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08.31.09: CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPS HOUSTON SETTLE IN: Aaron Martens and most of his Houston High School boys cross country team went through a case of sudden shock when he was thrust into the head track coach's job at midseason after the abrupt dismissal of longtime coach George Gibson. This fall, it's more of a lingering tingle as the defending state Class AAA champs get used to Martens' style. [more, commercialappeal.com]
08.31.09: CLARK-RILEY STRUGGLES IN GATESHEAD: Typical Northeast England weather greeted runners at the Aviva Bristish Grand Prix in Gateshead and, as a result, few stellar times were laid down. The women's 800 meters, which saw Knoxville's Hazel Clark-Riley compete in a completely Anglo-American race, was no exception. In a race won by Christin Wurth in 2:01.22, Clark-Riley was beaten by the wind, rain, and four other runners, finishing 6th in 2:04.85, almost five seconds off her season's best. [results]
08.29.09: KNOXVILLE TRACK CLUB 2ND AT HOOD TO COAST: Out in Oregon, the Knoxville Track Club team did a fantastic job to covered the 197 mile trek from Mt Hood to the pacific coast (at the town of Seaside) in an impressive time of 17:58:56 (an average of 5:28 per mile) to take 2nd place overall in the open category. There was a total of 1,000 teams (12,000 runners) in what is the "mother of all relays". KTC's dirty dozen - a collection of current and former Knoxville area racers and a couple of ringers from across the NC state line - was, in running order: Elijah Shekinah, Bill Kabasenche, Andrew Press, Bobby Adams, Stuart Moran, Daniel Hughes, Michael Mentz, Bobby Holcombe, Stewart Ellington, Chad Newton, Andy Baksa, and Joseph Goetz, with John Smyth and Herb Gengler driving the vans. [results will be here | funny KTC twitter updates]
08.17.09: CLARK-RILEY NARROWLY MISSES OUT ON 800 FINAL BERTH IN BERLIN: Knoxville's Hazel Clark-Riley showed why she is the 5-time U.S Champion at 800 meters in Berlin, acquitting herself well in the semi-finals of the IAAF World Championships, but it just wasn't quite enough to make Wednesday's final. The 31-year-old clocked a season's best of 1:59.96 in finishing 3rd in her heat, but was beaten out of the second automatic qualifying spot by Britain's Jen Meadows (1:59.45). Clark-Riley wound up being the fastest runner not to make the final.
Clark was in tears afterwards and vowed to get that elusive major championship medal on her resumé. She said, in a post-race interview with letsrun.com, "I broke two minutes. I am a little disappointed. I'll get past it. It always feels good to break two minutes. I was the first one to miss. It was a close call. But this year, I had so many naysayers. I've been here for so long. I have worked so hard for so long. I'm going to keep working hard until I get the medal that I have been working for." The other two Americans, Geena Gall and Maggie Vessey, performed disappointingly, and were never factors in their respective semi-final heats.
A notable performance in the women's 3000m Steeplechase - Jenny Barringer placed 5th and clocked a new American record of 9:12.50. [results]
08.16.09: MIXED FORTUNES FOR TENNESSEANS ON DAY 2 OF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: The morning session of Day 2 of the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany brought about mixed fortunes for the two Tennessee runners representing the U.S. team. Knoxville's Hazel Clark-Riley comfortably earned one of the three automatic qualifying spots offered in her preliminary heat, placing third in 2:02.67, and looking perhaps as good as she has all year. "I got out fast because I was in lane one, but I felt confident," she said in a post-race interview with Flotrack. The other two Americans, Geena Gall and Maggie Vessey also advanced with no problems.
In the men's 300m Steeplechase prelims, however, the U.S team had a dismal showing. Cordova's Josh McAdams, the U.S Champion, struggled with a groin injury he first sustained in the spring and trailed in last in 9:02.19, by far the slowest steeple of his life. The other two Americans, Dan Huling and Kyle Alcorn, finished last and dropped out.
