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Buccaneer men take conference crown at Atlantic Sun Indoor Track and Field Championships
Saturday, February 18, 2006
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (February 18, 2006) - Standing in third place after the first day of competition, the ETSU men's track and field team engineered a day-two comeback to claim the team title at the inaugural Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships, Saturday in Memorial Center. The Bucs tallied153 points on the weekend, and bagged a total of 14 medals, including six individual first-place finishes, and a relay victory.
With the win, ETSU claimed a pair of the A-Sun post-meet awards, with James Rainer (
Rainer earned a set of gold medals, posting wins in 60- and 200-meter dashes. The senior cruised to victory in both events, clocking times of 6.75 in the 60, and 21.61 in the 200. Rainer quieted the competition, winning the 60 by nearly two-tenths of a second, and the 200 by well over a quarter of a tick.
Since the meet was the first indoor championships in conference history, all winning marks will set the standard for the future, becoming A-Sun championship records.
"I'm just really happy for the kids," said
Mike Wright (
Wright then went on to finish second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.48), and second in the high jump (6-4), to go along with his bronze medal from last evening's long jump competition.
The high jump competition was an all-ETSU affair, with Wright and teammate Shane Estes (
Also medaling in the field was freshman Guy Hornsby (
Back on the track, Josh Hicks (
In the distances, rookie Jeff Crane (
Bucs Tyler Woodruff (
Also scoring for the Bucs on Saturday were Tucker in the 60 (4th, 7.07), McDaniel in the 400 (4th, 52.82), Reber in the triple jump (5th, 40-7.5), and Daniel Williams (
ETSU's next scheduled meet will be a last chance competition at Virginia Tech. The event is slated for March 4, in
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