Day One of Niswonger Track & Field Invitational

Friday, January 23, 2004

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 23, 2004) - The first day of the Niswonger Foundation Track and Field Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State University, came to a close Friday night. ETSU senior Tiffany Collier (Atlanta, Ga.) took second place in the 800-meter finals with a time of 2:21.31. "I'm really pleased with how Tiffany raced today," commented assistant coach Michelle Byrne. "It is a good start for her first meet of the indoor season. She needs to learn how to run a more controlled race but that will come during the season." Buccaneer junior Chantelle Vernon (Markham, Ontario), qualified for the finals of the 60-meter dash, finishing the race with a time of 7.57. The time was .01 shy of the school record 7.56, which she set last year in her first place finish at the 2003 Niswonger Track & Field Invitational. "Chantelle has really matured in her racing and she is very committed this year," said Byrne. "If she can stay healthy, I feel this will be a really great year for her." On the men's side, freshman Joshua Hicks (Riceville, Tenn.) ran a strong 800-meter race, finishing with a personal best of 1:59.88. The Bucs 4X400 meter relay team composed of Hicks, Kaylin Chesney (Knoxville, Tenn.), David Cabbler (Roanoke, Va.), and Johnny Tucker (Spartanburg, S.C.) also ran well placing eighth with a time of 3:25.70. The highlight of the day's competition was the 3000-meter invitational run. The race featured Alan Webb, who is sponsored by Nike and broke Jim Ryun's prep mile record with a time of 3:53.43 while in high school, making him the first American high school miler ever to run under four minutes indoor. Webb won the race with a final time of 8:01.29, more than six seconds faster than his closest competitor. One of Webb's competitors was ETSU junior Brad Yewer (Newbury, England), who finished sixth overall. Yewer's time of 8:24.36 was two seconds faster than his personal best. Byrne stated, "This race sets Brad up for his future races. He will continue to improve throughout the year." "Overall, today was a good team effort," said Byrne. "All of the kids are feeding off each other and that is good to see early on and I hope it continues throughout the season." The Niswonger Track and Field Invitational will conclude tomorrow with the distance finals scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. and sprint events to begin at 4 p.m. Complete results for Friday's and Saturday's events are available on www.flashresults.com/etsu.
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MSOC ETSU 1 F
Aug 23 Virginia Tech (Exh.) 0
WSOC ETSU 5 F
Aug 24 Tennessee Tech 1
WSOC Appalachian St. 0 F (2OT)
Aug 28 ETSU 1
MCC Covered Bridge Open Boone, N.C.
Aug 29 3 of 11
WCC Covered Bridge Open Boone, N.C.
Aug 29 5 of 11
VB ETSU 3 Charlotte, N.C.
Aug 29 Morgan State University 0
VB ETSU 1 Charlotte, N.C.
Aug 29 California State University, Sacramento 3
MSOC ETSU 3 F
Aug 29 William & Mary 2
VB ETSU 1 Charlotte, N.C.
Aug 30 UNC Charlotte 3
WSOC Campbell 2 2OT
Aug 31 ETSU 3
MSOC ETSU 2 F
Aug 31 VCU 1
WSOC South Carolina St. 1 F
Sep 2 ETSU 6
WSOC Alabama A&M Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 4, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
VB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Sep 5, 3:00 p.m. The College of William and Mary
VB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Sep 5, 7:00 p.m. George Mason University
VB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Sep 6, 12:00 p.m. University of Maryland
VB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Sep 6, 4:00 p.m. Lehigh University