The USC Upstate track and field team returns to competition this weekend as it travels to Johnson City, Tenn. for the ETSU Track & Field Invitational hosted by East Tennessee State inside the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletics Center.
The Spartans are competing for the first time since Dec. 1 when they took part in the UNCG Six-Way Meet from the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. In the season opener, Upstate took home 18 top-5 performances with the women picking up 12 and the men six. The Spartans, as a team, combined for seven wins in the team scoring portion of the meet. The women tallied four victories and the men logged three.
Individually, a total of seven personal-best marks were recorded by Kyle Jones, Cameron Pratt, Meagan Bailey, KeAndrea Ladson, Destinie Sykes, Semaj Tolliver and Brittany Walls. Bailey and Walls both set three new personal-bests while Walls tied the school record in the high jump with a leap of 1.65-meters. Ladson tallied three top-5 finishes including two 2nd-place performances in the 60-meter hurdles and long jump. Griffin Eubanks opened his track career at Upstate with a 1st-place finish in the 3000-meter run to lead the men’s squad, and Blake Hayes compiled two finishes of 5th or better in the weight throw and shot put.
The ETSU Track and Field Invitational will begin at 10 a.m. Friday morning with the women’s 60-meter hurdle preliminaries and women’s weight throw. The final collegiate event of the day, the men’s 5000-meter run, is slated to start at 7:25 p.m. The schedule for Saturday starts with the morning session at 8 a.m. followed by the field events at 12 p.m.
The Spartans return to action next weekend (Jan. 23-24) when they make the short trip to Clemson for the Bob Pollock Invitational.