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This is TR's news archives for February 2009. Some of the hyperlinks are to other sites whose urls may have changed. Please let us know if a hyperlink in the archives is no longer working.

02.28.09: BARGIACHI 5TH IN 3000 AT SEC, PEACOCK CLOCKS HUGE 800 PR AT SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Memphis runners, Denise Bargiachi and Rita Jorgensen ran very well in a very strong women's 3000m field at the SEC Conference Championships held in Lexington,KY. Bargiachi, a senior at Arkansas, shaved half a second off her PR, clocking 9:29.17 in 5th place, helping Arkansas into the lead in the women's team standings at the end of Day 3. Bargiachi will be aiming to defend her 5000m title tomorrow.

Rita Jorgensen, a Vanderbilt sophomore, clocked 9:51.59 in 10th place, leaving Vanderbilt have yet to score a point. In 800-meter prelim action, both Phoebe Wright and Emerson Peacock advanced to tomorrow's final. Wright, a Tennesse junior who hails from Signal Mountain, clocked 2:07.60 to win her heat, while Peacock, a freshman who prepped at Oak Ridge, clocked a stunny 1:50.64 PR to make his final. [results]

02.28.09: SORRELL 5TH IN 3000 AT BIG 12 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Memphis' Rob Sorrell ran very well to place 5th in in a loaded men's 3000m field at the Big 12 Conference Championships in College Station,TX. Sorrell, a junior at Oklahoma University, came very close to his PR, clocking 8:07.07, in a race won by Oklahoma State freshman phenom German Fernandez in 7:57.71. Earlier, Fernandez clocked a jaw-dropping 3:55.02 to win the men's Mile, some ten seconds clear of the rest of the field. [results]

02.28.09: CLEMENT ADVANCES TO 800 FINAL AT U.S. INDOOR CHAMPS AS CLARK SCRATCHES: Knoxville's Treniere Clement comfortably advanced to the women's 800m final at the U.S Indoor Championships in Boston, winning her heat in 2:06.44. But training partner, Hazel Clark, who was a strong favorite (in the absence of Alice Schmidt) to win another 800 national title, was a late scratch. You can watch the final on ESPN 2 tomorrow from 5-7pm Eastern. [results]

02.28.09: MELISSA BEGIN IMPRESSIVE AT RACE JUDICATA: Twenty-one year old Jordan Wilson of Brentwood and Mount Juliet's Andee Cranford, 31, were the overall winners of the Race Judicata 5K held in Nashville, conquering the hills of Percy Warner Park and the cold, damp weather to clock 16:53 and 19:56, while Springfield's Keith Woodall and Brentwood's Sue Ann Guzik got the masters wins in times of 19:21 and 22:36 respectively.

In the doubly-challenging 10K, 31-year-old Josh Hite of Cookeville was the first runner across the line, clocking 38:14, but Nashville's Melissa Begin wasn't far behind. The triatlon specialist's impressive 38:37 was good for 3rd overall, and saw her notch her second win in as many weeks. Ricky Donoho, 44, of White House, was the first male master home, clocking 40:53, while Guzik picked up her second masters title of the morning, cruising to a 46:18. [results: 5K | 10K]

02.28.09: FAULK AND McDOWELL WINNERS AT SCENIC CITY HALF: Kingsport's Jeremy Faulk and Rebecca McDowell of Mechanicsville,VA, both 21-year-old cross-country runners for King College in Bristol, were the overall male and female winners at the Scenic City Half-Marathon in Chattanooga. Faulk clocked 1:15:46. McDowell clocked 1:33:43. The first male and female masters to finish were Lookout Mountain's Chuck Denham and New Yorker, Laura Guerra, clocking 1:28:23 and 1:44:12 respectively. [results]

02.28.09: WRIGHT, ALLEN CRUISE TO WINS AT SURGOINSVILLE 10-MILER : Johnson City's Chris Wright and Kingsport's Molly Allen were the overall male and female winners at the Surgoinsville 10-miler. Wright, 25, a former stand-out for Milligan College, clocked 57:07. Allen, 38, clocked 1:08:40. Ricky Overholt, 56, of Morristown, and Johnson City's Karen Sieferth, 51, claimed the masters wins, clocking 1:08:46 and 1:14:38 respectively. [results]

02.27.09: FAMIGLIETTI TALKS ABOUT 2009 BEING A TRANSITIONAL YEAR IN FLOTRACK INTERVIEW: An interesting interview in which Knoxville Olympian, Anthony Famiglietti, discusses his goals for 2009, signing with Saucony, and his potential move towards the marathon distance.

