Day two sees ETSU get pair of runner-up performances

from staff reports

   JOHNSON CITY -- Competition in the second Niswonger Track and Field Invitational hosted by East Tennessee State University wrapped up Saturday night at the Mini-Dome.
   Overall it was the 26th anniversary of the spring meet.
   ETSU took the award stand twice during the night's competition. Chantelle Vernon finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.65 and Brad Yewer finished second in the mile run with a time of 4:16.57.
   The Bucs' James Rainer qualified Friday night for the 60-meter finals and placed fifth Saturday with a time of 6.89.
   Senior Chad Hyder made his mark in the shot put with a fourth-place finish. His longest throw was 15.15m.
   In the morning's unseeded distance runs, sophomore Christine Ward made a strong impression with her finish of 19:29.36 in the 5000-meter race.
   The first day of the Niswonger Foundation Track and Field Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State University, came to a close Friday night.
   ETSU senior Tiffany Collier took second place in the 800-meter finals with a time of 2:21.31.
   Buccaneer junior Chantelle Vernon qualified for the finals of the 60-meter dash, finishing the race with a time of 7.57, a personal best and a new school record. Vernon held the old school record of 7.64, which she set in the 2002 season.
   On the men's side, freshman Joshua Hicks ran a strong 800-meter race, finishing with a personal best of 1:59.88.
   The Bucs 4X400 meter relay team composed of Hicks, Kaylin Chesney, David Cabbler, and Johnny Tucker also ran well placing eighth with a time of 3:25.70.
   The highlight of the day's competition was the 3000-meter invitational run. The race featured Alan Webb, who is sponsored by Nike and broke Jim Ryun's prep mile record with a time of 3:53.43 while in high school, making him the first American high school miler ever to run under four minutes indoor.
   Webb won the race with a final time of 8:01.29, more than six seconds faster than his closest competitor.
   One of Webb's competitors was ETSU junior Brad Yewer, who finished sixth overall. Yewer's time of 8:24.36 was two seconds faster than his personal best.