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LEXINGTON, Va. (Mar. 1, 2020) – As the month leaped to March, the ETSU Track and Field Team also made a significant leap, led by the women who surged all the way to a second-place finish at the Southern Conference Indoor Championships at the VMI Corps Physical Training Facility on Sunday.
Entering the second day in a spot for fourth place, the women found early momentum in the triple jump, earning 23 points between four Bucs to leap frog the standings into second place with the majority of the day ahead of them. After conceding the silver spot to Wofford, the Bucs made another push in the 60m sprint to get the top three places and distance themselves from the Terriers on their way to a second-place finish.
Mekayla Brown’s leapt her way into the record books, setting a facility and personal best 12.63m on her fifth attempt, not needing her last effort to grab gold in the triple jump.
Nicole Johnson also set records, beating her previous best while setting the conference record held for 15 years by .03 seconds, finishing the 60m in a time of 7.40s.
The men saw some bright spots over the course of the day, but were unable to garnish enough momentum to rise up the leaderboards. The Bucs scored 18 points on day two, placing seventh with a combined 34 points in the two days. Despite the finish as a team, the men were able to set 13 new personal records on the weekend, trying to swing momentum into the outdoor campaign.
Aliyah Hill (long jump, 5.91m), Mekayla Brown (triple jump, 12.63m^), Nicole Johnson (60m dash, 7.40s*)
^ - facility record *school and meet record
Nicole Johnson - 60m dash (7.40s); broke Emani Harrison's time of 7.49s set in 2013
All-Freshman Team Performers:
Women: Nicole Johnson (60m Dash), Kennedie Carithers (60m Dash), Julia Karsten (800m run), Nicole Johnson (200m dash), Kennedie Carithers (200m dash), Jataya Wilson (weight throw), Patra Williams (high jump), Sarah Morelock (high jump), Sarah Morelock (pentathlon), Jataya Wilson (shot put),
Men: Myles Stoots (Mile), Miguel Parrilla (800m run), Marcus Evans (triple jump), Marcus Evans (long jump)
Field Highlights from Day Two of the SoCon Indoor Championships:
Track Highlights from Day Two of the SoCon Indoor Championships:
Men’s results – Final
Women’s results – Final
Thoughts from Coach Watts
On the women’s second place finish – “Our women had a very good meet over the past two days and I feel we’ve turned the corner a little bit this indoor season.”
On the sprint and jump group – “The sprint and jump groups had a great meet with three conference champions. Congrats to Aliyah yesterday and Mekayla and Nicole today. All big personal bests including a school record by Nicole.
On the overall performance – “We had ten podium finishes and we need to continue to get more every meet. In a way I was more impressed by the fact that 22 of the 25 women we took found a way to score. Obviously, that translates into a good team score."
On the men’s performance – “Our men had a rough one partly due to the limited squad size and to a lesser extent injuries. I thought the guys competed hard, we just didn’t have enough bodies to be in position to score. I look forward to our men’s team making progress during the outdoor season.”
Mekayla Brown - (7.53s, 60m prelims; 1.55m, high jump; 12.63m, triple jump)
Kennedie Carithers - (7.53s, 60m prelims; 24.85s 200m finals)
Johnaida Eliscar - (57.98, 400m prelims)
Margaret Hayden - (16.89m, weight throw)
Aliyah Hill - (5.91m, long jump; 12.40m, triple jump)
Neyasha Honorable - (25.99s, 200m prelims)
Kennedi Johnson - (3,061 points, pentathlon)
Nicole Johnson - (7.40s*, 60m finals; 24.56s, 200m finals)
LaNaya Martin - (7.67s, 60m finals)
Sarah Morelock - (1.55m, high jump; 2,355 points, pentathlon)
Paige Peterson - (11.70m, triple jump)
Makayla Shaw - (18:06.77, 5000m)
Kendra Whitehurst - (5.71m, long jump; 11.49m, triple jump)
Jataya Wilson - (16.95m, weight throw)
Marcus Evans - (6.63m, long jump; 13.12m, triple jump)
Zach Fejeran - (12.83, shot put; 14.40m, weight throw)
Kolin Miller - (13.86m, shot put)
Kyle Noe - (7.16s, 60m prelims)
Braxton Richburg - (7.14s, 60m prelims; 51.53s, 400m prelims)
Matthew Scarr - (15:08.97, 5000m)
Noah Shelton - (13.18m, shot put; 14.32m, weight throw)
Myles Stoots - (1:59.65, 800m prelims)
Bryce Turnbow - (50.62s, 400m prelims)
For a full list of results at the SoCon Indoor Championships, check out the link to the right side of the article.
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