02.22.09: BUMBALOUGH THIRD IN BIG EAST 3000: Andrew Bumbalough, running in his first race since the NCAA Cross-Country Championships in November, found himself lacking the closing speed to clinch a victory in the men's 3000m at the Big East Conference Championships, held at New York City's Armory track. The former Brentwood Academy star, who has been coming back from an Achilles tendon injury, was content to let the pace remain pedestrian (4:31 first 1600), despite not yet having an NCAA Championships qualifying time, but Dave McCarthy capitalized on Bumbi's lack of sharpness and, with 100 meters to go, kicked his way to a victory in 8:07.06 (splitting around a 4:08 last 1600), with Bumbalough clocking 8:10.88. Georgetown's men placed a disappointing 5th with 66 points as Connecticut edged Notre Dame 138.5-134 for the team title adding to the women's title they clinched earlier. [results]

02.21.09: SONNENFELDT, ZIMMERMAN LEAD STRONG TENNESSEE CONTINGENT AT UK HIGH SCHOOL INVITATIONAL: Knoxville West's Matt Sonnenfeldt and Webb junior, Amber Zimmerman, led a strong contingent of Tennessee distance runners at the University of Kentucky High School Invitational, held at UK's Nutter Fieldhouse. The senior, who will attend UK in the fall, placed second in the boy's 2 miles to Ohio supersoph, Zach Wills, clocking 9:15.56. Zimmerman went one better, clocking a PR of 11:15.35 to lead a Tennessee sweep of the top three places. [results]

02.21.09: HALTOM 3RD IN 1000 AT AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE MEET: Memphis runner, Ken Haltom, clocked a Heidi DahlPR of 2:25.84 in the men's 1000m at the America East Conference meet for Boston University. The sophomore, who prepped at Memphis University School, placed 3rd in the race, which was won by Albany's Tyler Fogarty in 2:24.86 [results]

02.21.09: DAHL CLOCKS SOLO 4:39 MILE AT A-SUN CONFERENCE MEET: The highlight of the distance running action at the Atlantic Sun Conference meet, held in Johnson City, was Johnson City's Heidi Dahl remarkable run in the women's mile. The long-legged Dahl (right), an ETSU senior who came to Johnson City via BYU and then UT, was all alone after 50 meters and clocked quarters of 69, 71, 71, and 68 to clock 4:39.39, a 2-second PR, which should - since it currently ranks her #9 in the nation - be enough to ensure a spot at the NCAA Championships next month. Dahl finished the meet with a 55-second anchor leg on the 4 x 400m relay to run down Jacksonville in another dramatic race. [results]

02.21.09: HOLCOMBE PICKS UP EASY WIN AT LOVE YOUR LIBRARIES 5K: Bobby Holcombe had no trouble outrunning the 145-runner crowd at the Love Your Libraries 5K in Knoxville. The Runner's Market store manager, aged 36, who was using the race as a workout, cruised to the line in 17:23 to win by over 200 meters, as 22-year-old Heather Freshwater of Jefferson City picked up the female overall honors, running 23:20. First male and female masters home were Brent Bueche, 47, of Maryville, and Becca Russell, 41, of Knoxville in times of 19:23 and 25:22. [results]

02.14.09: JORGENSEN SETS VANDY SCHOOL RECORD AT 3000 AT IOWA STATE CLASSIC: Rita Jorgensen, a sophomore at Vanderbilt, continued her solid recent form and a stellar weekend for young Memphis runners this weekend with a new personal best and top-five finish in the 3000-meter run of 9:37.14 at the Iowa State Classic in Ames,IA . Jorgensen's time broke the previous school record, set by Erika Schneble, by over two seconds, and she is just three seconds off the NCAA provisional qualifying time. The school record came one day after a Vandy DMR quartet led off by Jorgensen (with a 3:28 1200 split) set a season-best time of 11:40.28, placing fourth. "I thought Rita had a very good focus going into the race," coach Steve Keith said. "She committed to a fast early pace (5:02 in the first mile) and held on for a big personal best. More impressively, this is still a relatively new event for Rita and she is showing nice range from the 800 to the 3K," Keith said. [results]

