ETSU Track and Field opens season at home this weekend
ETSU Track and Field opens season at home this weekend
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Bucs host ETSU Track & Field Invitational Jan. 14-15

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 13, 2022) – The ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams open the 2022 indoor season this weekend as the Buccaneers host the ETSU Track and Field Invitational.

ABOUT THE MEET

  • The ETSU Track and Field Invitational is the first of two home meets the Bucs are hosting this indoor season. The meet will be held Friday and Saturday inside the Mini Dome.
  • Friday’s schedule gets underway at 8:45 a.m. with the women’s weight throw, while running events begin Friday at 10:15 a.m. with the women’s 60m hurdles.
  • Saturday’s events start at 8:35 a.m. with the women’s 3000m run with the field events taking place at Noon with the men’s long jump.
  • In addition to the collegiate events, a high school meet will also be held this weekend inside the Dome.
  • Fifteen teams with a total of 578 athletes will be competing this weekend in Johnson City.
  • Please click here for a full meet schedule. Live scoring will be provided via com.
  • Tickets for each day will be $5.

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S TEAM

  • On the women’s side, the Bucs will have 30 student-athletes competing this weekend ranging over 14 different events.
  • Genevieve Schwarz (Oak Ridge, Tenn.), the reigning conference champion in the 3000m, will be running the women’s mile, along with two-time NCAA Cross Country Championship participant Lindsey Stallworth (Knoxville, Tenn.) … Schwarz held the Bucs’ top time in the mile last season when she set a personal best at the Music City Challenge with a time of 4:53.61 … Schwarz and Stallworth will also run in the 4x800m.
  • Mekayla Brown (Elgin, S.C.), the 2020 SoCon triple jump champion, will be featured in both the 60m and 200m events … Brown earned a podium finish in the 60m at last year’s SoCon Championship where she placed second (7.62), while setting a personal best time of 7.53 in the prelims … Brown’s fastest collegiate time in the 200m came at the 2020 ETSU Track & Field Invitational where she clocked in at 25.95.
  • Symphony Buxton (Knoxville, Tenn.) will be action for the first time in nearly two years as she will compete in both the weight throw and shot put … Buxton is the ETSU record holder in weight throw with a mark of 18.49m (60’8’) – set at the 2019 SoCon Championships – where she finished runner-up.
  • Lindsay Cooper (Charlotte, N.C.), a SoCon all-freshman team selection in the 60mH and 400m a year ago, will be showcased in the 60m and 800m … Cooper won the prelims of the 60mH a year ago at the conference championship before finishing third with a personal record of 8.55, while she also placed third in the 400m (57.29) and ran a leg on the 4x400m relay, which finished runner-up.
  • Anna Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) also earned SoCon all-freshman team honors as she received the accolade in the weight throw a year ago … Moore set a personal record in the event at the conference meet with a toss of 12.82m (42’0.75”) … Moore will join Buxton in the weight throw this weekend.

COACH WATTS ON THE WOMEN’S TEAM

Our women's team has a chance to be pretty good this year. The most important thing is to come out of each meet as healthy as we went in.  This weekend's meet is a little lower key than in the past, but I think that will benefit this team.  We do have some people sitting out due to injury and illness, but I'm looking forward to seeing how well we compete with the group we are entering. It's always interesting to see how the new kids compete, and this year's group of athletes is no different. I think we can come away with some podium finishes and that is a major goal at every meet. 

ABOUT THE MEN’S TEAM

  • On the men’s side, the Bucs will have 16 student-athletes competing this weekend ranging over 10 different events.
  • Phelani Maduwa (Parys, Free State, South Africa), who earned a podium finish at last year’s conference meet in the 800m and ran in the third-place DMR team, will be in action this weekend in the 800m and 4x800m relay.
  • A pair of SoCon all-freshman team selections in Malachi Thomas (Chilhowie, Virginia) and Evan Guzman (Franklin, Tenn.) will also be competing in the season opener … Thomas earned the accolade in the high jump a year ago, while Guzman picked up his award in the mile.
  • Thomas will be running in the 60m this weekend, while Guzman will be featured in both the mile and 4x800m relay. Guzman joined Maduwa on the Bucs’ DMR team that finished third last season at the SoCon Championships.
  • The mile will be a loaded event for the Blue and Gold as they have seven student-athletes running – including Guzman and Myles Stoots (Mobile, Ala.) – who both earned all-conference honors in cross country this fall.
  • Miguel Parrilla (Knoxville, Tenn.), who won the prelims in the 800m at last year’s SoCon meet, will be running in the 400m as well as in the 4x800m relay.
  • The throws will consist of Noah Shelton (Gray, Tenn.) and Zach Fejeran (Tazewell, Tenn.) … Shelton will participate in the weight throw – where he placed fourth at the conference meet a year ago – and Fejeran will be in both the weight and shot put.

COACH WATTS ON THE MEN’S TEAM

The men's team will be lacking some depth this weekend as we have about 50% of the team competing. I believe the team has trained well since the beginning of fall semester and should have a successful first meet. The first meet of any season is filled with a little self-doubt, but usually is overshadowed by the excitement of getting to compete and that you're more prepared than you realize. It's a big plus to open a season in our facility as it allows the athletes to be a little more relaxed being familiar with the surroundings. 

PARTICIPATING TEAMS

  • Joining ETSU this weekend at the meet include fellow Division I programs Appalachian State, UNC Asheville, USC Upstate and Wofford.
  • In addition, a handful of regional schools are making the trip to Johnson City such as: King, Milligan, Tusculum, Carson-Newman, Lees-McRae, Lincoln Memorial, Emory & Henry, Cumberland (Tenn.), Converse and Alice Lloyd.

UP NEXT

Following this weekend’s season opener, ETSU stays in state as the Bucs head to the Music City for the Vanderbilt Invitational, which will be held next Friday and Saturday.

For more information on ETSU track and field, visit ETSUBucs.com.