Upstate Track And Field Teams Complete First Day Of Niswonger Invitational
JOHNSON CITY, TENN—USC Upstate's men's and women's track and field teams completed the first day of competition at the 33rd Niswonger Invitational Friday at the MHSA Athletic Center on the campus of East Tennessee State University.
The Spartan men were especially strong in the sprints and throws on the first day of competition, with Ben Wheeler (Spartanburg, S.C./Coastal Carolina) and Michael Meissner (Cottage Grove, Minn./UW-River Falls) continuing their strong indoor campaigns as a part of the sprint team for the Spartan men.
For Wheeler, it was another record-setting afternoon as his time of 7.11 in the 60-meter dash eclipsed Biletto McGee's previous mark of 7.15 in the 60 meters set back in 2008 at the Clemson Invitational. Meissner was strong all afternoon, setting a new school records in the 200 and 400 meters.
In the 400-meter, Meissner produced a 15th-place finish time of 50.05, as he broke his school-record time of 50.14 set at the 2010 Atlantic Sun Championships. In the 200-meters, Meissner clocked a time of 22.83 to eclipse his previous school record of 23.06 set just last weekend at the JRF Invitational.
In the men's weight throw, it was junior Kenneth Sugishita (Arroyo Grande, CA./Arroyo Grande HS) performing well for the Spartans for the second-straight weekend, as he got his weekend off to a strong start with a toss of 51-08.50 (15.76m) and a 12th-place finish in the competition. His toss was good enough to surpass his previous school-record mark of 51.08.25 set just last weekend by the slimmest of margins.
Kathryn Neely (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern HS) highlighted the day for the women finishing 34th in the 60-meter hurdles, as she posted a time of 10.02 in the event. The Spartan men and women will be back in competition all day tomorrow