02.14.09: SORRELL PRs AT 3K WITH 8:06 CLOCKING ON DAY 2 OF TYSON INVITATIONAL: Oklahoma Universiy junior, Rob Sorrell, who hails from Bartlett, notched another PR on the second day of the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville,AR. Sorrell placed 6th in the championship heat of the men's 3000m, clocking 8:06.22, shaving a second and a half off the PR he set at Notre Dame a week earlier. [results]

02.14.09: VILT BLAZES COURSE RECORD AT FROSTBITE HALF-MARATHON: Nashville's Steve Vilt shattered the course record at the Frost Bite Half-Marathon, held at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. The 24-year-old Vanderbilt graduate student clocked 1:08:52 to finish three minutes clear of runner-up, training partner Ted Towse. The first female finisher was Nashville's Melissa Begin, who clocked a speedy 1:26:08. Signal Mountain's Hugh Enicks comfortably won the master's division with a 1:21:27 clocking, good for 3rd overall, while 43-year-old Kimberly Vera calimed the female masters title, running 1:43:11. [results]

02.14.09: SNELLEN PICKS UP WIN AT PREDATORS' FANGTASTIC 5K: Nashville's Ryan Snellen and Caitlin Latimer of Lexington,KY were the overall male and female winners of the Nashville Predators' Fangtastic 5K. Snellen, 25, a former Belmont University stand-out, was content to let the early pace lag (the lead pack only clocked 5:30 for the first mile) before asserting his authority. Snellen clocked 15:51 over the challenging downtown course to outpace 20-year-old Vanderbilt trackster Thomas Davis by nine seconds. A former Vanderbilt runner, Caitlin Latimer (nee Shannon) easily won the female overall title, clocking 19:00. Both Snellen and Latimer picked up Southwest Airlines tickets for their morning's work. First male and female masters home were Nashville's Mark Carver and Clarksville's Lisa Kelley, both 49, who clocked 17:40 and 21:24 respectively. [results]

02.14.09: ELLINGTON CONVINCING WINNER OF STRAWBERRY PLAINS 10K: Knoxville's Stewart Ellington dominated the Strawberry Plains 10K, clocking 31:46 to finish almost a minute clear of runner-up, Andrew Press (32:45). Nineteen-year-old Talbott runner, Kelsey Armstrong, continued her winning ways, clocking 37:37 to finish 44 seconds up on 43-year-old Kathy Wolski, the second placer. First male master home was 41-year-old Eric Vandervort of Clinton, who clocked 36:18. [results]

02.14.09: GROSSMAN, MACK OVERALL WINNERS OF STRAWBERRY PLAINS HALF-MARATHON: Forty-year-old Tim Grossman of Emory,VA and 21-year-ole Emily Mack of Knoxville were emphatic winners of the Strawberry Plains Half-Marathon. Grossman clipped off 5:40 miles to clock 1:14:09 for his win, three minutes ahead of 45-year-old John Lawler. Mack clocked 1:29:26 to finish a minute and a half clear of runner-up, Jennifer Vance. Kathleen Dirosato, 44, of Friendsville won the female masters title, clocking 1:35:19. [results]

02.14.09: OLIVER SECOND 60-64 AT MYRTLE BEACH MARATHON: Sixty-year-old Malcolm Oliver of Morristown ran impressively to place second in the 60-64 age group at the Bi-Lo Myrtle Beach Marathon in Myrtle Beach,SC. Oliver clocked 3:16:20 to finish just 4 seconds behind the age group winner. [results]

02.13.09: WRIGHT PUNCHES TICKET FOR NCAA CHAMPS AT TYSON INVITATIONAL, WHILE BARGIACHI HITS PROVO MARK AT 3K: UT's Phoebe Wright automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 800 meters during the afternoon session of the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville,AR. Wright, a former walk-on from Signal Mountain and Red Bank High School, won the Olympic Development division of the 800m with an indoor career-best time of two minutes, 4.71 seconds. She did so handily at the University of Arkansas’s Randall Tyson Track Center, punching her ticket in a second event forthe NCAA meet in College Station, Texas, on March 13-14. She had previously made the field as a member of UT’s DMR quartet, which notched an American record with a time of 10:56.40 last weekend at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City.

