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04.29.09: CUMBEE, MAHANEY PROVIDE DISTANCE HIGHLIGHTS AT GREAT 8 INVITATIONAL: This year's Great 8 Track & Field Invitational took place at Montgomery Bell Academy, jointly hosted by Tennessee Running & MBA. After a nasty storm blew through, delaying the field events by an hour, the meet had perfect weather, with sunshine and no wind. But there were several notable absences among the distance runners, notably that of Independence High star Kathy Kroeger. Taking full advantage of Kathy Kroeger's absence, Brentwood High senior, Mary Cumbee ran away with the girls' 3200m to win in convincing fashion. The UT-Chattanooga signee clocked 11:20.78, eclipsing Jill Skinner's 2004 meet record. Ensworth's Sarah DeLozier won the 1600 in 5:15.69, while Harpeth Hall's Grace Stumb won the 800, clocking 2:21.94. Belmont-bound Brandon Mahaney from Macon County High School won both the boys' 1600m (4:24.12) and 800m (1:59.44), while David Lipscomb High senior, Jeff Musick won the 3200 in 9:44.01. [results]
04.28.09: WRIGHT ON TRACK TO GREATNESS: RED BANK GRAD IS KEY PART OF LADY VOLS RECORDS:Overcome by fatigue, Phoebe Wright crossed the finish line and got sick. The then-Tennessee freshman had challenged Michigan’s Anna Willard, a future U.S. Olympic team member, in the third leg of the women’s 4X800-meter relay before Willard pulled away in front of a crowd of 46,000 at the 2007 Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Willard and the Wolverines went on to win the relay that day. But it was Wright who felt victorious... A former walk-on now on scholarship, Wright has flourished at Tennessee. After earning three All-America honors last year, she won an individual SEC championship in the 800-meter run and helped UT’s distance medley relay team set a world record in its second straight national title at the NCAA Indoors Championships this March. She was part of another world record, the 4x1500, at this past weekend’s Penn Relays, as well as an American record in the 4x800. [more, Chattanooga Times Free Press]
04.25.09: BAKSA BLAZES DOGWOOD 5K: Former UT stand-out, Andy Baksa, sped around the Dogwood Classic 5K course in 14:42, leaving another ex-UT runner, Stewart Ellington, some 150 yards adrift at the finish, clocking 15:18. It ws an especially impressive performance, given that Baksa had won the Dogwood Arts Festival road mile the previous night (clocking 4:24.0). Forty-three year old Kathy Wolski showde the younger women a clean pair of heels once again, clocking 18:14 for the female overall win. Clinton's Eric Vandervort, 42, picked up the male masters title, clcking 17:15. [results]
04.25.09: WRIGHT PART OF ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKING UT REAY TEAM ON FINAL DAY OF PENN RELAYS: Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright was part of another record-breaking UT relay quartet, clocking 2:02.62 for her anchor leg on the Lady Vols team that won their third distance relay title in as many days - a sweep that no team had managed since North Carolina pulled it off in 2003. The team of Kimarra McDonald (2:09.14), Chanelle Price (2:02.45), Sarah Bowman (2:03.70), and Wright clocked 8:17.91 to set another NCAA collegiate record, adding to the 4 x 1500m record they set the previous day. About the record, Wright, in a post-race interview said “Oh, yeah, I knew Chanelle and Sarah put it out there on the line, and I didn’t want all their hard work to be in vain, so I had a purpose out there, not just as a competitor." [results | video, flotrack.org]
04.25.09: KENYA'S MATUI AND RUSSIA'S PUSHKAREVA WINNERS AT COUNTRY MUSIC MARATHON: Thirty-five year old Amos Matui (right) of Kenya won the Country Music Marathon today with an unofficial time of 2:13:41 - a very impressive time given the oppressive heat. He also won the Battle of the Sexes event (the lead women set off 15 minutes ahead of the elite men) earning an extra $10,000 bonus on top of the $10,000 winner's prize. “The race was hard. At mile 20, I was feeling good and knew I had a chance to win,” said Matui, 33, the winner of the 2005 Singapore Marathon. “I like Nashville because of the music and entertainment, it was very motivating. Alphonce Kibor led the majority of the race, pulling away from the lead pack after the 10K mark with a series of sub-5:00 minute miles, running a 4:36 split for the 9th mile. Kibor, splitting 1:04:51 for the half, caught the women’s lead pack of three runners, just after the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park at mile 19.5. But Matui took the lead at the 25.5-mile mark and held on for the win.
