Chase qualifies for USATF Jr. National Championships in 2000m steeplechase to highlight track and field’s successful three-meet weekend

Saturday, March 24, 2012

ATHENS, Ga., NASHVILLE, Tenn., and CULLOWHEE, N.C. (March 24, 2012) – The ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams split the roster amongst three meets this weekend, enjoying success at the University of Georgia’s Georgia Relays, Vanderbilt’s Black and Gold Invitational, and Western Carolina’s Beynon Sports Catamount Classic.

The weekend was highlighted by Adam Chase (Kingsport, Tenn.) who qualified for the USATF Jr. National Championships by finishing the 2000m steeplechase with a time of 6:16.49.

The Bucs also won an event at each of the three meets. Marek Navratil (Oloumouc, Czech Republic) took first place in the high jump at the Georgia Relays by clearing a height of 2.00m, Anja Claussnitzer (Chemnitz, Germany) won the 800m at Vanderbilt by finishing with a time of 2:13.95, and Emani Harrison (Columbia, S.C.) took first in the 100m at Western Carolina by crossing the finish line in 11.85.

"Although we were split in three different locations this weekend, the common thread showed very strong results,” ETSU assistant coach Eli Sunquist said. “The sprinters did quite well at Western Carolina, the mid distance runners did well at Vanderbilt, and the field event athletes had a tremendous showing at Georgia.

“We tried to split the groups to where they would get the strongest competition and the plan worked. On the men's side, Cornell [Sneed], Jay Johnson, Marek [Navratil], Sebastian [Dietl], Ifrish [Alberg] and Filip [Jalovy] really stood out for us. On the women's side, Jasmine [Foster], Emani [Harrison], Lexie [Burley], Katka [Vodova], Taylor [Story] and Anja [Claussnitzer] were also impressive.

“It was also nice to add another Jr. National qualifier in Adam Chase. We now have qualified three athletes in the three different disciplines (distance, jumps and multis), and we are looking forward to coming together for a full squad next weekend at Georgia Tech to build upon these strong performances."

At the Georgia Relays, Taylor Story (Germantown. Tenn.) captured second in her first collegiate 100m dash by running the event in 12.04.

The jumps featured three ETSU top 10 performances on top of Navratil’s gold in the high jump. Jason Johnson (Philadelphia, Pa.) earned one of those finishes by setting a personal best in the triple jump with a distance of 14.98m to earn second place. The other two top 10 finishes were taken by Lexie Burley (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Katerina Vodova (Humpolec, Czech Republic), with Burley setting an outdoor personal best in the triple jump at 14.98m to take second place, while Vodova set a personal best in the long jump with a 5.86m bound to also grab second place. The Humpolec, Czech Republic native also competed in the throws and took seventh in the shot put with a personal record toss of 12.06m.

ETSU added six more top 10’s in the throws courtesy of Justin Harris (Johnson City, Tenn.), Justin Burton (Bastian, Va.), Sebastian Dietl (Grobwallstadt, Germany), and Jasmine Foster (Johnson City Tenn.). On the men’s side, Harris set a personal mark in the hammer throw with a 40.89m hurl, Burton took fourth in the shot put with a distance of 14.34m, while Dietl earned two of the top finishes with a third place shot put of 14.94m and a sixth place discus throw of 45.08m. Foster grabbed both of the top 10’s for the women, taking sixth in the hammer throw at 42.26m and fourth in the shot put by crushing her personal best with a 13.48m toss.

At Vanderbilt’s Black and Gold Invitational, Filip Jalovy (Modrice, Czech Republic) earned a second place finish in the 800m with a personal best time of 1:52.62.

At Western Carolina, Harrison added to her win in the 100m dash with a third place finish in the 200m. The Columbia, S.C., native ran the event in 25.09 into, which Sunquist mentioned, was a heavy headwind.

After setting the ETSU record in the 100m hurdles last weekend at the 49er Classic, Demetria Edgecombe (Spartanburg, S.C.) took second in the event at Western Carolina with a time of 14.21.

On the men’s side, Ifrish Alberg (Paramaribo, Suriname) grabbed second place in the 100m dash at 10.69, while also taking fourth in the 200m with a time of 21.97. In the men’s throws, Cornell Sneed (Miami, Fla.) earned third place finishes in the shot put and discus throw. Sneed’s shot put traveled 14.83m, while his discus throw went a distance of 47.74m

The ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete again next Friday and Saturday at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta.

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