Clark-Riley will run in the women's 800m semi-finals tomorrow (Monday 17th). Drawn in the last of the three heats , she will have the advantage of knowing exactly what she has to fo to advance to Wednesday's final, but will face off against current world leader, CasterSemenya, the 18-year-old South African, who clocked 1:56.72 two weeks ago. [results]
08.15.09: ELLINGTON, WOLSKI AT SCHOLARS 5K: Stewart Ellington and Kathy Wolski led a Runner's Market sweep of the top 2 male and female slots and also the master's honors at the Scholars 5K in Knoxville. Ellington, 34, clocked 15:12, finishing 63 seconds up on teammate, Alan Horton. Wolski, 43, clocked 18:30 to finish 33 seconds ahead of teammate, Jasmin Keller. Keith Gemeinhart, 40, got the male masters' win, clocking 17:55. [results]
08.15.09: SCRIBNER AND HILL-WALKER WINNERS AT ELVIS PRESLEY 5K: Former Mississippi State stand-out, Robert Scribner, won out in a tussle of ex-SEC runners, outpacing former Ole Miss star, Kyle Lewis, by eight seconds to win the Elvis Presley 5K in Memphis. The 23-year-old, who stilllives in Starkville,MS, covered the coursein 14:47. Carolyn Hill-Walker of Memphis led the women home, clocking 18:03 to finish 16 seconds up in Megan Franks, who also traveled in from Starkville. Amid masters competition that was well down compared to previous years, Memphian, Mark Temme, 40, and Collierville's Carolyn Rock, 45, claimed the over-40 wins, clocking 18:35 and 21:42 respectively. [results]
08.15.09: LUENBERGER, ROLLINS DOMINATE RUN FOR THE HILL 5K: Twenty-three year old Josiah Luenberger, visiting from Ohio, was an emphatic winner at Johnson City's Run for the Hill 5K. He clocked 16:27 to finish fifty seconds up on the next finisher, Andrew Weems. The first woman home was 51-year-old Susan Rollins, who clocked 20:07, almost two minutes clear of the next female runner home. First male master was Jeffrey Adams in 19:30. [results]
08.15.09: CHEMAOI PREVENTS SCOTTS' SWEEP AT FENTON PAYNE & FRED 5K: MTSU runner Festus Chemaoi was the first runner across the line at the Fenton Payne & Fred 5K in Murfreesboro. The 22-year-old Kenyan, who has run 1500m in 3:46, zipped around the MTSU course in 15:09 to finish 14 seconds clear of 37-year-old Jef Scott of Bowling Green,KY. Jef's wife, Michelle, however, had little trouble in running away with the women's title . The 39-year-old, who coaches at her alma mater, Western Kentucky, clocked 18:30 to win by a 74-second margin from Murfreesboro's Kristen Phillips. With Cheamoi being unable to accept the prize money, the Scotts left Murfreesboro $200 better off. First male and female masters were Murfreesboro's Scott Slavens, 42, and Karen Neely, 43, clocking 17:54 and 22:42 respectively. Of particular note was Sixty-eight year old Margie Stoll's 23:05 clocking - by far the best age-graded performance of the day (94.% - worth around 15:40 for an open female). [results]
08.14.09: TOWSE AND HALL WINNERS AT HOWL AT THE MOON 5K: Some 233 runners toed the line at LaVergne's Howl at the Moon 5K and were treated with a relatively cool and breezy night. Nashville's Ted Towse was the first runner to finish, clocking 16:16, while Fairview's Andrea Hall won a battle with 47-year-old Theresa Saupé of Murfreesboro to win the female overall title, clocking 20:30. Male and female masters honors went to Dirk Hayes, 47, of Murfreesboro and Saupé respectively. Their times were 19:47 and 20:35. [results]
08.13.09: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS KICK OFF IN BERLIN AUGUST 15TH: The 12th IAAF World Championships kick off on Saturday (the 15th). This year Berlin, Germany is hosting the meet. Tennessee is represented by Cordova's Josh McAdams, who runs in the men's 3000m Steeplechasee, and Knoxville's Hazel Clark-Riley, who runs in the women's 800m. Both are 2009 U.S Champions in their respective events and represented the U.S at the Olympic Games in Beijing last summer. This will be McAdam's second appearance at the World Championships. In the 2007 championships, in Osaka, Japan, the 29-year-old was eliminated in the prelims. Clark-Riley, 31, has competed in 3 previous World Championships, with a best finish of 8th in Helsinki in 2005. Both McAdam's prelim and Clark's 800m prelim take place during the morning session on Day 2 of the meet - Sunday the 16th. [IAAF Berlin '09 Website | TV & Webcast schedule]