Russia's Tatiana Pushkareva of Russia finished in 2:36:44, winning a women's race that started out at a conservative tempo running the first two miles on pace to finish in 2 hours, forty seconds. The lead pack of five turned to four, when American Michelle Susek fell back after mile 4. The lead group hit the halfway split at 1:17:01, staying together through mile 16. Pushkareva and countrywoman, Yulya Arhipova, ran side by side through mile 23, when Pushkareva gradually pulled away to take the race.
The first Tennessean finisher was Knoxville's Andrew Press, 22, who clocked an impressive 2:29:55 debut. “This was more of a spectacle than a race; everyone was going crazy with the bands. It was a little different tatmosphere than the NCAA,” said Press, who ran cross-country at the University of Tennessee and was the top American finisher. “The second half caught up with me, but I’m pleased with my performance at my first marathon." The first Tennessean female finisher was Nashville's Dorothy Gach, 37, who clocked 3:04:23. First male and female masters home were Mansfield's Lance Winders, 44, and Lisa Tolley, 42, of South Carolina, who clocked times of 2:46:16 and 3:09:59 respectively. Among some of the other impressive masters performances were 56-year-old Nashvillian Victoria Crisp's 3:35:33 clocking and the 3:30:33 by 68-year-old Dallas Smith of Cookeville.
The Half-marathon winners were Ben Payne of Columbus,MS in 1:10:42 and Christina Roberto of New Haven,CT in 1:23:15. Kentucky Wempe, 40, of Rome,GA and Michelle Chillie of Rochester,NY were the male and female masters winners, clocking 1:17:11 and 1:32:26 respectively. [searchable results]
04.24.09: FAM CLOCKS 27:39 10,000 IN BERKELEY: Knoxville's Anthony Famiglietti was part of a U.S 10,000m record attempt at the Cal Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley,CA. After coming through 5 kilometers in 13:46, Fam finished 4th, clocking 27:39.68, as Kenyan Sam Chelanga, a sophomore at Liberty University, won in 27:28.48. [results | video, flotrack.org]
04.24.09: WRIGHT PART OF RECORD-BREAKING LADY VOLS 4 x 1500 QUARTET AT PENN RELAYS: Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright continued her fine form on Day 4 of the Penn Relays, running strongly on the second leg the Lady Vols' winning 4 x 1500m relay quartet with a PR clocking of 4:19.0. Together with Chanelle Price (4:19.5), Rolanda Bell (4:19.6), and a great anchor from Sarah Bowman (4:10.5), the Lady Vols (just like the previous night) held off a stiff challenge from Georgetown to smash the U.S collegiate record of 17:15.62 (held by Michigan) with a 17:08.34. The mark also bettered the listed world record of 17:09.75, set by Asutralia in 2000. Later in the evening, UT freshman, Emerson Peacock, a product of Oak Ridge High School, clocked a startling 1:48.8 for his 800-meter leg for a DMR quartet that 9:56.27. [results | video, flotrack.org]
04.23.09: EDELMAN'S 14:04 REGIONAL QUALIFIER HIGHLIGHTS 'DISTANCE NIGHT' AT PENN RELAYS: Nate Edelman of Memphis sliced over 20 seconds off his 5000m PR to provide the best performance by a Tennessean on Day 3 of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia,PA. The former White Station High stand-out, now a sophomore at Cornell, clocked 14:04.14, well under the NCAA Regional qualifying mark, to place 7th in the men's college 5000m. Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright, clocking 3:22.2, led off the UT quartet that won the women's Distance Medley Relay in 11:02.11, just edging Georgetown. [results]
