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07.31.09: DAHL NOTCHES ANOTHER PR IN LEVERKUSEN: Johnson City's Heidi Dahl is on a roll, notching her third PR in the space of 10 days. Just five days after shattering her 800-meter PR in Brasschaat, Belgium, the 2009 ETSU grad chiseled just over a second off the 1500 PR she set in Ghent last week, clocking 4:09.75 in placing second at the Bayer Meeting in Leverkusen, Germany. Dahl's race was won by Ethiopian Almensh Belete in 4:09.49, with Dahl leading in a quartet of Americans, including Lindsay Gallo and the in-form Brenda Martinez. [results]

07.31.09: McADAMS 5TH IN STEEPLE AT DN GALAN: In what will probably be his last tune-up before the World Championships kick off in Berlin on August 15th, Cordova's Josh McAdams traveld to Sweden and placed 5th in the men's 3000m Steeplechase at the prestigious DN Galan Meet in Stockholm. McAdams, the reigning U.S champion in this event, clocked 8:25.43 and collected $2000 in prize money, but the race was won comfortably by Michael Kipyego in 8:17.17, leading a Kenyan sweep of the top 4 places. [results]

07.26.09: DAHL SHATTERS 800 PR WITH 2:00 CLOCKING IN BELGIUM: Johnson City's Heidi Dahl ran very impressively at the Atletiek Vlaanderen Meet in Brasschaat, Belgium, improving her best ever time by 1.27 seconds. At the same little 6-lane track on which Alan Webb set the U.S Mile record two years ago, the long-legged ETSU grad shattered her PR and very nearly won the race. Following the rabbit through a 59-second opener, Dahl, clocked 2:00.88, just three hundredths of a second behind countrywoman, Brenda Martinez who won with a very late kick after being boxed. Dahl's previous PR of 2:02.15 was set in Liège two weeks earlier. [results]

07.25.09: WRIGHT, ALLEN DOMINATE PHIPPS BEND 5K: Johnson City's Chris Wright and Kingsport's Molly Allen each won overall honors at the Phipps Bend 5K in Surgoinsville. Wright won by almost a minute, clocking 15:59, as Brandon Talbert clocked 16:55 in second. Thirty-eight year old Molly Allen finished 30 seconds clear of Jacklyn Talbert to lead the women home. Fifty-five year old Tom McCormack of Jonesborough was impressive, clocking 17:40 to be the first master home, while Karen Sieferth, 51, of Johnson City clocked 21:11 to win the female masters title. [results]

07.25.09: CHEROMEI CLASS OF FIELD AT UNITED FUND OF BLUFF CITY 5K: Kenyan, David Cheromei, was the class of the field at the United Fund of Bluff City 5K. The 29-year-old former Virginia Intermont star cruised around the hilly course in 16:00 to set a new course record and finish 69 seconds clear of the next runner. In a comparitively weak women's field, Amanda Hale comfortably outpaced everyone with a 22:48 effort. Robert Carpenter, 55, and Teresa Lindamond, 52, led the masters home, clocking 23:38 and 26:29 respectively. [results]

07.25.09: SPOONER AND FLAUTE WINNERS AT KARNS COMMUNITY FAIR 5K: Current UT runner, Mike Spooner, and ex-Lady Vol, Katie Flaute were the overall male and female winners at the Karns Community Fair 5K in Knoxville. Spooner, a Virginian, clocked an impressive14:54, finishing ten seconds up on Stewart Ellington, as the first eleven men all broke 16 minutes. Flaute, 25, who lives in Knoxville, clocked 18:19 to beat the runner-up, another former Lady Vol, 39-year-old Jasmine Keller, by 35 seconds. Ray Wilson and Valerie Bachmann won the masters honors, clocking 19:20 and 19:31 respectively. [results]

