The Bucs headed north to Lexington, Virginia, for the Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. Performances here net a ticket to the NCAA Championships, so the pressure was on to perform well.
ETSU experienced early success during the field events. For the men, junior Benjamin Johnson (Nashville, Tennessee) logged a 1st place win in the men’s weight throw with a winning distance of 21.99 meters. He also came in 2nd in men’s shot put, throwing 16.13 meters, less than half a meter away from the leader from Western Carolina.
Sophomore Jordan Scott (Friendsville, Tennessee) jumped a height of 1.98 meters in the men’s high jump to earn 2nd place overall. Karon Delince (Phenix City, Alabama) earned ETSU another 2nd place, this time in men’s long jump.
For the women, Kyra Atkins (Greer, South Carolina) jumped a distance of 5.82 meters to place 3rd in the women’s long jump. Her teammate Timia Easley (Columbus, Ohio) was close behind, finishing in 5th place. Jaden Finch (Glen Aubrey, New York) and Atlantis Warren (Memphis, Tennessee) finished 7th and 8th in women’s shot put, respectively.
The distance squad experienced their fair share of success, as well. Simeon Roberts (Greeneville, Tennessee) came in 3rd place in the men’s 3k and the men’s 1 mile. He recorded a time of 8:17 in the men’s 3k, just a second slower than his personal best.
Adam Bradtmueller (Sarasota, Florida) was one spot behind Roberts in the men’s 1 mile, clocking in with a time of 4:15, just one second behind Roberts and five seconds away from his personal best. Bradtmueller was also the final leg of the men’s distance medley team. He combined with Matthew Scarr (Wamberal, New South Wales, Australia), Harper Sigler (Bogart, Georgia), and Haydn Borghetti-Metz (Rogersville, Tennessee) to win the men’s distance medley with a time of 10:07.
Emily Williams-McElroy (Bristol, Tennessee) earned a top five finish in the women’s 1 mile and also led the women’s distance medley team to a 3rd place finish. Heather Feuchtenberger (Elizabethton, Tennessee), Vicki Franse (Clinton, Tennessee), Jessica Lord (Morristown, Tennessee) and Williams-McElroy ran a time of 12:01.
On the sprinter side, ETSU dominated the women’s 60 meter hurdles, with Atkins coming in 1st, Lamisha Simmons (Hollywood, Florida) in 2nd and Easley 3rd. Atkins also came in 4th in the 60 meter sprint, along with her teammate Kiana Davis (Ooltewah, Tennessee), who came in 2nd. In the men’s 60 meter sprint, Delince came in 4th with a time of 6.86 seconds.
The Bucs now turn from the indoor track and look to the outdoor season.