04.20.09: ADAMS, BROOKS FIRST FINISHERS AT BOSTON MARATHON: Some 236 Tennesseans took part in the 113th annual Boston Marathon, and they were led home by Knoxville's Bob Adams, 28, who clocked a PR of 2:34:01, while the first female Tennessean home was Harrogate's Tracy Brooks, 25, who clocked 3:11:58. Several Tennesseans placed in the top 10 in their age groups. Forty-five year old John Lawler of Knoxville place 7th in the men's 45-49 age group, clocking 2:45:19. Cordova's Brenda Walton, 51, finished 5th in the 50-54 age group, clocking 3:17:42, and Morristown's Malcolm Oliver, 60, placed 8th among the 60-64 males, clocking 3:11:33. Up at the front, Ethiopia's Deriba Merga won the men's race in a time of 2:08:42, while Kenyan Salina Kosgei edged Ethiopia's Dire Tune by one second, clocking 2:32:16, in an exciting down-to-the-wire finish in the women's race. Ryan Hall and Kara Goucher, the top Americans, both ran very well to finish 3rd, clocking 2:09:40 and 2:32:25 respectively. [searchable results]
04.18.09: PEACOCK SECURES NCAA REGIONAL BERTH AT EKU INVITE: Oak Ridge's Emerson Peacock continued to chip away at his 800m PR at the Eastern Kentucky Invite in Richmond,KY, clocking 1:50.73 to slice 0.13 seconds off his personal record and just duck under the NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 1:50.80. The UT freshman placed second to former teammate Andrew Dawson (1:50.40). [results]
04.18.09: JORGENSEN POSTS NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFIER AT WAR EAGLE INVITATIONAL: Memphis' Rita Jorgensen secured a spot at next month's NCAA Mid-East Regional Championships in Louisville,KY with a 4:24.32 clocking at the War Eagle Invitational in Auburn,AL. The Vanderbilt University sophomore, who prepped at White Station High School, placed 2nd in the women's invitational 1500m behind winner, Florida's Genevieve LaCaze. Jorgensen also clocked 2:11.68, placing 2nd in the 800m for good measure. [results]
04.18.09: CHANEY CLOCKS STATE-LEADING 1:54.01 800 AT VOL CLASSIC: Maryville High senior, Jordan Chaney, clocked 1:54.01 to win the boys' 800m on Day 2 of the Vol Classic in Knoxville. It was a PR for the UT signee and was also the fastest in the state so far this year. Knoxville Catholic's Megan Ferowich bounced back from the previous night's 10:50 deuce with a 5:06.64 clocking in the Markie Voyles girls' Mile to place 2nd behind Madeline Morgan of Alabama. In the boys' mile, Knoxville West's Matt Sonnenfeldt placed second behind Ohio's Zach Wills, clocking 4:17.79. [results]
04.18.09: BAKSA, ELLINGTON CRACK 15:00 AT BREAKTHROUGH RUN FOR AUTISM: Former UT runners Andy Baksa and Stewart Ellington both ran well under 15 minutes at the Breakthrough Run for Autism 5K. Baksa, 25, clocked 14:37, five ticks ahead of 34-year-old Ellington. Forty-three yea old Kathy Wolski was the first female finisher, clocking 18:31, while Tom Dever, 45, won the male masters title in a time of 17:25, good for 3rd overall. [results]
04.17.09: FRESHMAN FEROWICH CLOCKS 10:50 DEUCE AT VOL CLASSIC: Knoxville Catholics's 9th grade sensation, Megan Ferowich clocked a jaw-dropping 10:50 in her first ever 2-miler to win the deuce at the Volunteer Classic Meet at UT's Tom Black Track in Knoxville. The very talented freshman, who has focused on soccer until this spring, outran a loaded field that gave the Tennessee All-Time list a pretty good shuffle, to clock 10:50.48, the 3rd fastest ever by a Tennessean. Maryville's Clint McKelvey was the first Tennessean home in the boys' 2 miles, clocking 9:18.00. [results]