07.25.09: FAM RUNNER-UP AT BIX 7-MILER: Knoxville's Anthony Famiglietti finished second at the 35th annual Bix 7 in Davenport,IA, which served as the U.S 7-mile Champsionships. A fast early pace set the tone for a great race. With the first mile of the Bix 7 being straight up hill, the men’s field, which was vying for $22,500 in prize money, stayed rather packed up, as they hit the first mile mark around 5:03. The next mile was blazing, stringing out quite a bit, as Meb Keflezighi, Anthony Famiglietti, James Carney and Dan Browne ran between 4:08-4:12. At the 2.5 mile mark, Meb gapped the field just a bit, with Famiglietti hanging back off his shoulder, as the two continued to push the pace. At the 3.5 mile turn around, Meb had a ten meter lead on Fam. The next 2.5 miles were a gradual climb, as Meb continued to increase his lead, building it to nearly 30 seconds heading into the final downhill mile. Meb held his lead, cruising to victory in 32:25. Fam finished strongly over the final 800m, placing second in 32:56 to collect $4000, while James Carney finished third in 33:17. In a post-race interview, Fam, who will not be competing in the World Championships in Berlin next month, hinted that a fall marathon may be on the agenda. [results]

07.24.09: CLEMENT DISAPPOINTING IN LONDON: Knoxville's Treniere was part of a disappointing showing by the trio of Americans in the women's 800m at the Aviva Super Grand Prix meet in London, England. In a race that saw British women swept the top three places in front of an excited Crystal Palace crowd, the Americans were never really factors. Clement finished 7th of the 10 runners, clocking 2:02.78, as Londoner Jemma Simpson won in 2:01.08. [results]

07.21.09: DAHL LOWERS 1500 PR IN BELGIUM: Johnson City's Heidi Dahl lowered her 1500-meter PR in placing 7th at the Gentse Feesten meet in Ghent, Belgium. The 23-year-old ETSU grad, who recently signed with New Balance, clocked 4:10.85, shaving three quarters of a second off her previous PR, set at last month's U.S Championships in Eugene. [results (pdf) | video,]

07.20.09: WRIGHT SHATTERS PR WITH 2:00.40 CLOCKING AT LOW-KEY MEET IN GEORGIA: Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright ran the fastest 800-meter times of her career on Sunday at the Georgia Games, winning the open women's division of the meet, held at Marietta High School.Wright clocked in at 2:00.40 to post her fourth personal record of the season, this time running the third-best 800 ever recorded by a Lady Vol. Only Jasmin Jones' 2:00.24 in 1990 and Kameisha Bennett's 2:00.37 in 2004 were faster in UT annals. Unfortunately for Wright, though, her mark left her agonizingly short of the 2:00.00 mark she needed to hit the "A" qualifying standard for the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany, later this summer. [more, | results still unavailable]

07.18.09: McADAMS 3RD, CLOSE TO PR IN HEUSDEN-ZOLDER: Cordova's Josh McAdams had a fine run in the men's 3000m Steeplechase at the KBC Night of Athletics held in the Begian town of Heusden-Zolder. The 2009 U.S Champion came very close to his PR, clocking a season's best of 8:22.83, in a race won by Bahraini runner, Mubarak Taher, in a time of 8:15.83. In the men's 5000m, Knoxville's Anthony Famiglietti finished 8th, clocking 13:25.24 in a race won by Kenyan Jonas Cheruiyot in 13:07.47, just edging American Matt Tegenkamp, who clocked13:07.97. In the women's 1500m, Knoxville's Treniere Clement clocked 4:12.34 in placing 5th, as Britain's Hannah England won in 4:08.96. [results]

07.17.09: CLARK-RILEY TRAILS IN LAST IN PARIS: Knoxville's Hazel Clark-Riley struggled in the women's 800m at the Meeting Areva in Paris, France. The reigning U.S champion trailed in last of the 9 runners, clocking only 2:03.13. In a great race that saw seven women go under 2 minutes, America's Anna Willard showed very impressive closing speed to run down Russia's Oksana Zbrozhek and Italy's Elisa Cusma Piccione and win in a PR of 1:58.80. Clark-Riley is assured a spot at the World Championships next month by virtue of her U.S Champs win and sub-2 clocking last summer, but clearly will need to find her form if she is to advance beyond the preliminary heats in Berlin. [results]