With a mark that lowered her PR by exactly one second and ranks sixth nationally, Wright joins senior teammate Sarah Bowman as UT’s individual qualifiers for the indoor national meet. “Phoebe Wright is having a great season,” UT Head Coach J.J. Clark said. “She had a good time coming in, but she wanted to hit the auto so there would be no question about her going to nationals in that event. She really looked great in leading wire to wire with a personal best and one of the fastest times in the country. It was a nice effort, because she basically did it unassisted without anyone pushing her tonight. ”

Senior, Denise Bargiachi (right), was the star for Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field at the Tyson Invitational on Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center. "What a great race for Denise," head coach Lance Harter said. "That’s a huge personal best and it really shows how well her speed training is coming along. She works really hard and it’s paying off for her. She knows she’s a 5,000-meter runner so to see her excel in the 3000m is really encouraging."

The Memphis native finished 3rd in a stacked heat of the women's 3000m. Bargiachi clocked a time of 9:29.63 to earn a bronze finish. Her time is a personal best, ranks second in the Southeastern Conference and provisionally qualifies her for the NCAA Championships in March. "Going in to the race I was really nervous," Bargiachi said. "I’ve been in big races but never with this many fans. I was really amped up. I ended up hitting it in the right ways. I was thinking about how this was my last race in this facility. I’ve never been in the televised portion of the race. I was really excited." In the women's invitational 1 mile race, Knoxville's Treniere Clement had a lackluster showing, placing only 8th in 4:40.91, in a race won by steeplechaser Anna Willard, clocking 4:30.69.

In the women's Olympic Development Mile, Johnson City's Heidi Dahl ran very impressively to win and clock a 4:41.90 PR. The ETSU senior will probably have to take another crack at the distance, however, to ensure a spot at the NCAA Championships next month.

On the same night, despite being edged by Ethiopian Bekana Daba, Oregon senior, Galen Rupp, took down Doug Padilla's 27-year-old U.S. indoor 5000m record with a very impressive 13:18.12. clocking. [results | interview with Wright]

02.08.09: CRISP, STOLL EARN 2ND PLACE FINISHES AT U.S. MASTERS HALF-MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS: It's not often that Nashville's Victoria Crisp is even challeneged within her age group, let alone beaten, but it took a determined effort from U.S #1, Kathryn Martin of Long Island, to prevent Crisp from picking up another win. Crisp clocked, a 56-year-old veterinarian, clocked a very impressive 1:30:13 (6:51 per mile pace) to place 2nd in the 55-59 age category at the U.S Masters Half-Marathon Championships held in conjunction with the Melbourne Half-Marathon in Melbourne,FL. Martin, 57, clocked 1:29:43 for the win. In the 65-69 age category, another Nashville masters star, 67-year-old Margie Stoll, clocked 1:55:47 to place 2nd, as Californian Barbara Miller, 69, sped her way to a 1:48:37 finish. [results]

02.07.09: CLARK 2ND IN 800 AT BOSTON INDOOR GAMES: Hazel Clark narrowly missed victory in the women's 800m at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center. The 32-year-old Knoxville runner ran much of the race in 3rd place, well behind eventual winner and long-time 2-lap rival, Alice Schmidt. Kicking hard over the last 100 meters, Clark closed fast on Schmidt, but the finish line came a couple of strides too soon. Clark clocked 2:03.19, finishing just 0.14 seconds behind Schmidt, while, Clark's training partner, Treniere Clement, placed 4th, clocking 2:04.07. [results]

02.07.09: BERRY CLOCKS FAST 3000 AT UK: Murfreesboro's Chris Berry had what was probably the best race of his life to date at UK's Rod McCravy Memorial Meet in Lexington,KY. The former Blackman High stand-out, now a sophomore at UT-Chattanooga, finished 3rd in the men's 3000m, clocking a very impressive 8:10.28, just three seconds behind winner Jacob Korir of Kenya, and, more importantly, just five seconds away from the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 8:05.00 in what was his first ever race at the distance. Berry split 4:21 through 1600m, and then began to catch the lead pack of 5 with about 600m to go. "I made a strong move with about 300m to go," Berry told TR, "and closed on Matt Cameron. He took me to lane three to hold me off coming down the home stretch, and we finished second and third, but that was a school record, so I'm pretty happy."

