Bucs open strong on first day of Gamecock Inaugural
Bucs open strong on first day of Gamecock Inaugural
Friday, January 18, 2019

ETSU sweeps the men’s and women’s mile; Buccaneer freshman wins first-ever event held in new facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 18, 2019) – The first road meet of the season was a successful one for the ETSU track and field team, as the Bucs helped the University of South Carolina open its brand new indoor track and field complex on Friday.

The Bucs garnered a handful of victories against a tough field and set some early facility records in track events. ETSU also has the distinction of winning the first event in facility history at the new South Carolina Indoor Track & Field Complex, as freshman Lanaya Martin (Columbia, S.C.) won the 60 meter dash open in her hometown with a time of 7.83.

Track Highlights from Day One

  • The Bucs took two of the top three spots in the women’s mile, as sophomore Lindsey Stallworth (Knoxville, Tenn.) and freshman Genevieve Schwarz (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) took first place and third place, respectively. Today marked Stallworth’s second win in a row with a time of 4:58.84. Schawrz finished eight seconds behind at 5:06.83.
  • Reigning SoCon Men’s Track Athlete of the Week Ben Varghese (Kingsport, Tenn.) once again broke the tape in the men’s 3000m with a time of 8:17.07. Senior James Garst (Jonesborough, Tenn.) was sixth with a new PR of 8:46.89.
  • ETSU also collected gold in the men’s mile as senior Adam Bradtmueller (Sarasota, Fla.) eked out a win in the final split to finish with a time of 4:14.94, edging Charleston Southern’s Jaymee Domoney at 4:15.42.
  • Two other Bucs cracked the top 10 in the field of 67, as junior Noah Charles (Johnson City, Tenn.) placed fifth and sophomore Matthew Scarr (Wamberal, NSW, Australia) finished eighth. Junior Josh Routh (Gray, Tenn.) finished 11th only about seven seconds off the lead time.
  • A key moment late in the day for ETSU came in the women’s 60 meter hurdles prelims as senior Lamisha Simmons (Hollywood, Fla.) qualified for the finals on Saturday with a time of 8.66. 
  • As mentioned above, freshman Lanaya Martin (Columbia, S.C.) opened the day with a win in the 60 meter dash open while also finishing the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.72. Martin has competed in both events two weekends in a row.
  • In the women’s 1600m relay, ETSU’s B team of Martin, Mekayla Brown (Elgin, S.C.), Neyasha Honorable (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Paige Peterson (Alpharetta, Ga.) finished fourth place, clocking in at 4:06.66.
  • In the 60 meter dash invite, senior Kiana Davis (Ooltewah, Tenn.) ran a 7.70 time. In the men’s invite, sophomore Karon Delince (Phenix City, Ala.) finished at 6.91. Both finished in 14th place in the prelims.
  • The trio of sophomore Makayla Shaw (Jonesborough, Tenn.), freshman Shila Kapaya (Knoxvillle, Tenn.) and junior Mia Depillo (Fort Wayne, Ind.) each ran in the women’s 3K and cracked the top-20 with new personal records. Shaw and Kapaya placed 12th and 13th with respective times of 10:37.75 and 10:38.51, while DePillo finished 17th at 10:48.35.

Field Highlights from Day One

  • Local freshman Noah Shelton (Gray, Tenn.) took a leap in the men’s high jump, erasing his 1.85m mark from last week to clear the bar at 1.93m (6’4”). Only two of nine competitors in the event advanced past the 1.93m level 
  • Senior Nyambi Shoates (Atlanta, Ga.) competed in the long jump and led after the first attempt with a mark of 5.31m. She would go on to finish third in her 2019 debut.
  • Earlier in the day, sophomore Jaden Finch (Glen Aubrey, NY) competed in the weight throw open and just missed her personal best by 0.04m with a throw of 14.74m. Her mark placed third among her field.
  • Freshman Mekayla Brown (Elgin, S.C.) dual-evented in the women’s open triple jumps and long jumps. In the triple jump, Brown had the second-best mark at 11.65m. The freshman then cleared the bar in her first two attempts in the high jump with a mark of 1.52m to tie for fourth in the field.
  • In the men’s weight throw open, freshman Kolin Miller (Lebanon, Tenn.) finished fifth with a toss of 14.20m, owning the third-best mark after his first attempt.

The Bucs begin Day Two of the Gamecock Inaugural tomorrow at 10 a.m. as Kyle Noe (Maryville, Tenn.) will compete in the men's 200 meter dash. For a full schedule, visit the link on the right side of the page.

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