07.15.09: DAHL SHATTERS 800 PR WITH 2:02 CLOCKING IN LIEGE: Johnson City's Heidi Dahl, a 2009 ETSU graduate fresh off a 7th place showing in the U.S Champs 1500m, dropped down to 2 laps for the Meeting International de la Province de Liège, and shattered her PR. The Utah native, who just signed a deal with New Balance, clocked 2:02.14 to finish 4th in a U.S-dominated race won by former Cal stand-out Brenda Martinez in 2:01.03. [results]

07.14.09: DAVID JONES 15TH AT BADWATER ULTRAMARATHON: As a previous winner, Eagleville's David Jones is no stranger to the grueling Badwater Ultra Race. A 135-mile deathmarch from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA in temperatures up to 130 degrees, it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. The start line is at Badwater which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280 feet below sea level. The race finishes at Mt. Whitney Portal at 8360 feet. The course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 13,000 feet of cumulative vertical ascent and 4,700 feet of cumulative descent. The air temperature hovered around 120 degrees when the race started. Jones, 57, a real estate investor who won this race in 1997, placed 15th among the 86 starters, completing the arduous journey in 31 hours 26 minutes and 25 seconds. This was a big improvement on his 31st place last year. The race winner, 40-year-old Marcos Farinazzo from Brazil, took 23 hours and 39 minutes, 48 minutes shy of the course record. For those who finish in less than 48 hours, their reward is the coveted Badwater belt buckle. There is no prize money. [results]

07.13.09: CLEMENT CLOCKS SEASON'S BEST IN ATHENS: Knoxville's Treniere Clement showed a return to form, racing the women's 1500m at the Tsiklitiria Grand Prix meet in Athens,Greece. The 3-time U.S champion has struggled to find the groove that saw her win three straight U.S titles over 1500 meters between 2005 and 2007, but, she managed to clock a season's best - 4:07.91 - in placing 12th in a race won by Bahrain's Maryam Jamal in 3:58.72. [results]

07.11.09: TEENAGERS SWEEP AT CRAZY 8's: A pair of nineteen year olds, Simon Cheprot, a Colorado-based Kenyan, and Meseret Mengsitu a Pennsylvania-based Ethiopian, were the overall male and female winners at the Crazy Eights 8K in Kingsport,TN, each earning $5000 in prize money. Cheprot clocked a sizzling 22:21 in kicking away from Alene Reta, a New York-based Ethiopian with a doping violation on his record. Mengsitu clocked 26:20 to win by 20 seconds from runner-up, Edna Kiplagat.Masters winners were 40-year-old David Honea of Boone,NC and Kingsport's Vera McGill, 43, clocking 27:13 and 35:45 respectively. The first male and female Tennesseans amon g the 1742 finishers were Telford's J Penny and Johnson City's Allie Scalf, clocking 25:56 and 30:40. [results | race report,]

07.11.09: WRIGHT SHORT OF BERLIN STANDARD IN BELGIUM: Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright handled herself well in her first ever race in Europe at the Guldensporenmeeting in Kortrijk, Belgium, despite having an inept rabbit. But she was well off the World Championships "A" standard of 2:00.00 she is seeking. In a race won by countrywoman Alysia Johnson in 2:02.35, Wright faded badly in the last 100 meters and placed 3rd in 2:04.49 after splitting 59.0 seconds at half-way. At the same meet, Johnson City's Heidi Dahl raced the women's 1500m and also struggled somewhat, placing 10th in 4:18.11. [results | video,]

07.11.09: SPOONER DOMINATES CARTER MILL SPLASH 10K: UT cross-country stand-out, Michael Spooner, was a class apart at the Carter Mill Splash 10K in Knoxville. Despite being over half a mile clear of the next runner, the Virginia native churned out a 5:06-per-mile pace to clock 31:39 over the challenging course. Knoxville's Kathy Wolski, 43, was the first female finisher, clocking a speedy 38:32, while Keith Gemeinhart led the male masters home in 37:37. [results]

