Track & Field heads to Music City for Vanderbilt Invitational
Track & Field heads to Music City for Vanderbilt Invitational
Thursday, January 19, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 19, 2023) – Coming off a strong showing in its season-opening meet last weekend at VMI, the ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams look to build upon those performances as the Buccaneers travel to the Music City for the Vanderbilt Invitational.


Date: Jan. 20-21

Meet: Vanderbilt Invitational    

Location: Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility (Nashville, Tenn.)

Time: Friday’s meet begins with the heptathlon at 10 a.m. ET, while the field events get underway with men’s pole vault at Noon. Friday’s running events start at 6:30 p.m. ET with the women’s 200m.

On Saturday the heptathlon kicks off the final day at 9:30 a.m. ET, followed by men’s shot put at 11 a.m. and the prelims of the women’s 60mH at 1 p.m.

Results: Prime Time Timing

Video: Fans can watch the meet on SECN+ beginning Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at Noon 


  • ETSU is sending 15 women and 11 men to Nashville this weekend
  • Last weekend at the VMI Invitational, six Buccaneers accounted for seven gold-medal efforts
  • Rebekah Howard (Ashland, Ky.), Karli Townsell (Statesville, N.C.), Evan Guzman (Franklin, Tenn.), Phelani Maduwa (Parys, Free State, South Africa), Julia Karsten (Old Hickory, Tenn.) and Kiera Snyder (Clyde, Mich.) all won titles last weekend in Lexington, Va
  • Howard picked up two wins as she won gold in the 1000m (3:04.15) and the mile (5:06.96), while Guzman capped off the Buccaneer sweep in the mile as he won the men’s event with a time of 4:16.32
  • Following her two wins, Howard was named Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week on Wednesday
  • Maduwa earned SoCon Athlete of the Week honors as he won the 800m, finished third in the 500m and ran a leg of the 4x400m relay. Maduwa posted a time of 1:52.21 in the 800, resulting in his second career win in that event, while registering a mark of 1:04.43 in the 500m
  • Townsell, making her indoor collegiate debut, won her first race as she captured gold in in the 5000m with a time of 19:11.02
  • Karsten picked up the win in the women’s 800m (2:22.30), marking her first collegiate individual win, while Snyder finished off the weekend with a gold-medal run in the 3000m. Snyder set a PR in the event with a time of 9:45.56


Below are comments from ETSU Director of Track & Field/Cross Country George Watts. 

We are taking a smaller group to Nashville than we did last week to VMI. We are leaving a few people at home due to some minor injuries and sicknesses, but hope to have a full squad when we travel to South Carolina in two weeks.

I was pleased with our opening efforts and hope that we will continue to carry that momentum into this weekend and throughout the season. This is a slightly more competitive meet, but as usually the case, I expect to see some big performance increases from last week.



A group of Bucs will travel to Clemson, S.C. and compete in the Bob Pollock Meet, held Jan. 27-28 at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex.

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