04.17.09: FAM BLAZES 13:17.98 5000 AT MT SAC RELAYS: Knoxville's Anthony Famiglietti clocked a very impressive 13:17.98 to place 2nd in the men's Invitational 5000m at the 51st annual Mt Sac Relays in Walnut,CA. In a race that set off a ferocious pace (61 opener, 4:15 first 1600), Fam took over at the 2K mark and led the field throughthe 2 mile marker in 8:32. In a very exciting race, Fam continued to lead until 120m to go, but he coudn't quite shake off out Mexico's Juan Luis Barrios, who kiicked away for the win down the home stretch, to clock 13:16.65 for the win. In the women'sinvitational 5000m, Knoxville's Treniere Clement placed 18th in a time of 16:08.28. [results]
04.14.09: JOHNSON CITY-BASED AGENT AND COACH, CHRIS LAYNE, INTERVIEWED: Flotrack visited Johnson City to chat with Milligan College coach Chris Layne, who juggles his coaching duties with being an agent with Total Sports Management. [video, flotrack.org]
04.11.09: SONNENFELDT CLOCKS 9:06 3200 (#7 ALL-TIME TN) AT ARCADIA INVITATIONAL: UK-bound Knoxville West senior, Matt Sonnenfeldt, lowered his PR to 9:06.04 - ranking him #7 on the Tennessee HS all-time list - in finishing 12th in the boys' 3200m at the prestigious Arcadia High School Invitational in California. Baylor School senior, Bill Matthews, also ran impressively, mixing it up with the leaders for much of the race, was not far behind. The Georgia signee clocked 9:08.92, in 16th, in a stacked race that saw 23 boys go under 9:20! In an earlier heat, Matthews' Baylor teammate, Brandon Lord, a junior, clocked an impressive 9:23.74. [results | video, flotrack.org]
04.11.09: FORMER WHITE STATION HS RUNNER, NATE EDELMAN, CLOCKS 29:31 10,000: Memphis' Nate Edelman, without much in the way of attention or fanfare, has been quietly working his butt off under the coaching of Cornell University coach and letsrun.com co-founder, Robert Johnson, and he was rewarded with a huge PR at 10,000m, clocking 29:31.93 at the Bucknell Bison Classic in Lewisburg,PA. [results]
04.11.09: HILL AND BEGIN IMPRESSIVE OVERALL WINNERS AT PURITY DAIRY DASH 10K: Kevin Hill and Melissa Begin were the overall winners of the Purity Moosic City Dairy Dash 10K. Hill (right), who ran collegiately for William & Mary, fought off a solid challenge from Chris Demetra, but clocked 32:19 to win by 11 seconds, while Begin won in rather more convincing fashion, reaching the finish line 71 seconds clear of runner-up Dorohy Gach in a time of 36:56. Franklin's Steve Rogers, 56, and Nashville's Amy Barrow, 51, headed the masters fields, clocking 38:36 and a very impressive 39:18 respectively. In the 5K race, 22-year-old Kurt Schauwecher, visiting from Kansas, and Clarksville's Maltby were the overall male and female winners, in times of 17:23 and 20:11, while Brentwood's Kim Holder was the female master home, clocking 22:42. The overall male and female winners of both races won a year's worth of Purity Ice Cream. [results: 10K | 5K]
04.10.09: FAM 'S 3:42 1500, CLEMENT'S 800 PROVIDES HIGHLIGHT OF RAIN-SOAKED DAY AT SEA RAY RELAYS: Knoxville's Anthony Famiglietti clocked 3:42.77 to win the men's 1500m in convincing fashion at the Sea Ray Relays held at UT's Tom Black track. Knoxville's Treniere Clement won the women's 800m, clocking 2:04.23, thereby securing a spot at the U.S. National Championships, should she choose to drop down in distance. Oak Ridge's Emerson Peacock, a UT frosh, narrowly missed the NCAA Regional mark, clocking an outdoor PR of 1:50.86, finishing 6th in the men's 800m. [results]
