JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 27, 2018) -- Seven victories and a slew of top ten performances headlined ETSU’s showing on the first day of the Tri-Star Classic at Kermit Tipton Stadium in Johnson City -- the Bucs’ first home outdoor meet since May of 2007.
Alyssa Whipkey (Pennsville, N.J.) gave ETSU its first win of the day with a distance of 138’ 2” (42.11m) in the women’s javelin. The April 11 Southern Conference Field Athlete of the Week was more than four feet better than the runner-up, and was one of three Bucs in the top ten. Sydney Hawks (Pearisburg, Va.) was 5th at 106’ 2” (32.35m) and Marabeth Clark (Maryville, Tenn.) was 10th at 84’ 2” (25.65m).
Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.), the reigning SoCon Men’s AOTW, was the class of the field in the men’s javelin. His throw of 201’ 6” came on his sixth and final attempt and was more than 31 feet better than the runner-up. (Johnson would also finish 4th in the shot put.)
Karon Delince (Phenix City, Ala.) topped the podium in the men’s long jump, with a winning leap of 22’8 ½” (6.92m).
ETSU swept both 3000 meter steeplechases on Friday. Macy Carrier (Bluff City, Tenn.) pulled away to claim the women’s race in a time of 11:11.32, while the men’s race went down to the wire. Louis Morris (Knoxville, Tenn.) broke the tape in 9:42.64, just .57 ahead of Philip Quillen of Anderson (S.C.). Junior James Garst (Jonesborough, Tenn.), running the first steeplechase of his college career, was 4th at 10:38.78.
Matthew Scarr (Wamberal, NSW, Australia) got the win in the men’s 1500, crossing the finish line in 3:55.93. Two other Bucs were in the top ten – Adam Bradtmueller (Sarasota, Fla.) was 4th in 4:01.93 and Haydn Borghetti-Metz (Rogersville, Tenn.) came in 6th at 4:09.88.
ETSU’s final victory of Friday came in the final event – the men’s 5000 meters – where freshman Ben Varghese (Kingsport, Tenn.) turned on a finishing kick to set a new PR of 14:27.71, eclipsing his old best by nearly 11 seconds. Malick Gemechu (Johnson City, Tenn.) was 4th in 14:46.27, Carl Oberfeitinger (Kingsport, Tenn.) was 5th in 15:35.69, and Nathan Longfellow (Cookeville, Tenn.) was 6th in 15:45.10
Four Bucs finished in the top ten in the women’s shot put. Freshman Symphony Buxton (Knoxville, Tenn.) was a close runner-up with a new personal-best of 44’ ¾” (13.43m), with Atlantis Warren (Memphis, Tenn.) in 6th at 37 3¾”/11.37m) and Jaden Finch (Glen Aubrey, N.Y.) 7th at 35’ 10 ½”/10.93m. Hawks claimed 10th at 31’ 1¾”/9.49m)
ETSU placed two in the top ten of the women’s long jump, featuring Kyra Atkins’ (Greer, S.C) runner-up leap of 19’ 2 ½” (5.85m), and Timia Easley (Columbus, Ohio) in 6th at 18’ 3 ¼” (5.57m). Kendra Whitehurst (Atlanta, Ga.) was 12th (17’ 2¾”/5.25m) and Nyambi Shoates (Atlanta, Ga.) 18th (15’ 10½”/4.84m), and Jazmin Lacy (Smyrna, Ga.) 20th (15’ 1½”/4.61m).
Three top-five results – including a podium spot -- came in the women’s 1500 meters. Lindsey Stallworth (Knoxville, Tenn.) was 3rd in 4:44.65, with Kaitlyn Lay (Knoxville, Tenn.) close behind in 4th in 4:47.58. Colbie Williamson (Clyde, N.C.) was 5th in 4:51.27.
Lindsay Bruce (Knoxville, Tenn.) paced the Bucs’ contingent in the women’s 5000 meters, finishing 7th with a time of 19:27.46. Mia DePillo (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was 13th in 20:25.50 and Makayla Shaw (Jonesborough, Tenn.) 14th in 20:55.05.
Saturday's second and final day of the Tri-Star Classic begins with the men's hammer throw at 9:00 am EDT. The first track event of the day is the women's 4 x 100 meter relay, starting at 1:30 pm. Tomorrow’s complete schedule can be found in the “Related Links” section above.
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