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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 19, 2022) – It was another day of gold-medal performances for the ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams.
A day after bagging three gold medals, the Buccaneers received first-place efforts from Genevieve Schwarz (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) and Kiera Snyder (Clyde, Mich.), while the men and women swept the 4x800m relays to conclude the final day of competition at the 49er Classic on Saturday from the Irwin Belk Track & Field Center.
After defending her title in the 1500m on Friday, Schwarz took home the top honors in the 800m as she turned in a personal best time of 2:10.34 – one full second faster than Wake Forest’s Aleeya Hutchins. Schwarz has now won five individual titles over her last four meets dating back to the indoor campaign.
Fellow distance runner Kiera Snyder won her second individual collegiate gold medal on the track and field circuit as she posted her first ever win in the 3000m with a time of 10:09.32. Saturday marked Snyder’s first win since claiming gold in The Run as Fast as You Can Track Meet where she won the mile back on Feb. 7, 2021.
ETSU then ended the day just as it started by winning gold in both the men’s and women’s 4x800m relays.
On the women’s side, Makayla Shaw (Jonesborough, Tenn.), Julia Karsten (Old Hickory, Tenn.) Rebekah Howard (Ashland, Ky.) and Jessica Lord (Morristown, Tenn.) registered a time of 9:39.29, which was 20 seconds faster than their second-place competitor.
The Buccaneer men’s group, consisting of Mason Brandon (Greenville, Tenn.), Phelani Maduwa (Parys, Free State, South Africa), Miguel Parrilla (Knoxville, Tenn.), and Evan Guzman (Franklin, Tenn.), fed off the women’s performance and completed the sweep, finishing the relay with a time of 7:56.72.
The Bucs also received podium finishes from the women’s 4x100m relay “B” team who placed third in 47.69, while Julia Karsten finished third in the 800m (2:16.05). To go with his gold in the 4x800m relay, Miguel Parrilla took home silver in the 800m (1:51.37), while Myles Stoots (Mobile, Ala.) and Gavin Cooper (Jacksboro, Tenn.) went second and third in the 3000m. Stoots took silver (8:25.34) and Cooper won bronze, finishing in 8:35.65.
ETSU is back in action next weekend when the Bucs return to the Tar Heel state for the Raleigh Relays, which will be held March 24-26.
For more information on ETSU track and field, visit ETSUBucs.com.