BOONE, N.C. (December 7, 2002) - East Tennessee State University's men's and women's indoor track and field season officially began Saturday, at the third Appalachian Indoor Track Meet hosted by Appalachian State University and held at the George Holmes Convocation Center.
ETSU turned in some top performances to open up the season with the women's distance medley relay team breaking the center record in 12:55.03. This year's DMR squad is made up of Katie Marshall (Metuchen, N.J.), Tiffany Collier (Atlanta, Ga.), Kim Simmons (Knoxville, Tenn.), and Emily Chaney (Maryville, Tenn.). The men's DMR team also finished first in a time of 10:32.21. The men's team is made up of James Grufferty (Glanmire, Ireland), Donald Cabbler (Roanoke, Va.), David Haefner (Hamburg, N.Y.), and Brad Yewer (Newbury, England).
Yewer also turned in a solid run in the 3,000 meter placing first with a time of8:44.39
Football and track athlete Marcus Barnes (Memphis, Tenn.) finished 12th in the 55 meter, the red shirt freshman finished the sprint in 6.50 after only a week of practice prior to the meet.
"Marcus has a lot of potential to be one of the top eight sprinters in the conference this season," said sprint coach Michelle Byrne.
Chad Hyder (Kingsport, Tenn.), also a member of the Buccaneer football team, finished seventh in the shot, throwing 45'08.50 and 12th in the weight throw (39'10.00).
"Coach Walker and I are really excited to have Chad and Marcus come out to help make our men's team stronger," said Byrne.
Rhett Ezell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) finished second in the high jump with a jump of 6'04.00.
"Rehtt showed promise Saturday going into the conference meets," said Byrne.
Sophomore Chantelle Vernon (Ontario, Canada) also had a solid opening placing fifth in the 55 meter with a final time of 7.06.
"This meet allowed us to get an early look at the team and we now have a much better feel for what our strengths and weaknesses are going into the holiday break," said Byrne. "We have a very talented men's and women's team, but it is imperative for them to work hard over the break."
The Buccaneers will travel to Blacksburg, Va. for the Virginia Tech Kroger Invitational to be held Jan. 17-18.