TAMPA, Fla. (May 24, 2018) – Ben Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) has taken a hammer to ETSU’s record book more than once during the 2018 outdoor season.
Thursday, on the biggest stage of the year, he did it again.
At the NCAA East Preliminary meet at the USF Track & Field Stadium, Johnson again re-set his school record in the hammer with a throw of 196’ 6” (59.91m). It’s the fourth time he’s broken the mark in two months.
Johnson’s Thursday throw was more than a foot better than his prior mark of 195’ 5” (59.87m), set at the ETSU Tri-Star Classic in Johnson City on April 28. That came a week after his effort of 193’ 2” (59.88m) at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, which followed his then-record distance of 188’ 5” (57.43m) at the Weems Baskin Invitational in Columbia, S.C. on March 23.
Johnson went into the 2018 outdoor season as ETSU’s record-holder after his 184’ 3” (56.16m) performance at the 2017 Southern Conference Championships. He finished 33rd out of a field of 48 on Thursday, 15 spots above his seeding.
Also Thursday, Alyssa Whipkey (Pennsville, N.J.) finished 39th of 48 in the women’s javelin with a throw of 127” 0” (37.81m).
The NCAA appearance capped a memorable first season at ETSU for Whipkey, a junior transfer. She won the javelin at three meets -- the VertKlasse Meeting April 6, the ETSU Tri-Star Classic on April 28, and a dominating 17-foot victory at the SoCon Outdoor Championships on May 10. The SoCon named her its Women’s Field Athlete of the Week for April 11.
ETSU is scheduled for two events in Tampa tomorrow. Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) begins her third consecutive East Prelim appearance in the women’s 100 meter hurdles, which start with opening rounds at 1:00 pm EDT. Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tenn.) – in his second straight prelim – and Noah Charles (Johnson City, Tenn.) are scheduled for the men’s 3000 meter steeplechase at 8:00 pm.
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