Bucs post five podium finishes on Saturday; qualify 22 for the finals on Sunday
LEXINGTON, Va. (Feb. 26, 2022) – ETSU recorded five podium finishes, including the men’s distance medley relay team winning gold, on Saturday’s opening day of the Southern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships inside the VMI Corps Physical Training Facility.
For the third time in the last five years, the Buccaneers are bringing home gold in the men’s DMR, as Evan Guzman (Franklin, Tenn.), Miguel Parrilla (Knoxville, Tenn.), Phelani Maduwa (Parys, Free State, South Africa), and Matt Scarr (Wamberal, NSW, Australia) stood atop the podium with a time of 9:51.15. In total, ETSU posted five podium finishes on the day as Adam Bradtmueller (Sarasota, Fla.) and Lindsey Stallworth (Knoxville, Tenn.) both won silver in the men’s and women’s 3000m, Mekayla Brown (Elgin, S.C.) took home bronze in the long jump and the women’s DMR team also finished third.
The Blue and Gold were also productive in Saturday’s prelims as they had 22 qualifiers advance to Sunday’s finals in 10 different events.
Following the end of day one, the Buccaneer women are tied for third with 33 points, while the men are fifth with 18 points. Samford leads both the men’s (57 points) and women’s (80.5 points) standings through one full day of competition.
First Place – Men’s DMR (Evan Guzman, Miguel Parrilla, Phelani Maduwa, Matt Scarr)
Second Place – Adam Bradtmueller (3000m), Lindsey Stallworth (3000m)
Third Place – Mekayla Brown (Long Jump), Women’s DMR (Rebekah Howard, Hannah Burkhart, Jessica Lord, Makayla Shaw)
- The Buccaneer men’s DMR team beat out Furman to win gold in the event as Evan Guzman, Miguel Parrilla, Phelani Maduwa and Matt Scarr turned in a time of 9:51.15, which was eight seconds faster than the two-time defending champion Paladins’ time of 9:59.00. Time was also the second-fastest mark in SoCon history with the 1979 ETSU team holding the top time at 9:47.80. The Bucs also won gold in the event in 2018 and 2019, while it’s the 11th time ETSU has won the men’s DMR at the SoCon Championship – the most by any SoCon member.
- Adam Bradtmueller, coming off a school-record performance in the 3000m two weeks ago in Nashville, took home silver in the event. Bradtmueller had the lead with 20m remaining; however, he tripped and fell, allowing Furman’s Carson Williams to win gold. Bradtmueller finished with a time of 8:05.64, while Lindsey Stallworth – who also held the lead in the final lap – won silver in the women’s 3000m with a mark of 9:37.49.
- “With 250m left to go, I starting pushing as much as I could to get a little bit more of lead, but the Furman runner didn’t drop,” said Bradtmueller. “With about 10m left, he was passing me on the right and when I looked to that side, we connected arms. At that point of the race, my legs were a bit wobbly and I went down. Fortunately, I was able to get up and my instinct was to quickly finish the race. All in all, it was a good race. I ran well and the race went exactly how I wanted it to go, except for the stumble at the end. If I didn’t fall, I would’ve run an 8:02 and it would’ve been a close finish. Furman ran a meet record and I was up there as well, so to lose to the fastest time ever is not too crushing of a loss. The weekend isn’t over and I am excited to run the 5000m tomorrow."
- The women’s DMR squad of Rebekah Howard (Ashland, Ky.), Hannah Burkhart (Knoxville, Tenn.), Jessica Lord (Morristown, Tenn.), Makayla Shaw (Jonesborough, Tenn.) placed third (12:26.61).
- Earlier in the day, Nicole Johnson (Chattanooga, Tenn.) qualified for both the 60m and 200m finals, while the Buccaneer will be joined by LaNaya Martin (Columbia, S.C.) and Mekayla Brown in the 60m. Johnson turned in a season-best time of 7.57 in the event, Brown had the fifth-fastest time in the group (7.73) and Martin took the last qualifying spot (7.74).
