CLEMSON, S.C. (May 16, 2008) - A pair of sophomore ETSU track and field athletes highlighted day one of the 2008 Atlantic Sun Conference Championships Friday evening from Clemson's Rock Norman Track and Field Complex, hosted by USC Upstate. Kenneth Rotich (
After a handful of events have been contested,
On the women's side, Gardner-Webb will take the lead into Saturday's final day of competition after the Runnin' Bulldogs earned 45 points. UNF is currently in second with 30.33 points and
The main reason ETSU is on the board is based on
"Zachlynn has stepped up for us all season and I am very proud of her performance today," added ETSU throws coach Meg Stone. "Hopefully she can carry some of this momentum into the final day tomorrow and end up on the stand in both the discus and shot put."
To the Lady Bucs' credit, the rest of their scoring opportunities will come on Saturday, as the trio of Jenny Knox (Connelly Springs, N.C.), Judy Johnson (Knoxville) and Nae-Nae Bailey (Statesville, N.C.) compete in the short sprints and relay events; while Blackburn will go in the discus and shot put.
Once again Rotich had a huge day on the men's side as he upset the
"Kenneth ran very well for us today and I am delighted of his first-place finish," said head ETSU track and field coach Dave Walker. "He beat out a great field of runners tonight and I hope he has enough in the tank for tomorrow's final day."
Joining Rotich in the scoring efforts on Friday was junior Josh Cloyd's (
In the pole vault, senior Dave Thomas (
The Bucs will have a chance to bag more points on Saturday after Duronal Monal (
The men's 110-meter hurdles trials and women's 100m and 100-meter hurdles all advanced to Saturday's finals.
"Overall I am happy with our effort today," mentioned associate head track and field coach Michelle Byrne. "We advanced our athletes into tomorrow's finals and we turned in some exceptional performances tonight."
The conference championships resume to action with the men's decathlon kicking things off Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
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