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ETSU men's track and field aims to complete A-Sun sweep; women look to climb conference ladder
Thursday, April 13, 2006
(April 13, 2006) - After silencing the competition at the inaugural Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships, the ETSU men's track and field team will look to make it a clean sweep at the A-Sun Outdoor Championships, this weekend in Clermont, Fla. The women's team will aim to move up the conference ranks, and improve upon its sixth-place finish indoors.
Senior James Rainer (Alcoa, Tenn.) will be the one to beat in the 100-meter dash, boasting the best time in the conference by a quarter of the second. Rainer, a three-time A-Sun Athlete of the Week, sailed to a personal-best, and regional-qualifying mark of 10.40 at the Western Carolina Invitational earlier this season.
The senior is not only undefeated in outdoor competition this season, but also untarnished in A-Sun action after sweeping the 60- and 200-meter titles at this year's indoor championships.
Teammate Johnny Tucker (Spartanburg, S.C.) will also vie for hardware in the sprints, entering the championships with the second-fastest time in the 200-meters (22.24), and the third-best mark in the 100 (10.88).
The Bucs' sprinters are also poised to medal in the relays, as the 4x100-meter holds the conference's top time at 42.03, and the second-fastest in the 4x400-meters at 3:23.68.
Sophomore Mike Wright (
The sophomore currently boasts the number-two time in the 100-meter hurdles (15.31), as well as the third-rated performance in the 400-meter hurdles (57.67). Wright will be a busy man this weekend, as he will likely compete in the hurdles, jumps, and javelin.
The Bucs will also aim to make a dent in the distances with indoor 800-meter champ Josh Hicks (
ETSU harriers Jordan Ladd (
In the field, sophomore Shane Estes (
Freshman Guy Hornsby (
Daniel Williams (
Junior Anna Marie Ricciardi (Canfield,
Ricciardi will also look to claim points in the 100 hurdles, entering the meeting with the sixth-rated time in the conference (15.58).
ETSU will count on its sprint core to make an impact in the team standings, with Jenny Knox (
Sprinters Ebonie Jones (
Jones also looks to put a dent in the 200-meter field, fielding a season-best time of 24.97, the fifth-best entry time in the competition. Bailey and Knox could also make an impact in the event, as both athletes are ranked in the top 10 heading into the weekend, well within striking distance of a scoring position.
Distance runners MacKenzie Labonte (
The Lady Bucs will also look to freshman throwers Dedra McDaniel (North
Freshman Rebecca Cole (
The action gets underway on Friday afternoon, beginning with the women's hammer at 4 p.m. Competition is scheduled to conclude at approximately 4 p.m., Saturday evening. Check ETSUBucs.com for results and recaps following both days of competition.