annual Niswonger Invitational

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Over 800 student-athletes to compete in two-day event

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 16, 2013) – The ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in Johnson City this weekend, hosting the 35th annual Niswonger Foundation Track and Field Invitational/Knoxville Youth Athletics High School Invitational on Friday and Saturday inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center on the David E. Walker Track and Gentry Field.

The two-day meet begins Friday morning at 10 a.m., with the prelims of the women’s 60m hurdles, the women’s triple jump finals and the women’s weight throw finals. Opening day collegiate events end following the men’s and women’s 5K run at 7 p.m., before the meet picks back up on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. with another session of the men’s and women’s 5K. The final events of the meet are the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay, which being at 6:30 p.m.

“We look forward to hosting the Niswonger Invitational once again,” Director of ETSU Track & Field/Cross Country George Watts said. “It has been a great meet for over three decades, which draws a lot of great teams and student-athletes. We are hoping to continue this meet in the years to come, and improve on it each year as we go.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase our campus and our facility, especially since we have a big high school portion of the meet. We hope we will impress some of those kids with our performances and our ability to host a great meet.”

Over 800 student-athletes from more than 60 collegiate teams will be competing in the meet. Those teams include Anderson College, Appalachian State, Austin Peay, Benedict College, Bryan College, Chattanooga, Emory, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, King College, Lee University, Lipscomb, Mars Hill, MTSU, Milligan, Montreat, Murray State, Roanoke College, Southern University at New Orleans, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee Wesleyan, Tusculum, UNC Asheville, USC Upstate, Western Carolina and Wofford.

All 28 Buccaneer women and the majority of ETSU’s 37 men will be competing throughout the two-day meet, which consists of 16 men’s events and 16 women’s events. On the track side, those events include the men’s and women’s 60m dash, 60m hurdles, 200m dash, 400m dash, 800m run, mile run, 3000m run, 5000m run, DMR and 4x400m relay. Men’s and women’s field events include the pole vault, shot put, weight throw, long jump, high jump and triple jump. Preliminaries will be held for the 60m dash, 60m hurdles, 200m dash and 400m dash. All other events will consist of only finals sessions.

“This is our first opportunity of the season for our teams to compete in front of their home crowd and on campus,” Watts added. “I think they are looking forward to competing on their home track and improving on some marks from last week.

“I think it is a great advantage for out student-athletes to run and compete at the facility which is used to host the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships. We will have three of our conference foes [Kennesaw State, USC Upstate and Lipscomb] competing in the meet as well, so it will be nice to see how we match up against them before next month’s championships.

“We had a great meet last week in Birmingham, and we hope to improve on those marks here. I’m looking forward to seeing good times from our DMR and 4x400m relay teams, and also good marks in the long jump, high jump and pole vault. Some of our student-athletes in those events were not able to compete last weekend, and they will open up for us this weekend at the Niswonger Invitational. We’ll be at full force and I’m excited to see how we perform.”

Live results will be available throughout the meet at TimingInc.com. Recaps of ETSU’s performances can be found at the end of each day by logging onto ETSUBucs.com. Tickets can be purchased at the gate upon entry. Prices are $10 for both days and $5 for a single day.

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