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Men and women each break two A-Sun Meet records; women earn best-ever finish
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 23, 2013) – The ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams had some record-breaking performances on day two of the 2013 Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships, breaking four meet records as both the men and women finished in second place.
The ETSU men totaled 184 points to finish runner-up to champion Kennesaw State for the second year in a row. The Owls totaled 228.50 points to win by 44.5 – the largest margin of victory in A-Sun history. Not to go unnoticed were new A-Sun meet and ETSU indoor records set by both K’Vonte Scott (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Ifrish Albeg (Paramaribo, Suriname). Scott won five legs of the heptathlon to total a record 5,160 points and win gold, while Alberg beat his record time set Friday to take gold at a 6.68 clip.
The ETSU women earned their best placing in the eight-year history of the A-Sun Indoor Championships. The Buccaneer women totaled 127.50 points – their best-ever point total – to finish in second place behind eight-time defending champion Jacksonville. The Dolphins won the meet with 173 points. Breaking individual records were Emani Harrison (Columbia, S.C.) and Kelly Monteleone (Pittsburgh). Harrison tore down the A-Sun meet and ETSU indoor records in the 60m dash with a gold-medal time of 7.49, while Montelone set the new A-Sun meet record in the triple jump with a leap of 12.54m to earn her gold.
"Overall, I am pleased with the combined efforts of the women's and men's teams," Director of ETSU Track & Field/Cross Country George Watts said. "Winning is a lot more fun than finishing second, but we scored right at the total I had charted prior to the meet. We had many more ups than downs and it showed in the number of champions and medal-winners we had.
"We set several meet records and had many personal bests, which is what you are supposed to do in championship meets. We had 16 women (out of 25) and 24 men (out of 31) score in the meet. More impressively we scored in a combined 33 of 34 events in the meet.
"Our goal moving forward is to win championships and qualify people for the NCAA meet. We have several athletes that will compete next weekend in the hopes of earning a slot for the NCAA Championships."
Also medaling on the women’s side was junior Lexie Burley (Johnson City, Tenn.), who earned bronze in the triple jump at 12.19m.
The men took home plenty of medals, although, each one of them would have traded it in for a team championship. The men’s third individual champion on the day was Tim O’Dell (Palm Coast, Fla.), who won yet another A-Sun 400m with a time of 48.66. Jason Johnson (Philadelphia) earned silver in the triple jump behind KSU’s Andre Dorsey, leaping 14.77m. Another silver went to Filip Jalovy (Modrice, Czech Republic), as he timed a 1:52.99 in the 800m run. Jalovy also earned a bronze medal in the mile at 4:18.18.
Other bronze-medal winners were Avery Hall (Bristol, Tenn.), Ryan Jones (Apopka, Fla.), Desmond Pierce (Morristown, Tenn.) and O’Dell, each taking part in the 4x400m relay and timing in at 3:19.51. Sophomore Evaristo Valls (Elche, Spain) took bronze in the heptathlon with 4,758 points.
"I would also like to congratulate our highest point scorers on both the men's and women's sides. Kelly Monteleone had 15 points and Filip Jalovy had 21 points."
ETSU Notables Men - FinalsK’Vonte Scott – Heptathlon – 5,160 Points* – 1st Place; 60mH – 8.48 – 5th Place *A-Sun Championship Meet and ETSU Indoor RecordsIfrish Alberg – 60m Dash – 6.68* – 1st Place; 200m – 22.07 – 7th Place *A-Sun Championship Meet and ETSU Indoor RecordsTim O’Dell – 400m Dash – 48.66 – 1st PlaceJason Johnson – Triple Jump – 14.77m – 2nd PlaceEvaristo Valls - Heptathlon - 4,758 Points - 3rd PlaceFilip Jalovy – 800m Run – 1:52.99 – 2nd Place; Mile – 4:18.18 – 3rd PlaceRashad Campbell – 60m Dash – 6.78 – 2nd Place; 200m – 21.77 – 3rd PlaceHall, Jones, O’Dell, Pierce – 4x400m Relay – 3:19.51 – 3rd PlaceDiego Lawrence – 60m Dash – 6.87 – 3rd Place; 200m – 21.82 – 5th PlaceTyler Stepp – High Jump – 2.00m – 4th PlaceAngus Baldwin – Mile Run – 4:18.76 – 4th PlaceGraham Boone –Triple Jump – 14.34m – 5th PlaceRyan Jones – 800m Run – 1:53.71 – 5th PlaceAnders Ludvigsen – 5K – 14:57.46 – 5th PlaceJustin Haston – Triple Jump – 14.23m – 6th PlaceDesmond Pierce – 800m Run – 1:54.58 – 6th PlaceAntony Goins – 60m Dash – 6.91 – 6th PlaceAdam Chase – Mile Run – 4:21.13 – 6th PlaceJustin Harris – Weight Throw – 13.41m – 6th PlaceJames Miller – Mile Run – 4:24.80 – 7th PlaceRichie Lovell – Weight Throw – 12.81m – 7th Place Women - FinalsEmani Harrison – 60m Dash – 7.49* - 1st Place; 200m Dash – 24.75 – 8th Place *A-Sun Championship Meet and ETSU Indoor RecordsKelly Monteleone – Triple Jump – 12.54m* – 1st Place *A-Sun Championship Meet RecordLexie Burley – Triple Jump – 12.19m – 3rd PlaceNicole Alexander – 60mH – 9.00 – 4th PlaceChelsea Clark – Mile Run – 4:57.96 – 4th PlaceAshley Kessler – Pole Vault – 3.37m – 4th PlaceKeturah Williams – 60m Dash – 7.55 – 4th Place; 200m Dash – 24.87 – 5th PlaceCourtney Kinlaw – 60m Dash – 7.62 – 5th PlaceKarissa Bertling – 400m Dash – 57.62 – 5th Place; 200m Dash – 24.73 – 7th PlaceLindsey Kessler – Pole Vault – 3.22m – 6th PlaceKatie Hirko – 5K – 17:58.22 – 8th PlaceMelissa Peters – 800m Run – 2:18.26 – 8th Place
The men’s and women’s track and field teams conclude the regular indoor season next weekend at the Virginia Tech Last Chance Qualifiers. The Bucs hope to qualify more competitors for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which take place March 8-9 at the Randal Tyson Track in Fayetteville, Ark.
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