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Track and Field opens up outdoor season at 49er Classic
Saturday, March 19, 2005
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 19, 2005) - The East Tennessee State University track and field team opened up the outdoor season with competition at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday and Saturday.
In the men's distance, ETSU had strong performances from Jordan Ladd (Lyn, Ontario) and Bernard Towett (Kericho, Kenya) in the 5,000 meters. Ladd placed seventh in the event with a time of 15:04.43, while Towett finished tenth with a time of 15:06.89.
"I'm pleased at their solid run for the two freshman," stated Head Coach David E. Walker. "They have a lot of room for improvement and am hoping that they can and will build upon this performance."
On the women's side, ETSU's MacKenzie LaBonte (Port Charlotte, Fla.), Maggie Hunter (Roanoke, Va.), and Ali Carney (Sevierville, Tenn.) all recorded lifetime bests in the 1,500 meters. The trio finished ninth (4:51.68), tenth (4:51.85), and eleventh (4:51.91) respectively.
In the high jump, Shane Estes (Maryville, Tenn.) and Anna Marie Ricciardi (Canfield, Ohio) continued their strong performances from the indoor season with top-ten finishes. Estes tied for ninth with a mark of 1.90m, while Ricciardi finished fourth with a mark of 1.65m.
The Bucs continue outdoor competition next weekend March 25 and 26 at the Raleigh Relays hosted by North Carolina State University.