ETSU to host Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational
ETSU to host Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Bucs prepare for final indoor home meet, senior recognition

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 1, 2018) – With indoor track and field season in full swing, the ETSU athletes will complete its final indoor home meet of the season this weekend, Feb. 2-3, inside the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletics Center.

As part of this weekend’s festivities, ETSU track and field will honor 16 of its athletes competing for the final time inside the Dome. This event will take place Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m. This recognition period will follow the men’s 800m and precede the women’s 60m hurdles final.

The Buccaneer Track and Field invitational will consist of over 30 universities competing, including the home-standing Buccaneers. This event follows the similarly formatted “ETSU Track and Field Invitational” that took place Jan. 12-13 to open the season.

“At our team meeting this week, I discussed with our teams the importance of having a solid meet this weekend and next,” said ETSU Director of Track and Field George Watts. “We have positioned ourselves well on the conference lists, and our goal over the next two meets is to add some names to the top ten and to move up the rankings, as well.”

The Bucs hope to have approximately 45 athletes compete throughout the weekend. Among those, the reigning SoCon men’s field and women’s track athletes of the week, Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) and Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.), will hope to duplicate and possibly exceed their results from last week’s VMI Team Challenge.

Another athlete to watch for this weekend is true freshman thrower Symphony Buxton (Knoxville, Tenn.). Buxton, who has finished first in the women’s shot put twice in two attempts to begin her collegiate career, will compete in the women’s weight and shot put again this weekend.

On the male side, senior Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tenn.) owns two top-finishes so far this season, including last week’s victory in the VMI Team Challenge 3k. Roberts is registered to compete in Saturday’s men’s mile, along with four other Bucs.

Watts said hosting a second meet before permanently traveling the rest of indoor season will benefit the ETSU athletes in multiple ways.

“It's always great to host a meet, as it definitely gives the kids a little more motivation and takes the pressure off from having to travel,” Watts said. “We need to keep our kids healthy and won't take any unnecessary risks this weekend.”

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