08.10.09: STOLL WINS TWO GOLDS AND TWO SILVERS AT NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES: Nashville's Margie Stoll had a busy, but very productive 4 days at the National Senior Games in Palo Alto,CA. Stoll, 68, had an outstanding 4 days of running, brining 4 medals home to Nashville. On Thursday Stoll won the women's 65-69 1500m with an impressive 6:33.84, winning by a whopping 43-second margin, while Nashville's Carlos Cobos placed 8th in the men's 70-74 race with a time of 6:24.71. On Friday, each was in action in the 800m prelims.Stoll won her heat in 3:13.93 and Cobos qualified with a 2:59.98 clocking. In the final on Saturday, Stoll struck gold again with a 3:13.47 clocking, winning by 19 seconds. Cobos finished 5th in his 800 final in 3:01.01
In the accompanying 5K and 10K road races, held on Saturday and Sunday respectively, Stoll won silver in her age group in both the 5K (23:29) and the 10K (49:26), while Knoxville's Greg Johnson, 51, finished 5th in the 5K and then captured the 10K silver medal. Cobos the 5K Road Race in 23:46 for a 7th place finish in his age group. The National Senior Games is an 18-sport sports festival for athletes over the age of 50, held every two years. The 2011 games will be held in Houston,TX. [results: track | road]
08.08.09: HORTON DOMINATES GREENWAY 5-MILE TRAIL RUN: Knoxville's Alan Horton had little trouble duplicating his road speed on the rocky trails of Chattanooga's Greenway Farm. Horton, a 2008 Olympic Trialist in the marathon, clocked 29:23 to win by 48 seconds over Chattanooga's John Sillery. Amanda Afdahl of Lookout Mountain,GA was the first female runner to finish, clocking 39:42. Masters honors went to Hixson's Gary Adkins and Cleveland's Gina Tolbert, who clocked 35:49 and 43:40 respectively. [results]
08.08.09: ADAMS AND WOLSKI DOMINANT AT VMC 5K: Brad Adams and Kathy Wolski were rather comfortable winners at the 12th annual VMC 5K in Knoxville. Adams clocked 17:09 to finish 41 seconds up on runner-up, John Kramer. Wolski, 43, blew away the female competition, with her 18:42 clocking almost three minutes up on the next woman home. Forty-eight year old Jim Stringham clocked 18:56 to lead the male masters in. [results]
08.08.09: GOETZ AND LEFORT CONQUER MISSIONARY RIDGE: Despite getting only about 90 minutes of sleep following a Tool concer the previous night, 26-year-old Joseph Goetz ran impressively to win the 36th annual John Bruner Memorial Missionary Ridge Road Race in Chattanooga. Goetz covered the tough 4.7 mile course in 25:32, averaging a 5:25 per mile pace. Sabrina Lefort, 22, was the female winner, clocking 31:02. Tim Ensign, 46, won the male masters division, finishing the course in an impressive 26:30, while 8-time winner, Jan Gautier, 44, won the female masters division in a time of 32:02. [results]
08.08.09: YAROSZ AND TERRELL WINNERS AT EAST NASHVILLE TOMATO FESTIVAL 5K: Some 746 runners toed the start line for the East Nashville Tomato Festival 5K, and they were led home by 31-year-old Doug Yarosz, who clocked 18:11. Perhaps more impressive, though, was the run by Courtney Terrell to finish first female in 19:06, good for 9th overall. Masters honors went to 43-year-old Douglas Murphy and 42-year-old Ginny Miller in times of 19:05 and 22:15. [results]
08.08.09: MOORE AND BROWN-BOULAY VICTORS AT WILLIAMSON COUNTY FAIR 5K: Nashville's Alex Moore and Franklin's Franklin's Molly Brown-Boulay were the male and female winners at the Williamson County Fair 5K held at the County Agricultural Expo Park in Franklin. On a very hilly course, Moore, 26, who ran collegiately at Texas A&M, clocked 17:40 to win by almost two minutes, while Brown-Boulay, 38, clocked 20:28 to beat Jesi Christiansen by 16 seconds. Franklin's Steve Rogers, 56, ran impressively to win the male masters title in 20:25, while 47-year-old Tina Miller was the first female master in. [results]
