NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 11, 2017) – In a final day full of personal bests and improvements, the ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded its final day at the Music City Challenge in Nashville on Saturday.
Highlights of Day Two
- Adam Bradtmueller (Sarasota, Fla.) set a new personal best as he shaved off over 30 seconds in his 3000m performance. On Saturday, the freshman clocked in at 8:23.95, which put him in tenth place in the final, and he was just over two seconds away from tying sixth place.
- Matthew Warriner (Maryville, Tenn.) competed in the men’s mile run for the Bucs. He set a season best in the event with a 4:15.74 time, and he was just over a second from cracking the top-10 in a tight race.
- The senior, Thomas Miller (Lithonia, Ga.), nearly cracked the top-10 as he was just under a second from matching the 10th place runner. The 1:51.54 mark set a season best for the Lithonia, Ga. native.
- After just missing out of the top-10 yesterday in the women’s 200m, Katrina Seymour (New Providence, Bahamas) finished fifth in the women’s 400m dash to earn a top-5 finish in Nashville. The time of 54.70 was an ETSU program, career and season best for the senior from the Bahamas.
- 2016 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.), nearly claimed a spot in the finals of the women’s 60m hurdles. She crossed with an 8.52 time and was just 0.06 from earning a spot in the finals of the 60mH.
- In her second event of the day, Atkins set a new personal best as she made a leap of 5.86m in the women’s long jump. Her previous best was set at the 2016 Southern Conference Outdoor Championships with a jump of 5.64m.
- Starr Graham (Alpharetta, Ga.) also set a personal best as she competed in the women’s 60m dash. She crossed with a 7.93 time, which bested her previous best by 0.04 seconds.
- To headline the final day of the Music City Challenge, senior Matthew Moore (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) finished fourth in the men’s 60m dash of the preliminary rounds. He crossed with a 6.83 time. In the finals, Moore finished in fourth as he shaved off 0.01 seconds.
- Both the men’s and women’s 4x400m teams improved its times from last week at the Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational. The women’s team nearly took off eight seconds from last week as it finished with a 3:50.09 time. The men’s team almost shaved three seconds off its performance last week as it crossed with a 3:18.00 time in Nashville.
Director of track and field/cross country George Watts: “We had another solid day of competition and made quite a few improvements along the way. Our primary goal was to improve on our individual events and strengthen our relays. We had a few people with a rough meet, but that comes with the territory.”
“At the top of the list of performances was Katrina Seymour's new school record of 54.70 in the 400 meter dash. Another performance of note was Kyra Atkins’ long jump and a four second improvement over last weekend in the 4x400m relay. The women's distance and mid-distance groups all had exceptional performances and seem to be coming into form as well. Katie Hirko (Oley, Pa.) seems to be making a nice comeback after going through some tough times over the last year or so.”
“On the men's side Matthew Moore finished fourth in the finals of a very strong 60m dash. He is ready for a big drop, and it's coming at the right time. Ben Johnson and Jacob Dunlap (Fulks Run, Va.) continue to improve every week and are in position to make an impact in the throws at the conference meet in two weeks. Just like the women, the men's distance and mid-distance runners had quite a few personal best performances with several guys moving up the conference list. Most notably, Thomas Miller and Adam Bradtmueller led the group. The men rounded off the meet with a 2.5 second improvement in the 4x400m relay.”
“We have made very good progress over the last two meets, and we are looking forward to hosting the SoCon Championships on February 25-26. We need to get a few people healthy and try to avoid the flu bug as we move forward to our next meet. The goal is to sharpen up and get ready to compete in two weeks.”
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