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Johnson breaks records in strong first day for Bucs

Tanner Cook • Updated Jan 12, 2018 at 9:31 PM

Redshirt junior Ben Johnson started off his indoor season at East Tennessee State with a flourish on Friday.

Johnson captured a school record and win in the men’s 35-pound weight throw at the ETSU Track and Field Invitational. His toss of 19.86 meters (65-2) overtook Jarrod Burton’s 2009 mark. Additionally, the record bests the previous Southern Conference record outside of championship meets.

Bucs have strong first day

The meet started with the women’s weight throw, as freshman Camryn Bowman turned in an unofficial result of 15.41 meters (50-6.75) to finish eighth.

Rebekah Fox finished runner-up in the women’s high jump with her highest clearance of 1.65 meters (5-5).

Emily Williams-McElroy and Heather Feuchtenberger took second and third, respectively, in the 800 meters.

Freshman Matthew Scarr crossed the line in seventh place in the men’s 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.45.

Nathan Longfellow finished seventh in the men’s 5K with a time of 16:02.52.

Bucs who qualified

Lamisha Simmons will compete in both the 60-meter hurdles and 200 finals. Joining her in the 200 will be Kiana Davis and former Buc Katrina Seymour, now running professionally for the Bahamas.

Hunter Sampson is set to compete in the 400 finals after posting a time of 50.09 in the preliminaries.

Kyra Atkins will dash down the straightaway in the 60 finals. She qualified with the fourth fastest time of the day.

Others of note

Milligan All-American Sarah Kate Gartman proved victorious in the women’s 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:22.93. Freshman Amy Ferguson finished 10th, crossing the line in 19:03.55.

Advancing to the finals, Ronan Philippot broke the Buffs’ school record in the 60 hurdles. His time of 8.64 narrowly topped sophomore Tons Ferguson's mark of 8.65, which was set last season.

Milligan’s Liz Maller placed second in the women’s weight throw at 15.73 meters (51-6).

Olympian Manteo Mitchell qualified for the finals in both the 60 dash and the 200.

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