Johnson City Press: Buffs start off indoor track with national marks

Buffs start off indoor track with national marks

Tanner Cook • Updated Dec 6, 2017 at 4:39 PM

The Milligan College indoor track season is off to quite a start during the early part of the season with two meets that were held last week. 

Sophomore Brianna Buck equaled her personal best in the high jump with an effort of 1.58 meters at Roanoke College in Roanoke, Virginia. 

Junior Liz Maller swept the throwing events en route to qualifying for nationals in the weight throw, earning her personal best of 16.13 meters which secured her first first-place finish of the day. Maller also had a mark of 12.55m in her first-place finish in the shot put.

In freshman Stephanie Wisse's collegiate debut, Wisse recorded a national qualifying time of 9.05 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, placing second overall.

Wisse finished third in the 200 meters with a time of 26.79, also her collegiate debut.

On Wednesday, in Black Mountain, North Carolina, three of the distance women captured the first-, second- and third-place spots in the 5K with both personal bests and national marks.

Senior JJ Robinson won with a time of 18:05.93 while sophomore Katlyn Haas followed in second with a time of 18:09.84. Senior Sarah Kate Gartman finished third with a time of 18:15.59.

Men’s Basketball

After taking one of their two games at “The Show” in Kingsport, the Buffs were back on the road to play a pair of Appalachian Athletic Conference opponents.

The Buffs lost the first game at Tennessee Wesleyan but came back to win at Allen University behind a huge night from Daxton Bostian (34 points) in a 93-90 win. The win improved Milligan’s record to 3-9 and the Buffs will remain on the road until the new year.

Some of the upcoming games include three road exhibitions against NCAA Division I opponents UNC-Asheville, William & Mary and Troy. The fourth and final game of 2017 will be at UVA-Wise on Dec. 30.

The Buffs will get back into the swing of conference play on Jan. 2 against Bryan. Ten of Milligan’s final 15 games will be at home.

Women’s Basketball

The women’s team has hit a small losing streak as they have dropped the past two games against Tennessee Wesleyan and Allen. Both are conference opponents.

The Lady Buffs almost rallied to win the against Tennessee Wesleyan, but it fell short as the bulldogs pulled it out in the final three minutes, 81-75.

In the game against Allen, the Buffs had a horrible shooting night, especially from three-point range, going 8-34 in a 71-54 drubbing. No one for Milligan reached double digits.

The Lady Buffs will next play on the road at conference foe Point and then a road exhibition at D-1 opponent Longwood. The Buffs will continue the road trip to Georgetown College in Kentucky on Dec. 30.

Like the men, the women will play nine of their final 16 games at home.

Women’s Soccer

Freshman goalkeeper Eva Bower and sophomore Bekah Cundiff of the Milligan College women's soccer team earned a spot on the 2017 United Soccer Coaches NAIA Women's All-East Region second team.

The first team consists of 11 players while the second team includes eight.

Milligan was just one of two AAC teams that had players awarded. Truett-McConnell's Katey Griggs also earned a spot on the second team.

Bower and Cundiff highlighted the women's soccer team's postseason awards being named to the all-conference first team.

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