- In the 200m, Johnson was the lone Buc to qualify for the final as she finished with the third-fastest time (24.95).
- On the men’s side, freshman Nolan Johnson (Milliken, Colo.) had a strong showing in the 60m dash as he was the final qualifier to reach the finals with a personal best time 7.02.
- The Blue and Gold advanced four in the women’s 800m and three in the men’s event. Qualifying on the women’s side were Julia Karsten (Old Hickory, Tenn.), Rebekah Howard Jessica Lord and Genevieve Schwarz (Oak Ridge, Tenn.). Karsten, Howard and Lord recorded the second, third and fourth-fastest marks, while Schwarz wasted little time qualifying for another chance for gold as she had the sixth top result (2:19.94). Karsten finished in 2:17.52, Howard had a PR with a time of 2:17.94 and Lord was right behind in 2:17.95.
- Prior to the 800m, Schwarz and Makayla Shaw qualified for the final in the mile. Schwarz turned in the fourth-fastest time in the prelims, clocking in at 5:10.68, while Shaw was seventh in 5:11.75.
- In the men’s 800m, two of the three who won gold in the DMR – Miguel Parrilla and Phelani Maduwa – both advanced to Sunday’s final, along with Josh Krafsur (Fort Collins, Colo.). Parrilla clocked the fastest time in the prelims (1:53.11), while Maduwa and Krafsur registered the third and eighth-fastest marks, respectively. Maduwa finished in 1:53.22 and Krafsur tallied a time of 1:54.68.
- Like the women’s 800m, the men are sending four qualifiers to the finals in the mile as Evan Guzman, Brayden Hamblen (Rock Hill, Ill.), Matt Scarr and Myles Stoots (Mobile, Ala.) will all run for gold on Sunday. Guzman led the group by placing fourth in the prelims with a time of 4:17.77, while Hamblen was sixth (4:18.10), Scarr tenth (4:23.37) and Stoots 11th (4:23.47). The Bucs will second the second-most runners to the finals with Furman advancing five.
- Lindsay Cooper (Charlotte, N.C.) qualified for the finals in the both the 60m hurdles and 400m. Cooper turned in the third-fastest time in the prelims (8.69) and she will be joined by Ja’Ciya Guthrie (Gastonia, N.C.) as she registered the seventh quickest qualifying mark (8.89). In the 400m, Cooper ran 58.32, while Hannah Burkhart (Knoxville, Tenn.) had the second-fastest time – and a personal best – in prelims at 57.42.
- Mekayla Brown gave the Blue and Gold a bronze-medal performance in the triple jump as she registered a season-best mark of 5.75m.
- In the women’s shot put, Symphony Buxton (Knoxville, Tenn.) gave the Bucs a scoring effort as she collected five points with a fourth-place showing. Buxton finished with a toss of 13.05m.
- Tyrese Grant (Summerville, S.C.), making his SoCon Championship debut, just missed a scoring effort in the long jump as he placed ninth (6.66m), while fellow newcomer Diana Romero-Barba (Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco, Mexico) – also making her first appearance in the conference championship – placed ninth in the pole vault (3.20m).
- The SoCon Championship began Saturday morning with the pentathlon as Jaclyn Wright (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Britney Griffith (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Ant’wonike Jennings (Chattanooga, Tenn.) all represented the Blue and Gold in the multis.
- Wright finished fifth with 3,078 points – 22 points shy of tying a personal record – and Griffith set a personal best with 2989 points en route to placing sixth. Jennings, making her collegiate debut in the event, bagged 2711 points to finish ninth.
- Wright set PRs in the 60m hurdles (9.42), shot put (10.40m) and long jump (5.11m).
- Likewise, Griffith also set new PRs in the 60m hurdles (9.78), shot put (8.12), and long jump (5.33).
- Jennings set new personal bests in the long jump (4.95m) and 800m (2:59.23), while she made her collegiate debut in the shot put (8.84m) and high jump (1.41m).
The second and final day of the championship gets underway Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The ESPN+ broadcast will begin at Noon, while live scoring can be accessed via SnapTiming.com.
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