Vodova, Stepp, Bertling garner weekly A-Sun accolades

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Netting first-place finishes, setting new records propel the trio

MACON, Ga. (May 1, 2013) – Sophomore Katerina Vodova (Humpolec, Czech Republic) and junior Tyler Stepp (Dandridge, Tenn.) were named the Atlantic Sun Conference Women’s and Men’s Field Athletes of the Week, while sophomore Karissa Bertling (New Port Richey, Fla.) was named the A-Sun Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon.

The aforementioned field athletes earned their honors by turning in record-breaking performances this past weekend at the Highlander Invitational on the Radford University campus. They each were able to set new Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium records in the men’s and women’s long jump. Stepp registered a first-place mark of 7.47m, while Vodova also added a top finish and personal best leap of 5.92m.

The previously-stated marks were just the tip of the iceberg in ETSU’s total domination in the long jump at Radford. Each was followed by their teammates in second and third place as the Buccaneers swept the podium in the event at the Highlander Invite.

On the final day of the Highlander Invite, Bertling followed with award-worthy performances as well. The sophomore was also part of a podium sweep for the Lady Bucs in the 200m where she came in first with a time of 24.60. In addition, the native Floridian was a member of ETSU’s women’s 4x100m relay team that took the top spot. The runner really shined though in the 400m where she recorded a personal best and first-place finish time of 56.22.

Vodova now ranks first in the A-Sun in the long jump and ranks No. 63 in the NCAA East Region in the event as well. The native Czech continues to inch closer to hitting a mark that will qualify her for the NCAA Championships. This award is her third career Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week Award and her first of this season

Stepp remains in first place in the event in the conference and also ranks No. 7 in the NCAA East Region in the long jump. The junior has already qualified to compete in the first round of the NCAA Championships. Today’s honor is his second career Field Athlete of the Week Award, all of which have been this season.

Bertling currently ranks in the top six in the A-Sun in both the 200 and 400m and this award is her first career Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week Award.

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