JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 16, 2020) – In a season that will go down as one of a kind, ETSU’s cross country and track and field teams took a look back on an unprecedented 2019-20 season last Sunday at their annual awards ceremony.
“This is our 6th year of presenting awards to recognize our athletes for their accomplishments during the previous track and field seasons and the second year for cross country,” said Director of XC/Track and Field George Watts. “This past year was a little different for track and field since we only had the indoor season to choose from. We briefly considered not doing the awards for that reason, but we felt we accomplished a lot during the indoor season and our kids deserved the recognition.”
In the fall season, the women’s cross country team highlighted their season with a first place team finish at the Greater Louisville Classic out of 62 teams. The men’s team also competed at a high level, with four top-five finishes in their first five meets. Johnson City played host to the Southern Conference Championships, where the Bucs honored and celebrated with returning alums by grabbing second and fourth-place finishes from the men’s and women’s teams, respectively.
“We enjoyed the opportunity to host the Cross Country Championship,” said Watts. With help from many people and departments, we put on an outstanding meet, and also had a wonderful turnout from our alumni.”
Highlighting the successful indoor track and field season were three Southern Conference championships, a conference and school record and a facility-best mark. Amongst the individual accolades, the women’s track and field team cemented their place comfortably as SoCon runner-ups, while 14 freshmen made the SoCon All-Freshman Team. The accomplishments came off the track as well, both teams earning a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team selection while Mekayla Brown (Elgin, S.C.) and Nicole Johnson (Chattanooga, Tenn.) were individual recipients of the academic award.
“I think this year's recipients were as deserving as any and we had some great highlights, especially at the Southern Conference Championship,” Watts continued. “I think one of the great highlights at the Indoor Conference Championship was the record setting performance by Nicole Johnson in the 60m dash. She set a school and conference record in her very first SoCon meet.”
2019 CROSS COUNTRY AWARDS AND RECORDS
Most Valuable Runner
Women Heather Feuchtenberger
Men Ben Varghese
Most Improved Runner
Women Genevieve Schwarz
Men Adam Bradtmueller
2020 TRACK & FIELD AWARDS AND RECORDS
School Records: Indoor Track & Field
60m Dash -- 7.40s Nicole Johnson
Women Neyasha Honorable, Atlantis Warren
Men Josh Routh
Senior Academic Achievement Award
Women Emily Lord
Men Josh Routh
Best Newcomer Award
Women Kennedie Carithers
Men Miguel Parrilla
Most Improved Athlete
Women Kendra Whitehurst
Men Zach Fejeran
Buccaneer Award (Toughest Competitor)
Women Aliyah Hill
Men Malick Gemechu
David E. Walker Most Valuable Athlete
Women Mekayla Brown
Men Matt Scarr
Performance of the Year
Women: Southern Conference Indoor Nicole Johnson
60 Meter Dash – Conference Champion
Conference & School Record: 7.40s
Men: Music City Classic Matt Scarr
3000 Meter Run – 8:12.78
“I look forward to some great performances in 2021,” said Watts. “No matter when the opportunity presents itself, our student-athletes plan to be ready to compete at their highest level,” concluded Watts.
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