The ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Samford Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama on Feb. 12.

The Bucs, who have competed three weeks in a row, had a strong followup to their solid performance at the previous week’s Buccaneer Invitational.

The men’s team placed ninth out of 14 teams with 25.5 points, while the women’s team earned 5 points and placed 16th out of 17 teams.

Both teams had strong finishes in the 60 meter dash, with junior Matthew Moore (Oak Ridge, Tenn.), who was named Southern Conference Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week on Feb. 10, placing second with a personal best time of 6.75 and senior Keturah Williams (Alpharetta, Ga.) placing fourth with a time of 7.61.

Sophomore Simeon Roberts (Greenville, Tenn.) was able to beat the competition in the 3000 meters with a time of 8:16:54, securing his fourth first-place win of the season.

In the pole vault, junior Brett Squibbs (Rock Hill, S.C.) placed fifth with 16’2.75,” while Ashley Kessler (Knoxville, Tenn.) was unable to repeat her win from last week’s Buccaneer Invitational, coming in tenth with 11’11.75”.

Junior Matthew Warriner (Maryville, Tenn.) was able to improve his time of 4:23:05 from last week’s meet, finishing eighth in the men’s mile with a time of 4:18:26.

The team will get this weekend off to practice for the Southern Conference Indoor Championships, also held in Birmingham, on Feb. 26-27.