Bucs set new records in first day of invitational
Bucs set new records in first day of invitational
Friday, February 2, 2018

Johnson, women’s distance medley relay each shatter program records 

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 2, 2018) – A successful day one at the Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational ended Friday evening in the Dome with multiple personal records and two new school records.

Senior thrower Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) broke his own school record for the third meet in a row, this time exceeding it by over a meter at 21.39m. His throw not only breaks an all-time school and meet record, but also enters in as the No. 15 collegiate mark in the nation.

The women’s distance medley relay team of Emily Williams-McElroy (Bristol, Tenn.), Jessica Lord (Morristown, Tenn.), Heather Feuchtenberger (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and Kaitlyn Lay (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished first with a time of 11:56.63, breaking an ETSU school record. The previous record was set in 1998 at 11:58.99.

Moments later, the men’s DMR team capped the sweep as the team of Hadyn Borghetti-Metz (Rogersville, Tenn.), Harper Sigler (Bogart, Ga.), Matt Scarr (Wamberal, NSW, Australia) and Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tenn.) finished first at 10:05.41, winning by nearly 25 seconds.

ETSU Director of Track and Field George Watts said he was impressed with the overall results from today’s meet.

“Todays meet went very well for both teams as we had outstanding performances from several individuals and relays,” Watts said. “We had quite a few personal bests and finalists for tomorrows races. I look forward to seeing how the team performs on Day Two.”


More Highlights from Day One

  • Freshman Ben Varghese (Kingsport, Tenn.) turned in a solid collegiate debut in the 5000m run event, finishing first by a wide margin. His time of 14:32.05 broke the previous all-time meet record of 14:53.06. He was the only runner to finish in under 15:00.
  • Also, ETSU took four of the top five spots in the 5K, as Malick Gemechu (Johnson City, Tenn.) finished at 15:07.18 for second, Carl Oberfeitinger (Kingsport, Tenn.) took third at 15:10.94 and Nick Horne (Blountville, Tenn.) placed fifth with his 15:20.21 finish.
  • In the women’s 60 meter hurdles semifinal, juniors Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) and Lamisha Simmons (Hollywood, Fla.) qualified for tomorrow’s final with the top two times, respectively, finishing at 8.50 and 8.76. Tomorrow’s final takes place at 2 p.m. 
  • Fellow junior Kiana Davis (Ooltewah, Tenn.) also qualified for a Day Two final, as her 60 meter dash time of 7.71 assured her place in tomorrow’s final. 
  • In his second collegiate meet, freshman Karon Delince (Phenix City, Ala.) qualified for the men’s 60m dash final with a time of 6.87 and also competed in men’s long jump, placing third at 7.26m. His sprint final takes place at 3:03 p.m. tomorrow.
  • In the women’s weight throw final, freshman Camryn Bowman (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) led the Bucs in fourth place at 16.09m, while junior Margaret Hayden (Ballymore Eustace, Kildare, Ireland) set her personal best with 14.60m to place eighth.
  • Senior Timia Easley (Columbus, Ohio) competed at home for the first time this season, placing third in the women’s long jump at 5.66m. Atkins just missed her mark, trailing in fourth at 5.65m.
  • The women’s 200m dash took place later in the day, as Simmons again qualified for a day two final with a time of 25.32. Her final takes place tomorrow at 3:55 p.m.


Thoughts from Coach Watts

On Johnson’s record throw: "Certainly the highlight of the entire meet today was Ben Johnson's toss in the 35 pound weight throw. He shattered his school record by almost four feet, set a meet record and positioned himself to have a shot at qualifying for the NCAA Championships. It's just amazing what he has accomplished in a short period of time in the throwing events.”

On distance medley relay success: "Other fine performances included the wins and meet records by the men's and women's teams in the distance medley relay. The women also established a new school record that was 20 years old."

For a full schedule of the meet and results from the ETSU Track and Field Invitational, use the links on the right side of this page.

As part of tomorrow’s festivities, ETSU will honor its 16 seniors performing for the last time inside the Dome at 1:30 p.m. with a special recognition program.

Near the end of the meet, the officials will announce the Athlete of the Meet Awards. Four honorees, two males and two females from running events and field events, will receive the award based on performance in the two-day meet.

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