Johnson earns Athlete of the Meet honors, multiple Bucs win events
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 13, 2018) – The ETSU track and field team wrapped up its indoor opener Saturday evening in Johnson City, with individual and team victories capping the meet successfully.
The highlight of the day came at the end, as junior Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) took home one of four “Athlete of the Meet” awards, given to two male and two female athletes who had the strongest outings in either track or field events.
In Friday’s men’s weight throw, Johnson broke a personal and school record by nearly a meter, blowing out the competition with a 19.86m throw. Saturday, Johnson finished eighth in the men’s shot put with a 14.55m mark.
"We had another strong showing today at the ETSU Track and Field Invitational,” said ETSU head coach George Watts. “Lamisha Simmons was our first winner of the day with a strong showing in the 60 meter hurdles. It was great to see both the men's and women's DMR victorious with strong legs from all four runners. We topped it off with a big win in the last contested event of the day as freshman Symphony Buxton won the women's shot put.”
Watts said the results from this weekend’s invitational go beyond what meets the eye.
“As always, there are ‘hidden’ results where we had athletes earn personal bests or perhaps made a final for the first time in their career,” he said. “Along with those performances, we had several kids earn top three finishes. We need both the big places and those depth points to have a chance to do well in conference championships.”
Day Two Track Highlights
- Junior Lamisha Simmons (Hollywood, Fla.) built on her 60mH preliminary time from Friday, finishing first in the final with a time of 8.71 to lead both the prelims and the event that counted.
- Also, fellow junior Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) turned in a strong individual performance with a second place finish in the women’s 60m dash at 7.67.
- As a team, the Bucs would take home two more first-place victories. The men and women each placed first in the 4000m DMR, distancing themselves from the competition by a combined 11.61 seconds from second place.
- The women’s DMR team of Heather Feuchtenberger (Elizabethton, Tenn.), Jazmin Lacy (Smyrna, Ga.), Aubree Collins (Atlanta, Ga.) and Emily Williams-McElroy (Bristol, Tenn.) finished with a 12:19.05 time, beating second place Coastal Carolina who finished at 12:28.46.
- Representing the ETSU men’s DMR team were seniors Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tenn.) and Hadyn Borghetti-Metz (Rogersville, Tenn.) along with sophomores Adam Bradtmueller (Sarasota, Fla.) and Noah Charles (Johnson City, Tenn.). The four finished with a time of 10:16.02 to edge High Point’s team by over two seconds.
- Prior to the DMR victories, senior Macy Carrier (Bluff City, Tenn.) finished fourth in the women’s 3K at 10:30.73, beating out 39 other athletes in the event.
- The men’s 3K produced five ETSU participants who finished in the top-third of a 61-athlete field. Freshman Ben Varghese (Kingsport, Tenn.) turned in the highest finish of the group at 8:36.38. Bradtmueller trailed not too far behind in sixth with an 8:40.38 time.
- Seeing her first collegiate track action, freshman Colbie Williamson (Clyde, N.C.) picked up a ninth place overall finish and second place section finish in the women’s indoor mile with a time of 5:23.38.
- Three Buccaneers finished in the top ten of the men’s mile, including a second place finish for Roberts with a time of 4:13.47.
- After qualifying yesterday for the 200m run final, junior Kiana Davis (Ooltewah, Tenn.) finished fourth with a time of 25.11.
Day Two Field Highlights
- In her collegiate debut, freshman Symphony Buxton (Knoxville, Tenn.) won the women’s shot put with a mark of exactly 13.00m to set her collegiate best. Buxton out-threw 41 other athletes in taking the top spot.
- Also cracking the top 20 in the women’s shot put, freshmen Camryn Bowman (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) and Jaden Finch (Glen Aubrey, N.Y.) produced marks of 11.60m and 11.32m, respectively.
- Junior Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) placed fifth in the long jump out of 38 athletes, finishing with a 5.66m mark.
- Sophomore Jordan Scott (Friendsville, Tenn.) made his return to action in this meet after taking a redshirt season, participating in the high jump for ETSU and marking out at 1.93m.
- As mentioned before, Johnson capped off his MVP-worthy performance with an eighth place finish in the shot put with a mark of 14.55m.
Final Thoughts from Coach Watts
“We have a lot kids that want to contribute and do well for the team,” Watts said. “Whereas we had a few kids not perform up to their own expectations, they need to understand it's the first meet of the season, and their hard work and talent will pay off in the long run.”
“Finally, I want to once again thank our officials and alum who are officials for their hard work throughout the weekend. We couldn't do (this event) without them.”
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