Taking full advantage of the oversized track in Nutter Fieldhouse, Berry's teammate, Michael Danehy (who prepped at Morristown West) clocked an indoor PR of 1:53.20 to clock the 12th fastest time of the day in the 800. Among Tennessee women, Memphis' Rita Jorgensen, a sophomore at Vanderbilt, put up a solid double, clocking 4:53.50 for 3rd in the women's Bill Lee Mile, and then bouncing back with a 2:15.07 to win her heat of the 800. Also in that event, another Memphian, former Arlington High runner, Chelsea Smyth (a freshman at Mississipppi State) clocked 2:16.02. [results]

02.07.09: SORRELL PRs OVER 3000 AT MEYO INVITE: Bartlett's Rob Sorrell scored a big PR at 3000 meters at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend,IN. Sorrell, a junior at Oklahoma University, clocked 8:07.72 to place 4th in the Ryan Shay 3000, a race won by Alabama's Tyson David in 7:59.81. [results]

02.07.09: McADAMS IS MILE WINNER AT NEW BALANCE COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL: Cordova's newest Olympian, Josh McAdams, was thew winner of the Open men's 1 mile at the New Balance Colleigiate Invitational held at New York's Armory track. McAdams clocked 4:04.25 to win comfortably ahead of former Georgetown runner, Mat Debole. In the men's 5000m, Nashville's Brock Baker, who prepped at Montgomery Bell Acadamey, scored a PR. The UNC senior clocked 14:37.94 to finish 13th. [results]

02.07.09: FAMIGLIETTI 21st AT U.S. CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Knoxville's Anthony Famiglietti placed a disappointing 21st in the U.S. Cross-Country Championships, held in Derwood, MD. The 2-time Olympic steepler looked flat and could only muster a 37:49 clocking over the muddy 12-kilometer course at Derwood Agricultural Park. Also representing our state was another former UT Vol, Jeff Day, who placed 45th in 39:46, and Collierville's Stephen Hill, who placed 55th in 40:19. Meb Keflezighi won the race (and $3000), clocking 36:06, just edging surprise package Tim Nelson. Chattanooga's Tim Ensign placed 5th in the age 45-49 category, clocking 28:03 over the 8K layout. [results]

02.07.09: McDERMOTT, SASS ARE ALL SMILES AT TRAIL OF TEARS 7-MILER: Cleveland's Ryan McDermott and McKenzie's Kirsten Sass were the overall male and female winners at the Trail of Tears 7-miler, held at Red Clay Historic Park, near Cleveland. McDermott, 28, clocked 40:01, while Sass, 29, clocked 49:36. First male and female masters to finish were Roger Brady, 41, of Murfreesboro, and Brentwood's Kim Holder, 46, clocking 49:01 and 54:36 respectively. [results]

02.06.09: WRIGHT PART OF U.S REORD-BREAKING DMR QUARTET FOR LADY VOLS IN NYC: Chattanooga's Phoebe Wright was part of the University of Tennesse quartet that clocked the 2nd fastest collegiate clocking of all-time in the Distance Medley Relay (1200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m) at the New Balance Colleigiate Invitational held at New York's Armory track. Wright (who split 3:21.8), Brittany Jones (54.7), Chanelle Price (2:07.4) and Sarah Bowman (4:32.5) won the women’s championship distance medley relay in a school record 10:56.40, and, as they would find out a few hours later, a U.S. record, after it was discovered that Villanova’s 1988 clocking of 10:54.34 was never ratified. [results]

02.04.09: ETSU's DAHL AT PEACE, ON RECORD PACE FOR LADY BUCS: The stretch run has been a long time coming for Heidi Dahl, and she’s making the most of it. Dahl has become a star miler in short order at East Tennessee State, winning both events she’s entered in the last three weeks. In the process, the fifth-year senior from Utah has lowered the school record twice. For ETSU coach Michelle Byrne, Dahl was something of an unknown commodity before the indoor track and field season began. But the promise was clearly there after stops at Brigham Young and Tennessee. [more,]

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