The ETSU men’s and women’s track teams finished a tough invitational Saturday at home with a strong performance.

The invitational was composed of several other college track teams and the event took place over two days at ETSU’s Mountain States Health Alliance Athletics Center. The event featured 29 teams.

The Bucs were able to grab a single win in the men’s mile run with sophomore Matt Warriner coming in first. Warriner completed the mile with a personal best of 4:13.75.

Freshman Haydn Borghetti-Metz and senior Adam Chase also took part in the race and finished in the top 10.

While only getting one event, ETSU had six top-three finishes on Saturday. ETSU track and field head coach George Watts has prepared for this invitational with a program designed to keep the Bucs in good and strong condition through all areas.

“We have a training program for the entire indoor season and obviously we want to have good performances on our home track,” Watts said. “We’re probably a little more rested this weekend than we were for the meet last weekend. I’m expecting us to improve all of our performances across the board in all of the event areas.”

Several players from ETSU competed heavily for first-place finishes but were barely edged out. Junior sprinter Keturah Williams made a strong bid for the first position but was barely beaten by only two thousandths of a second.

The women raced to second place in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:55.17. The men, with a time of 3:20.20, placed fifth. The team returns to action next weekend in Alabama at the Samford Invitational, and according to coach Watts, they will be looking to tune up in preparation for the finals.

“The ultimate goal is to be our sharpest and our freshest by the conference championship, which is at the end of this month,” Watts said.