Johnson makes history as Bucs finish SoCon Championship
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Johnson makes history as Bucs finish SoCon Championship
Sunday, April 28, 2019

Redshirt senior breaks SoCon men’s discus record for third title

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 28, 2019) – The ETSU track and field team finished competition at the 2019 Southern Conference Outdoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on a historic Sunday afternoon.

The highlight of the day came from redshirt senior Ben Johnson (Nashville) winning his third conference championship of the meet. He not only took another gold with a personal record in the men’s discus, but also broke the Southern Conference record by over two meters at 54.53m (178’ 11”). He also shattered both the discus and outdoor shot put school records in Birmingham.

For his efforts, Johnson added another trophy to his large collection as he was named the Men’s Most Outstanding Athlete after the meet.

After leading the first day, ETSU’s men finished third in the team standings with 136 points. The women’s team finished fourth with exactly 100 points — doing 82 percent of their scoring the final day to work up the standings.


Men’s results – Final

  1. Western Carolina – 186 points
  2. Samford – 169
  3. ETSU – 136
  4. Wofford – 91
  5. Furman – 88
  6. The Citadel – 74
  7. VMI – 65
  8. UNC Greensboro – 5 


Women’s results – Final

  • 1. Samford – 228 points
  • 2. Wofford – 126
  • 3. Western Carolina – 119
  • 4. ETSU – 100
  • 5. Furman – 91
  • 6. Mercer – 70
  • T7. VMI and The Citadel – 31
  • 9. Chattanooga – 15
  • 10. UNC Greensboro – 8


Track Highlights from Day Two

  • Senior Kiana Davis (Ooltewah) earned silver in both the women’s 100 and 200 meter dashes, missing gold by a tenth of a second in each event. Her 200 time was a new personal record, while the 100 time matched her previous PR of 11.67.
  • Sophomore Karon Delince (Phenix City, Ala.) picked up his second medal of the meet in the men’s 100 with a third place time of 10.79. Redshirt freshman Kashif Warren (Knoxville) scored in the 100 and 200, placing fourth and sixth, respectively.
  • Junior Khayvonn Benson (Marietta, Ga.) earned silver in the men’s 800 meter run finals with a new personal best of 1:52.38. Sophomore Matthew Scarr (Wamberal, NSW, Australia) had four points with a fifth place finish. 
  • Senior Lamisha Simmons (Hollywood, Fla.) had a podium finish in the women’s 100 meter hurdles, landing third for a bronze medal and six points.
  • Rounding out the podium finishes, ETSU’s women’s 4x100 team placed second with a time of 45.76 and third in the men’s 4x100 at 41.38.
  • Other dash scorers included Starr Graham (Alpharetta, Ga.) in the women’s 200 (7th), Vicki Franse (Clinton) in the women’s 400 (7th) and Hunter Sampson (Salem, Va.) in the men’s 400 (8th).
  • ETSU had three scorers in the men’s 1500m with Scarr leading with way in fourth place. Benson and Wes Pectol (Greeneville) combined for six points with top-eight finishes.
  • Sophomore Lindsey Stallworth (Knoxville) finished sixth in the women’s 1500m to add three points for the women, trimming nearly five seconds off her prelim time.
  • Sophomore Heather Feuchtenberger (Elizabethton) eclipsed yesterday’s qualifying time in the women’s 800 final by over two seconds, scoring four points with a new PR for fifth place. Freshman Genevieve Schwarz (Oak Ridge) also scored with a seventh place finish.
  • Setting a new personal record in the 400 meter hurdles, freshman Britney Griffith (Kingsport) scored two more points for the Blue and Gold to finish seventh. 
  • Three Bucs scored in the men’s 5K, led by Ben Varghese (Kingsport) in sixth. Noah Charles (Johnson City) placed seventh, following his conference title in the 3K steeplechase, and Ben O’Connor (Statesville, N.C.) finished eighth.


Field Highlights from Day Two

  • As mentioned, Ben Johnson won three of the four men’s throwing events for three gold medals. His SoCon record mark of 54.53 meters puts him 64th nationally.
  • Johnson ended with 18 points Sunday, earning silver in the men’s shot put at 16.78m, slightly missing the first place mark of 16.79m for a clean sweep of the throws. The mark was also a new school record and personal record.
  • Senior Yohana Koko (Alcoa) picked up silver in the men’s triple jump, shattering his personal best with a leap of 15.10 meters.
  • Versatile freshman Mekayla Brown (Elgin, S.C.) led a group of four Bucs that scored in the women’s triple jump with a podium finish. She earned bronze with a mark of 11.91 meters.
  • Right behind Brown, sophomore Aliyah Hill (Snellville, Ga.) finished fourth, junior Paige Peterson (Alpharetta, Ga.) placed sixth and senior Nyambi Shoates (Atlanta, Ga.) ended in seventh. The group scored 16 combined points. 
  • Two Bucs scored in the women’s discus with Lamisha Simmons racking up five points in fourth place and Jaden Finch (Glen Aubrey, N.Y.) placing fifth for four points.
  • Sophomore Symphony Buxton (Knoxville) performed for the Blue and Gold in the women’s shot put, placing fourth at 13.56 meters. Finch also scored in the event, placing sixth with a new personal best of 13.12m to shatter her previous best of 12.64m.
  • Freshman Noah Shelton (Gray) scored in the men’s high jump, clearing the bar at 1.93 meters for eighth place.


ETSU’s SoCon All-Freshmen — Final

  • Seth Bowden — Men’s 10,000m run, men’s 5000m run
  • Kolin Miller — Men’s hammer, men’s discus
  • Zachary Fejeran — Men’s hammer, men’s discus
  • Noah Shelton — Men’s javelin
  • Zach Johnson — Men’s 3000m steeplechase
  • Khiara White — Women’s long jump
  • Mekayla Brown — Women’s 100m dash, women’s triple jump
  • Genevieve Schwarz — Women’s 800m run
  • Britney Griffith — Women’s 400m hurdles
  • Johnaida Eliscar — Women’s 200m dash


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