Bucs finish out Tri-Star with nine wins

Tanner Cook • Updated Apr 28, 2018 at 9:44 PM

The second day of the inaugural Tri-Star Classic hosted by East Tennessee State at Science Hill was a good one for the Buccaneers all around, as their men and women combined for nine victories.

The day started with standout thrower Ben Johnson winning the hammer with a throw of 196 feet, 5 inches — which was more than six meters better than the next finisher. Johnson was also victorious in the discus, prevailing by one-tenth of a meter.

Nathan Rivera kept the momentum going for the Bucs, ruling the high jump with a 6-foot-7 leap. He also placed eighth in the 110-meter hurdles.

Freshman Drae Butts shined in the triple jump, besting his competition with a jump of 46 feet, 9 inches — more than half a meter ahead of the runner-up. Butts was also the second leg on ETSU’s 4x100 meter relay team that finished third.

The Bucs got a runner-up finish from Lamisha Simmons in the 100 hurdles, losing by the narrow margin of one hundredth of a second (13.76 to 13.77).

The Bucs continued to stand out in the sprints on the women’s side, racking up a second-place finish from Kiana Davis and a fifth place from Kyra Atkins.

The middle distance events were another area where the Bucs showed out, as Emily Williams-McElroy won the 800 with a big push down the back stretch. She crossed the line in 2 minutes, 9.99 seconds.

Matthew Scarr rolled to victory in the men’s 800, snatching the lead with less than 100 meters to go and fighting off a great race from Wofford’s Joe Harbacevich, who was the runner-up in the Southern Conference event in 2017.

Davis also was runner-up in the women’s 200 by .03 seconds (23.99 to 24.02). Simmons took fourth in the event with a run of 24.67.

Karon Delince continued his banner season with a scintillating run of 21.54 in the men’s 200, but he had to hold off USC Upstate’s Terry Newell, who was up on Delince with 100 meters to go and finished just .05 seconds behind.

Carl Oberfeitinger scored the final individual title of the day for ETSU with a win in the invitational mile, crossing the line in 4:27.98.

ETSU closed out the day with a win in the women’s 4x400 relay.

Johnson City Press Videos