Bucs perform well on first day of Niswonger Invitational
Burley (left), Ludvigsen (right)
Burley (left), Ludvigsen (right)

Friday, January 17, 2014

ETSU advances five into Saturday’s sprints finals events; total seven top-five finishes in event finals 

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 17, 2014) – The ETSU men’s and women’s track & field teams performed well on Friday on their home track with multiple advancing times in preliminary action and a number of top-five finishes in finals events on the first day of the Niswonger Invitational inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center on David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field.

Out of the gate on Friday morning, Dede Edgecombe (Spartanburg, S.C.) set the tone with a blazing first-place time of 8.54 in the women’s 60 meter hurdles prelims. With the top-six times advancing to the finals on Saturday, Edgecombe was joined as a qualifier by Nicole Alexander (Rock Hill, S.C.) who placed fourth with a time of 9.01.

The women also got things going early in the field with Lexie Burley (Johnson City, Tenn.) taking third place in the triple jump finals with a mark of 11.82. Later in the afternoon, the Blue and Gold also had a strong showing in the pole vault finals led by newcomer Kaytlin Mack (Olean, N.Y.) earning a fourth-place finish with a vault of 3.65m, while Ashley Kessler (Knoxville, Tenn.) matched Mack with a duplicate collegiate-best mark of 3.65m to slot into fifth place.

Sophomore Keturah Williams (Alpharetta, Ga.) turned in a stellar overall performance in sprints preliminary events, qualifying for tomorrow’s finals in both the 60 and 200 meter dash with top-six times. In the 60m, the Georgia native raced to a fifth-place finish with a time of 7.65, while also posting a 25.13 time in the 200m which was good for sixth place.

On the men’s side, freshman Matt Moore (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) was also able to advance to Saturday’s final in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.93. The ETSU men experienced the most success in distance events, highlighted by placing three student-athletes in the top 10 in the 800 meter run. Thomas Miller (Lithonia, Ga.) led the way for the Bucs with a 1:56.87 time to finish third, while Filip Jalovy (Modrice, Czech Republic) trailed Miller in fifth with a time of 1:56.90. Sneaking into the top 10 in the event for the Bucs was Desmond Pierce (Morristown, Tenn.) who raced to a time of 1:58.03 to finish ninth.

In the last collegiate event of the day, Anders Ludvigsen (Odense, Denmark) paced the Bucs in the 5K with a 15:07.52 time and a fourth-place finish.

Action tomorrow at the Niswonger Invitational will resume with the women’s 5,000 meter run blue section final, slated to begin at 8 a.m. Field events, as well as distance and sprints competition, will carry on over the course of the day with women’s and men’s 4x400 meter relay finals wrapping things up at 6:30 p.m. Meet Information and event schedules can be accessed by clicking here.

ETSU fans wanting to receive Buccaneer news, score updates, in-game promotions and much more sent to their mobile device can do so by signing up for “Buc Updates.” Click here to sign up today!

Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
WTEN ETSU Results
Sep 21 USC Upstate Fall Classic
WGOLF Lady Paladin Invitational Greenville, S.C.
Sep 21 11th of 18
MTEN ETSU Results
Sep 21 UVa Ranked Plus One Invitational
SB Virginia Tech Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 21, 12:00 p.m. ETSU
SB Virginia Tech Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 21, 2:00 p.m. ETSU
WSOC Tennessee 3 F
Sep 21, 2:00 p.m. ETSU 0
MGOLF Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational Toledo, Ohio
Sep 22 Results
MGOLF Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational Toledo, Ohio
Sep 23 1st of 12
MSOC ETSU 2 F
Sep 23 Winthrop 4
VB Furman University 3 Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 23 ETSU 0
MCC Spartan Invitational Kernersville, N.C.
Sep 26 1 of 6
WCC Spartan Invitational Kernersville, N.C.
Sep 26 1 of 6
WSOC Furman 3 F
Sep 26 ETSU 0
FB ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 27 Game Time 101 Event (First official scrimmage)
VB ETSU 3 Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sep 27 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 1
MGOLF Jack Nicklaus Invitational Columbus, Ohio
Sep 28 Results
WSOC Wofford 0 F
Sep 28 ETSU 3
MGOLF Jack Nicklaus Invitational Columbus, Ohio
Sep 29 5th of 12