Kruger captures steeplechase title in Knoxville
Kruger captures steeplechase title in Knoxville
Saturday, April 8, 2023

Buccaneer posts first individual collegiate win

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 8, 2023) – After breaking a school record in the steeplechase two weeks ago in Raleigh, freshman Chanelle Kruger (Johannesburg, South Africa) captured her first individual collegiate win on Saturday in Knoxville.

Kruger won the steeplechase on the final day of the Tennessee Invitational as she turned in a time of 10:35.44 on the Tom Black Track inside LaPorte Stadium. The Buccaneer rookie won by four seconds over Indiana’s Alyssa Skorge and by 25 seconds over IU’s Katelyn Winton.

Two weeks ago, Kruger set the program record in the event with a time of 10:35.01.

In total, the Blue and Gold bagged four podium finishes on Saturday.

To go with the gold in the steeplechase, ETSU placed third in men’s triple jump, women’s high jump and the men’s 800m.

In the triple jump, Marcus Evans (Snellville, Tenn.) registered a personal best mark of 13.60m, resulting in his first collegiate podium finish. Evans’ previous PR was 13.12m, set at the 2020 Southern Conference Indoor Championships.

Sticking with the field events, freshman Maya Murchison (Ganmbrills, Md.) finished third with a leap of 1.55m in the high jump. Murchison, who posted her first podium finish, tied a season high with her mark.

On the track, Miguel Parrilla (Knoxville, Tenn.) ran a time of 1:51.89 in the 800m to earn a bronze.

The Bucs are back in competition next Friday and Saturday as ETSU heads to Cullowhee, N.C. for the Catamount Classic.

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