08.08.09: SCHMIDT PREVENTS MURFREESBORO SWEEP AT SMYRNA PARKS 5K & MILE: Jason Carpenter and Theresa Saupé, both of Murfreesboro, won the overall male and female titles at the Smyrna Parks 5K. Carpenter clocked 17:12 to outpace Patrick Cooper by seven seconds. The 47-year-old Saupe clocked 19:49 to finish comfortably ahead of an eye-catching 20:14 run by 13-year-old Elizabath Scott of Brentwood. Antioch's Timothy O'Leary 47, ran well to hold off a stern challenge from John Lovell and pick up the master's win in 17:37. In the Bill Nash Mile held afterwards, Murfreesboro's Jack Tracy was way out in front, clocking 4:35.2 to win in convincing fashion. But finishing third overall and first among females was Nashville's Jessica Schmidt, who clocked 5:14.0. [results: 5K | 1 mile]
08.02.09: KEVEREN NABS SILVER MEDAL AT PAN-AM JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: In his first time in a Team USA uniform, Brentwood's Sean Keveren ran a tremendous race to finish second in the men's 5000m at the Pan-Am Junior Championships held in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad & Tobago. Despite the challenging conditions (82°F temperature and 79% humidity), the 19-year-old clocked a PR of 14:14.46 and edged U.S teammate, Colby Lowe, in a race won by Canada's Mohammed Ahmed in 14:12.11. [results]
08.02.09: DAHL ENDS EUROPEAN CAMPAIGN WITH RAINY 800 IN WATTENSCHEID: Johnson City's Heidi Dahl ended her European racing season with what -- given an amazing last couple of weeks -- must have been a disappointing run over 800 meters in the German town of Wattenscheid. In a race slowed by heavy rain and strong winds, Czech Lenka Masna won in 2:01.81, while Dahl placed 5th in 2:03.73, almost three seconds slower than she ran in Belgium a week earlier. But Dahl, just 23, has taken her running to the next level this summer, lowering her 800m and 1500m PRs to 2:00.88 and 4:09.75, making her a serious contender for national titles in 2010. [results (pdf)]
08.01.09: SPOONER NOTCHES ANOTHER WIN AT WEST HILLS 5K: University of Tennessee stand-out, Mike Spooner, picked up his third road race victory of the summer, outrunning Stewart Ellington to win the West Hills 5K in a time of 15:02. The 21-year-old Virginian finished 15 seconds up on Ellington, himself a former UT star. Among the women, Brentwood's Sue Ann Guzik, a former Farragut High star, who is a frequent visitor to Knoxville, led the field, clocking 20:13. James Strongham picked up the male masters honors, clocking 19:34. [results]
08.01.09: CACARO IMPRESSIVE AT AVENUE OF HOPE 5K: Former Cordova High runner Justin Cacaro and Jessica Suzore were the overall male and female winners at the Avenue of Hope 5K in Collierville. Cacaro, who will run for UT-Martin this fall following a successful career at Cowley Community College, clocked an impressive solo 15:45, finishing more than 600 meters clear of the next runner home, Tim Hampton. Suzore clocked 23:10 to best a weak women's field, while Hampton and Debi Raffanti picked up the masters hardware, clocking 18:04 and 24:23 respectively. [results (pdf)]
08.01.09: SCOTTS SWEEP AT GOODLETTSVILLE 4-MILER, AGAIN: Jef and Michelle Scott made the 45-minute drive south from Bowling Green,KY well worth their while once again, sweeping the male and female overall titles for the third time. Jef clocked 20:15 to win in very convincing fashion, 27 seconds clear of ex-Belmont standout, Kiposgei Magut, who, in turn, was one tick ahead of fellow Kenyan, Hillary Kogo. Jef's wife, Michelle, had more of a battle on her hands. The 39-year-old, who is the women's distance coach at Western Kentucky University, has Nashville's Jessica Schmidt with her for more than three quarters of the race, before Scott, after several mid-race surges, finally pulled away with 1200 meters remaining to clock 23:56. Magut's 20:42 and Schmidt's 24:06 clockings were the fastest 4-milers by Tennesseans posted so far this year. Among masters, David McKinney of Baldwyn,MS and Martha DiNardo of Christiana led the way, clocking 25:09 and 30:51 respectively, but 68-year-old Margie Stoll's 31:36 may have been the most impressive run of the day. [results]