07.10.09: CLARK-RILEY STRUGGLES IN ROME: Knoxville's Hazel Clark struggled in the women's 800m at the Golden Gala meet in Rome, Italy. After running right behind the rabbit through halfway in 58.3, Clark-Riley led through 600m in 1:27.5, but faded badly in the final 75 meters of the race, finishing 7th in 2:01.41 (still good for $800). Fellow American, Maggie Vessey, who was 4th at the U.S Championships last month, finished very strongly in the last 100 meters to come from 5th place and edge local favorite, Elisa Cusma Piccione, for the win in 2:00.13 and a $8000 payday. While Clark is assured a spot on the U.S team for the World Championships in Berlin next month by way of her sub-2 clocking last year, Vessey still has to run under 2 minutes (the World Champs "A" standard) in order to get on the U.S team for the World Championships, as does Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright, who will race in Belgium later this month. [results]

07.10.09: DAHL NOT SLOWING DOWN ANY TIME SOON: Meet by meet through the spring and into early summer, Heidi Dahl has gotten faster. Her last competition for East Tennessee State produced her best time ever in the 1,500-meter run - 4:11.58 in the finals of the USA National Championships last Saturday in Eugene,OR. The seventh-place finish came on the heels of her sixth-place showing in the NCAA outdoor meet that left her with All-America status. Dahl’s college career is over, but she wants to keep a good thing going. The Utah native will be in Johnson City until her husband David finishes medical school at ETSU next April. In the meantime, she plans to run a few meets in Europe this summer to stay sharp and gauge her potential as a pro. She’ll concentrate on the 1,500, with some 800-meter races thrown in. [more,]

07.07.09: CLARK-RILEY 2ND IN RAIN-SOAKED LAUSANNE: Knoxville's Hazel Clark-Riley placed 2nd in the women's 800m at the prestigious Athletissima meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, picking up $6000 in prize money. Cold, rainy and windy conditions made running fast difficult, but the 5-time U.S champion clocked 2:02.31, as Oksana Zbrozhek of Russia, won in 2:01.24. Her next race will be on Friday night at the Golden Gala meet in Rome, Italy. [results | post-race interview,]

07.04.09: PLACE, SCHMIDT ADD CLASS TO I RUN FOR MUSIC CITY 10K & 5K: Two recent college graduates were the class of the fields at the I Run for Music City 10K & 5K races held in Nashville. In a field that failed to draw many of the faster men in middle Tennessee, Stephanie Place, a recent Tennessee Tech grad, and a Jessica Schmidt, a former University of Iowa runner, put up impressive performances on the challenging downtown course. Place clocked a speedy 37:40 to place first among the women (the results show otherwise because Place was not given a chip) while Melissa Begin got 2nd in 38:39 while Nashville's Kyle Mayo, 22, won the male title, clocking 35:25. First male and female masters home were Nashville's Mark Buckreis, 40, and 47-year-old Stephanie Barnett of Louisville,KY, in times of 41:35 and 39:31.

In the accompanying 5K, 23-year-old Jessica Schmidt came closer to beating the guys than any woman has in Middle Tennessee for quite a few years. Schmidt clocked 18:23, good for 2nd overall, and just 11 seconds adrift of male winner, 16-year-old Vance Pounders (18:12). First male and female masters across the line (with chips) were Phillip Theodore, 41, of Brentwood and Nashville's, Clarissa Doochin, 47, clocking 19:13 and 23:20 respectively. [results: 10K | 5K]

07.04.09: WRIGHT ECLIPSES COURSE RECCORD AT SURGOINSVILLE'S FIRECRACKER 4-MILER: Johnson City's Chris Wright set a new course record in winning the Firecracker 4-miler in Surgoinsville. The 25-year-old ex-Milligan College runner clocked 21:27 to win by a quarter of a mile up on the other 269 runners in the field. The first female finisher was Bristol's Rebecca McDowell in 25:38. Greeneville's Phil Roberts, 46, and Johson City's Karen Sieferth, 51, picked up the masters honors, finishing the course in 24:25 and 28:41 respectively. [results]

