Four Mountaineer runners capture first place at ETSU Invitational


Courtesy of App State Athletics

Freshman jumper Jazmine Posey attempts a jump in the App State Invite Dec. 3.

Drew Bailey, Reporter

App State women’s track and field traveled to Tennessee for the East Tennessee State University Track and Field Invitational Jan. 14-15. The Mountaineers were successful at the second meet of the season, as four runners won their events. 

I was very pleased with most of the performance and going into the meet, I told the team we should be the dominant team. They stepped up and made it happen,” said head track and field coach Damion McLean in an email.

Graduate student La’Bria King had a career day after winning the 200-meter event with a time of 25.15 seconds and placing second in the 60-meter event with a 7.69 time. The event recognized King as the most outstanding performer. 

App State swept the triple jump event, with junior Jada Branch leaping to 12.29 m, senior Hassani Burris finishing in second after traveling 11.64-meters and junior Nevaeh Haddock earning third with 10.69 meters. 

In the 5,000 run, graduate student Macki Walsh captured first place with a time of 17:59.62. Junior Taylor Smith also captured first place in the long jump event, with a 5.89 meters jump. 

The Mountaineers had a strong presence in the 3,000 run. Junior Jasmine Donohue’s record of 10:12.99 helped her obtain second place. Senior and first team All-Sun Belt cross country runner Izzy Evely finished in fifth place with a 10:53.64 time. Freshman Kirstin Towle finished in quick succession in sixth place with her 10:55.61 time. Freshman Karsyn Kane finished in eighth place, and junior Madison Christy finished in ninth place to round out the top 10. They finished with times of 11:00.54 and 11:00.98, respectively. 

In the weight throw, freshmen Daiyanna Cooper and Graysen Arnold both threw for personal records. Cooper’s throw measured 16.41 meters and earned her second place, while Arnold’s 15.39 meters attempt gave her third place. 

Senior Kayla Carson bounded 1.6 meters in the high jump to earn second place. Senior Casey Meinert took second in the pole vault after soaring up 3.5 meters. In the one mile run, freshman Alexis Svoboda finished just outside the podium in fourth place with her 5:17.31 time. 

Women’s track and field travel next to the University of South Carolina for the Carolina Challenge Jan. 21-22. McLean is hoping to continue this teams success into the Carolina 

“Main goal is to have fun! Second, we want to win the championship. In order to win a championship, each individual needs to do their part successfully,” McLean said. “Get a few to the NCAA Championship in March and build off the indoor season going outdoors.”