Raleigh Relays, Day 1: Johnson Sets Another Record
Raleigh Relays, Day 1: Johnson Sets Another Record
Friday, March 30, 2018

Reigning SoCon AOTW Sets New Program Mark in Discus

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 30, 2018) -- Another meet, another record.

ETSU standout Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) shattered his own school record in the discus on Friday, in the first day of the Raleigh Relays.

Johnson’s throw of 171’ 4” eclipsed his old program record – set at last year’s Southern Conference Championships -- by more than six feet and gave him a podium finish on Friday. Johnson was 3rd out of a field of 38 on a partly cloudy, 68-degree day at the Paul Derr Track in Raleigh, N.C.

Johnson broke ETSU records in the hammer thrown and the javelin in last week’s Weems Baskin Invitational, earning him SoCon Field Athlete of the Week honors this past Wednesday.

Johnson would finish 22nd in the shot put later on Friday. He’s scheduled to compete in the javelin and the hammer throw on Saturday.

Another podium result came from Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tenn.), who came in 3rd in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. The senior’s time of 8:53.55 was a personal best by more than six seconds.

In other results:

Matt Scarr (Wamberal, NSW, Australia) posted a new outdoor personal best time of 3:51.97 in the men’s 1500, finishing 42nd out of 91. Adam Bradtmueller (Sarasota, Fla.) also set an outdoor PR, crossing the line in 49th at 3:52.73.

Sophomore Malick Gemechu (Johnson City, Tenn.) broke his own personal best in the men’s 5000 by more than 12 seconds, with a time of 14:20.32 that placed him 26th in a field of 170. Ben Varghese (Kingsport, Tenn.) was 101st in 14:55.80

In the women’s 1500 meters, Emily Williams McElroy (Bristol, Tenn.) was 54th out of a field of 157 entrants at 4:35.20. Heather Feuchtenberger (Elizabethton, Tenn.) was 72nd at 4:37.86, setting a new outdoor personal best.

Senior Macy Carrier (Bluff City, Tenn.) was 107th out of 164 entrants in the women’s 5000 meters with a time of 17:49.72.


Johnson’s appearances in the javelin and hammer begin a light schedule for ETSU on Saturday’s final day of the Raleigh Relays. The Bucs are also scheduled to compete in both 4 x 800 relays.


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