ETSU women’s track & field regionally ranked for first time
Edgecombe (above) has 17.54 points toward ETSU's first regional ranking.
Edgecombe (above) has 17.54 points toward ETSU's first regional ranking.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Buccaneer women No. 15 in south region, tops in Atlantic Sun Conference

NEW ORLEANS (Jan. 23, 2013) – For the first time since the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has kept regional rankings, dating back to the 2010 season, the ETSU women’s track & field team has appeared in the weekly poll at No. 15 in the South Region, as released by the association on Tuesday.

The No.15 ranking is the best of any women’s track & field team in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Jacksonville is the closest to the Bucs, coming in six spots outside the top 15 at No. 21 in the complete team-by-team index. North Florida is just behind the Dolphins at No. 22.

The Buccaneer women totaled 74.38 points in this week’s rankings – point totals determined by student-athlete performances and where each ranks in the region in each event – headed by sophomore Demeteria Edgecombe (Spartanburg, S.C.), junior Chelsea Clark (Fairmont, W.V.), senior Ashley Pease (Maryville, Tenn.), junior Lexie Burley (Johnson City, Tenn.) and senior Kelly Monteleone (Pittsburgh, Pa.) All five Bucs rank top-eight in the south region in their respective events.

Edgecombe leads the way having totaled 17.54 points for the Bucs, regionally ranked No. 3 in the 60m hurdles with a mark of 8.51. The ETSU sophomore clocked the time back in the beginning of December at Clemson’s Orange & Purple Winter Classic. Clark holds the second-highest total of 13.61, ranking fifth in the region in the 5000m. A time of 18:16.61 has Clark in the No. 5 spot, which she ran two weeks ago at the UAB Blazer Invite. Pease has exactly 12 points toward the rankings in the pentathlon, accumulating 2,743 points in the event at Clemson to rank No. 5 in the region.

Monteleone and Burley are the other ETSU women ranked top-eight in the region, each setting their mark in the triple jump over the weekend at the 35th annual Niswonger Invitational. Monteleone took gold in the event with a distance of 12.22m, but Burley took silver by marking the same distance on her third and final jump. Both Monteleone and Burley have 8.76 points apiece toward the poll.

ETSU’s track & field teams get back to action next Friday, Feb. 1, traveling to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Hilton Garden Invitational.

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