Crusaders start fast in first indoor showing of 2018

Crusaders start fast in first indoor showing of 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Crusaders start fast in first indoor showing of 2018

Johnson City, TN – North Greenville track and field kicked off the 2018 indoor season with a solid showing at the ETSU Invitational.

The Basics

  • Location: Johnson City Tennessee
  • Host: East Tennessee State University

How it Happened

  • Shekinah Wilder set school records in both the triple and long jumps. Wilder soared 11.79-meters in the triple and 5.50-meters in the long jump.
  • Millie Klefsaas also had a solid day for the women in her first collegiate T&F action setting two school records as a freshman. Klefsaas set a program best in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.39 while lifting herself to a height of 10’8” in the pole vault.
  • Sarah Scism turned in a personal best in the women’s long jump with a distance of 4.5-meters.
  • JJ Sherman continued to prove why he was one of the best athletes in Conference Carolinas, turning in an NCAA provisional time of 6.80-seconds in the 60-meter dash.
  • Another freshman with a solid first showing for the Crusaders was Adrian McGee who made the finals in the men’s long jump. McGee lept a distance of 6.74-meters which finished him in fifth place.
  • Ben Sessions finished fifth overall in the men’s 5k with a time of 15:47.96 which earned him a fifth-place finish.

On the Podium

  • Shekinah Wilder (2nd Place Triple Jump)
  • JJ Sherman (3rd Place 60-Meter Hurdles)

From Coach Stober

“For the most part, we had a great season opener. We had multiple personal bests, school records, and NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Anytime you can do that right out of the gate, it’s something to be excited about. I attribute that to how hard those individuals trained over Christmas break.

Shekinah Wilder had the best meet of her career setting two PBS that were also school records. I was very proud of her performances this weekend. Millie Klefsaas had a great collegiate debut breaking two school records. She’s got a bright future, and I’m excited to see what lies ahead for her.

One performance that will go unnoticed was Austin Nobles in the 3K. Results alone cannot tell the story of his race. Not only was he two seconds off his PB in his season opener. But the fashion that he ran that race is one to be recognized and remembered. He showed a tremendous amount of grit, and ran a spectacular race.

Overall, I’m pleased with this weekend. We’ve definitely got some work to do and some improvement to be made. But we are off to a good start. I’m excited to see our student-athletes get back on the track next weekend.”

Next Time Out

  • The Crusaders travel up to Winston Salem, North Carolina to take part in the Wake Forest Invitational on January 20th.