ETSU Track and Field set to host Buccaneer Invitational… ETSU meet to be held Feb. 3-5 inside the Ballad Health Athletic Center

Published 1:18 pm Wednesday, February 2, 2022

 CONTRIBUTED BY ETSU ATHLETICS
JOHNSON CITY – The ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams gear up for their second home meet of the indoor season when the Blue and Gold host the Buccaneer Invitational Feb. 3-5 inside the Ballad Health Athletic Center (Mini-Dome).
ABOUT THE MEET
  • The meet will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday inside the Mini Dome.
  • Thursday will feature the pentathlon starting at Noon and the heptathlon at 1 p.m. The Bucs will have two student-athletes competing in the pentathlon.
  • Friday’s schedule gets underway at 9:45 a.m. with heptathlon (pole vault), followed by the women’s weight throw at 11 a.m. The running events get underway with the women’s 60m hurdles at 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday’s events start at 9 a.m. with the women’s 3000m, while men’s shot put starts the field events at 10 a.m.
  • Twenty-seven teams with a total of 955 athletes will be competing this weekend in Johnson City.
  • Live scoring will be provided via TimingInc.com.
ABOUT THE WOMEN’S TEAM
  • The Buccaneer women will have 38 student-athletes in competition ranging over 15 events.
  • Symphony Buxton (Knoxville, Tenn.), who earned Field Athlete of the Meet honors in the season-opening ETSU Invitational, will be featured in both throwing events this weekend. Buxton won the weight throw last month in the home opener while placing third in the shot put. Following the weekend, Buxton was named SoCon Athlete of the Week for her performances inside the Mini Dome.
  • Lindsey Stallworth (Knoxville, Tenn.) is coming off a gold medal performance in the mile run at the ETSU Invitational, where she captured her fifth career win in the event – the third being inside the Dome. Stallworth finished with a time of 5:02.15, which was nine seconds faster than her nearest competitor. This weekend, Stallworth will be running in the mile and 3000m events.
  • Jaclyn Wright (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Britney Griffith (Kingsport, Tenn.) will be in action Thursday in the pentathlon. Wright registered her first collegiate win in the high jump at last month’s ETSU Invitational, while Griffith set personal bests in both the high jump (1.40m) and 60m hurdles (10.34) last month in the season opener.
  • Mekayla Brown (Elgin, S.C.), who posted a podium finish in the 60m at the ETSU Invitational, will be competing in both the 60m and long jump.
ABOUT THE MEN’S TEAM
  • The Buccaneer men have 21 entries competing in 12 different events this weekend.
  • Evan Guzman (Franklin, Tenn.), who was named SoCon Athlete of the Week following last month’s season opener, will be showcased in both the 800m and mile. Guzman posted a personal best on his home track in the mile by placing second with a time of 4:11.79. The Franklin, Tenn. native also ran a leg in the 4x800m relay, which took home gold.
  • Phelani Maduwa (Parys, Free State, South Africa) recorded his first individual title as a Buccaneer last month at the ETSU Invitational where he found himself atop the podium stand following the 800m. Maduwa won the event with a time of 1:54.03.
  • Adam Bradtmueller (Sarasota, Fla.) will be making his Dome debut this season as he missed the ETSU Invitational before opening the 2022 indoor season last weekend at Clemson. Bradtmueller set a personal best in the 3000m at the Bob Pollock Invitational with a time of 8:12.03. The Buccaneer veteran is competing in the mile, 3000m and DMR this weekend inside the Dome.
  • Matt Scarr (Wamberal, NSW, Australia) is coming off a successful cross-country campaign and is making his indoor debut this season. Scarr will look to defend his title in the mile from a year ago, while also be running in the 3000m – where he captured gold in the event at last year’s SoCon Championship.
  • In the throws, both Zach Fejeran (Tazewell, Tenn.) and Noah Shelton (Gray, Tenn.) will be in action. Fejeran will compete in both the weight throw and shot put, while Shelton will be throwing the shot put. Fejeran set a personal best in the weight throw last month with a mark of 14.77.
PARTICIPATING TEAMS
  • Joining ETSU this weekend at the meet include fellow Division I programs Alabama A&M, Appalachian State, Gardner-Webb, Tennessee Tech, and UNC Asheville.
  • In addition, a handful of regional schools are making the trip to Johnson City such as: King, Mars Hill, Milligan, Tennessee Wesleyan, Tusculum, Carson-Newman, Lees-McRae, Lincoln Memorial, and Emory & Henry.
UP NEXT
The Buccaneers make their final tune-up for the SoCon Championship as ETSU will split squads, going to Nashville for the Music City Challenge and Lynchburg, Va., for the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational.
For more information on ETSU track and field, visit ETSUBucs.com.

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