Personal records fall at Vertklasse Meeting
Personal records fall at Vertklasse Meeting
Saturday, March 23, 2019

ETSU track and field makes progress at High Point 

HIGH POINT, N.C. (March 23, 2019) – The ETSU Track and Field squad wrapped up competition at the Vertklasse Meeting at High Point University on Saturday, bringing a plethora of personal records back to Johnson City.

Track Highlights from Day Two

  • The men’s 800 meter saw three top ten finishers in the Blue and Gold, led by runner-up Matt Scarr (Wamberal, NSW, Australia) with a new personal record of 1:51.55. Khayvonn Benson (Marietta, Ga.) and Ben Varghese (Kinsport) placed eighth and ninth, respectively.
  • Multisport athlete Kashif Warren (Knoxville) dashed his way to a pair of PR’s in the men’s 100m (11.00) and men’s 200m (22.37) — finishing 13th of 50 athletes in the former.
  • The women’s track team set some personal bests, as well. Redshirt sophomore Vicki Franse (Clinton) was one of those, standing out in the women’s 400m with a new standard of 56.60.
  • ETSU had two top 10 finishers in the women’s 800m with Genevieve Schwarz (Oak Ridge) setting a new PR with a seventh place finish (2:13.58). Sophomore Heather Feuchtenberger (Elizabethton) rounded out the top 10 at 2:15.45.
  • The women’s 4x100 and 4x400 teams each turned in third place finishes, as seniors Lamisha Simmons (Hollywood, Fla.) and Kiana Davis (Ooltewah) were entries on both squads.


Field Highlights from Day Two

  • Redshirt senior Ben Johnson (Nashville) competed in multiple events, placing third in the men’s hammer and fifth in the men’s shot put with a season-best mark of 16.20m.
  • Following a personal best in yesterday’s long jump, senior Nyambi Shoates (Atlanta, Ga.) turned in another one in the women’s triple jump at 11.52m to finish sixth place.
  • Also competing in the women’s triple jump, sophomore Aliyah Hill (Snellville, Ga.) ranked fifth at 11.63m. Paige Peterson (Alpharetta, Ga.) was not far behind at 11.48m, cracking the top 10 in eighth place.
  • In the men’s triple jump, senior Yohana Koko (Alcoa) had the second best mark of the bunch at 13.88 meters. 
  • Sophomore Jaden Finch (Glen Aubrey, N.Y.) continued her strong start to the season with a personal best in the women’s hammer at 42.23 meters.
  • The final results of the heptathlon had debuting freshman Kennedi Johnson (Nashville) ranked sixth with 1565 points and sophomore Kendra Whitehurst (Atlanta) seventh at 1531. Whitehurst excelled in the women’s long jump with a second place finish for the bulk of her total.


Up Next

The Bucs plan to split squads for the first time this season, as one half of the team will compete at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla. on March 28-30.

Another group of Buccaneer athletes will travel to Raleigh, N.C. for the Raleigh Relays on March 29-30, hosted by NC State at the Dail Soccer/Track Complex.


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