04.05.09: FAM CLOCKS 13:28 FOR 6TH AT CARLSBAD 5000: Knoxville's Anthony Famiglietti ran well to place 6th in a stacked field at the Carlsbad 5000 road race in Carlsbad,CA. 'Fam' (right) clocked a road PR of 13:28 over the rolling oceanside 5K layout, to finish first American and nine seconds behind winner, Bekana Daba, who led an Ethiopian sweep of the top three places. Fam just missed Marc Davis’ 13-year-old American record of 13:24. “It was just too little too late over the last 600 meters,” said Famigletti, competing for the first time in Carlsbad. “This is a fun place to race and the aggressive world class field was one of a kind. Now that I know the course I’ll have a better shot at the record next year. It was a good experience overall and a good start to the outdoor track season.” [results]
04.04.09: WRIGHT NOTCHES 800 WIN AT FLORIDA RELAYS: Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright, a junior at the University of Tennessee, clocked 2:04.91 to win the women's 800m at the Pepsi Florida Relays, secure her spot at NCAA Regionals, and top the state rankings, as Johnson City's Heidi Dahl, a senior at ETSU, placed 2nd in 2:06.90. [results]
04.04.09: MATTHEWS' NATION-LEADING 4:11 1600 IS HIGHLIGHT OF McCALLIE MID-SOUTH CLASSIC: Baylor School senior, Bill Matthews, provided the best of many highlights at the McCallie Mid-South Classic High School meet in Chattanooga. Matthews, a University of Georgia signee, crushed his rivals with a great display of front running that saw him lower his PR and the meet record to 4:11.00, easily ranking him as the #1 high school miler in the state so far, and also seeing him top the U.S. list. [results]
04.04.09: TENNESSEE WELL REPRESENTED AT MOBILE MEET OF CHAMPIONS: Tennessee was well represented at the Mobile Meet of Champions in Mobile,AL. Cordova High junior, William James, placed 3rd in the boys' 800m, clocking 1:56.08. Rossview junior, Jake Rainey, scored a PR in the boys' 1 mile, clocking 4:22.62. And Brentwood High senior, Mary Cumbee, chiseled some time off her mile PR with a 5:13.18 clocking, good for 9th. In the boys' 4 x 800m relay, Cordova clocked 8:04.97. [results | photos]
04.04.09: BAKSA, WOLSKI LEAD BIG RED SWEEP AT RUN FOR THE SCHOOLS 5K: Knoxville's Andy Baksa and Kathy Wolski led a Runner's Market sweep of the male and female top 3 places at the Run for the Scoold 5K. Baksa edged last week's Knoxville Marathon champ, Stu Ellington, by two seconds to win in 15:24, while 43-year-old Wolski, also a winner at last week's marathon, clocked 18:58 to win in convincing fashion over Jasmine Keller. Ron Manis claimed the male masters title, clocking 18:18. [results]
04.04.09: COOPER, GACH WINNERS AT RICHLAND CREEK 5-MILER: Patrick Cooper and Dorothy Gach were the male and female overall winners at the Richland Creek 5-miler in Nashville, clocking 28:43 and 30:54 respectively. Cooper finished 44 seconds up on John Ramsey, while 37-year-old Gach's victory was even more emphatic, as she finished 84 seconds clear of female runner-up. Tonya Lumphrey. Forty-year-old Robert McKay and Theresa Marchetti, 44, were the first male and female masters home, clocking 31:17 and 37:23. [results]
04.04.09: HARMON DEFENDS HOME TURF AT MULE DAY 5K: Columbia's Brandon Harmon successfully defended his home turf at the Mule Day 5K. Harmon, 23, clocked 17:16 to win fairly comfortably, while Nashville's Emily Ryan was the female winner in 20:03. First male and female masters fnishers were Columbia's Bill Fanning and Brentwood's Kim Holder, running 17:50 and 23:30 respectively. [results]