Track & Field to compete at Florida Relays, VertKlasse Meeting
Track & Field to compete at Florida Relays, VertKlasse Meeting
Thursday, March 30, 2017

ETSU will compete against 11 nationally ranked teams at the Florida Relays

JOHNSON CITY, TENN.  (March 30, 2017) – For the second weekend in a row the ETSU Track & Field program will compete in split-squad competition at the 2017 Pepsi Florida Relays and the ninth annual VertKlasse Meeting, March 31-April 1.

Held on the campus of the University of Florida at James G. Pressley Stadium at Percy Beard Track, the 2017 Pepsi Florida Relays will present the Bucs with the opportunity to go up against some of the nation’s top athletes in one of the premier outdoor track & field meets. For ETSU, the meet will begin on Friday, March 31 at 12:00 p.m. with the women’s hammer throw.

At the meet a year ago, sophomore Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C) and senior Michael Williams (Mt.Laurel, N.J.) each posted collegiate best times in their respective events. Atkins recorded a time of 13.58 in the 100m hurdles while Williams ran a personal best time of 51.61 in the 400mH.  

The ninth annual VertKlasse Meeting is held on the campus of High Point University at Vert Stadium, March 31-April 1. The meet begins in the field at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31 with the women’s javelin.

Last season, ETSU had eight athletes finish in the top ten in their events on day two of the meet including sophomore Kiana Davis (Ooltewah, Tenn.) placing fourth in the 400m dash with a personal best time of 58.66.

In the field at the VertKlasse Meeting, senior Brett Squibbs (Rock Hill, S.C.) placed fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 4.92m (16’ 1.75”).

It’s the second straight weekend the Bucs have competed in split-squad competition, doing so last weekend at the Raleigh Relays and Weems Baskin Invitational. On the final day of the Weems Baskin Invitational, ETSU saw 11 personal best marks along with Squibbs and Atkins earning individual titles in the men’s pole vault and 100mH.

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