07.04.09: KEVEREN, RYAN OVERALL WINNERS AT FIRECRACKER 5K: Sean Keveren and Emily Ryan were the overall winners of the Andrews Cadillac Firecracker 5K in Brentwood. Keveren, just turned 19, a former Brentwood High star, dominated the men's race, cruising to a comfortable win in 15:22, 36 seconds up on runner-up, Jordan Wilson of Franklin. Emily Ryan had a closer call, but managed to hold off the challenge of visiting Californian, Olivia Hill, finishing 9 seconds clear in a PR of 19:20. First male and female masters home were 51-year-old John Lovell of Brentwood and Therese Saupe of Murfreesboro, who clocked 18:12 and 19:42 respectively. [results]

07.04.09: FAMIGLIETTI 2ND AMERICAN AT PEACHTREE 10K WITH STATE RECORD: Knoxville's Anthony Familglietti was the second American finisher in a loaded field at the 40th annual Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree 10K as 50,000-plus runners and walkers filled the streets of downtown Atlanta. The race, which also served as the U.S. 10K Road Race Championships, saw a great field of American elite runners gathered in addition to a host of East Africans. Fam clocked a 28:15 road PR to finish 2nd among Americans to Arizona's Abdi Abdirahman (28:11) and 9th overall, earning $6,700 for his morning's work. Unseasonably mild conditions helped yield some very fast times and overall winner Sammy Kitwara of Kenya clocked a sizzling 27:22 PR to win by a whopping 40-second margin and pocket $15,000, as 35 runners broke 30 minutes. Interestingly, 4th place finisher, Tadesse Tola of Ethiopia, was disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct after elbowing Kenyan Boaz Cheboiywo with just 30 meters left in the race. Fam's 28:15 clocking was also a Tennessee State Record, eclipsing the 28:35 set by Todd Williams in 1994.

Also running well among Tennesseans was Chattanooga's Tim Ensign. The 46-year-old placed 10th in his age-group, clocking 34:22. Kenyan Lineth Chepkirui won the women's title, clocking 31:30. Janis Kelman, 33, of Chattanooga was the firs Tennessee woman to finish, clocking 44:52. [searchable results]

07.03.09: LOVELACE, WALTON OVERALL WINNERS AT MEMPHIS FIRECRACKER RUN: Nineteen year old Luke Lovelace and 51-year-old Brenda Walton were the overall male and female winners at Memphis' Firecracker 5K Run for St Jude. Lovelace, a University of Louisville runner visiting from South Carolina, clocked 15:35 to win comfortably, 27 seconds up on local favorite, Ben Knoernschild in second. Walton, who lives in Cordova, clocked 19:34 to win by 29 seconds over Rachel Randall, also of Cordova. Forty-four year old Jonas Holdema of Memphis clocked 17:31 to take the male masters title. [results]

07.03.09: FIREBALL CLASSIC SCENE OF NORTH CAROLINA INVASION: Even a string showing from local stand-outs Stewart Ellington (15:24) and Jeff Day couldn't stop a sweep of the top three overall places by North Carolinans. Twenty-four year old Taylor Little of Asheville finished first, clocking 15:02, followed just three seconds later by Stuart Moran, an Englishman who calls Arden his home. Daniel Amick of Weaverville,NC was third in 15:14. Talbott's Kelsey Armstrong, however, notched her umpteenth overall win. The 20-year-old, who will run for Clemson University in the fall clocked 17:50, with Maryville's Emily Chaney finishing 2nd among the women in 18:45. Knoxville's Greg Johnson and Brentwood's Sue Ann Guzik won the male and female masters titles, clocking 17:29 and 19:41 respectively. [results]

07.02.09: RUNNER'S WORLD INTERVIEWS PHOEBE WRIGHT: "All of the workouts I've been doing are on 1:59 pace or faster. I've been running 2:02s since February, and usually, when you're consistent, it's time for a big drop. I haven't had a non-windy race. Even at the USA Championships, every day, it was windy. That (final) would easily have been a 1:59 race if we'd had decent weather. It's just a matter of finding a good race where people are actually breaking 2:00. Good weather is important. I'll just get in there and roll with them." [more,]






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