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06.30.09: CLARK PROVES RESILIENT IN FACE OF CRITICS: For Hazel Clark, winning never gets tiresome. For some fans of middle distance running, seeing Clark at the top of the American rankings year after year has gotten pretty stale. But two things are certain: Clark is not going away any time soon and she is certainly not going down without a fight. The three-time Olympian survived some early jostling, a strong headwind and her younger competitors to emerge victorious in the women's 800m at the USA Outdoor Championships for the fifth time in her 10-year professional career. "This one means a lot to me because some people were saying some nasty things about me on the internet, telling me to sit down and we're ready for someone new," Clark said. "People like to root for the underdog and want someone else to pop up and win, and I get that. But they forget to understand that the person that comes here year after year is a really tough person. People pop up every year to challenge me and I'm still here, running through injuries, through ups and downs, all sorts of problems and still winning. I'm proud of myself for fighting year after year." [more,]

06.28.09: CLARK WINS 5TH NATIONAL TITLE AT 800 IN EUGENE, WRIGHT PRs IN THIRD: Knoxville's Hazel Clark won her fifth U.S outdoor title in the women's 800m, leading a thrilling 2-lapper at the historic Hayward Field track from gun to tape. In a race that saw 8 of the 9 runners finish within a second of each other, Clark, who won the 2000, 2005, 2006, and 2008 titles, clocked 2:00.79 to win (splitting 59.42 and 1:29.48 en route). The real surprise package, though, was Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright, who place 3rd, just behind NCAA champion Geena Gall (2:01.01). Wright, a junior at UT who walked on as a talented, but not sectacular graduate of Red Bank High School, clocked a big PR of 2:01.12 in 3rd place, and now has an opportunity to represent the U.S at the World Championships in Berlin in six weeks' time. But first, she will have to race in Europe and chase the qualifying standard of 2:00.00. While Wright's goal will be to make it to Berlin, Clark's goal is to make the final. "It's time to get a medal," she said in the post-race interview below. "I Can't sleep until I get a medal, and then I can move on!"

In the junior men's 5000m, the very last race of the meet, Brentwood's Sean Keveren, a freshman at University of Virginia, racing for just the second time this year, placed an impressive 2nd. The former Brentwood High star clocked 14:38.20 in a race, won by Oklahoma State frosh Colby Lowe, that went out at 15:00 pace and then gathered steam in the last 2 kilometers. Keveren (interviewed, right) will now have the opportunity to represent the U.S at the Pan-Am Junior Championships in Trinidad & Tobago next month. "I was excited to finally be in a kicker's race," he said. "Honestly, it's a shock that I'm even here, and to qualify [for Pan-Ams] is just icing on the cake." [schedule & results | race videos,]

Women's 800m final (Clark & Wright)
Post-race interview with Clark

06.27.09: McADAMS WINS NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE TITLE #2 IN EUGENE: Cordova's Josh McAdams (interviewed by TR just last week) confidently outkicked the field in the men's 3000m Steeplechase final at the U.S Championships in Eugene,OR and stamped his ticket to Berlin for the World Championships in August. In a race that opened up in relatively pedestrian fashion, McAdams, who was U.S Champion in 2007, pulled away on the last ciruit of Hayward Field to win in 8:29.91. In the women's 1500m final, Knoxville's Treniere Clement was still boxed when Christin Wurth made a decisive move, and appeared to lack the ability to shift gears effectively. She rallied on the last lap to place 5th, clocking 4:09.10, though. Johnson City's Heidi Dahl ran very well to chisel 3 seconds off the PR she set in Thursday's prelims, clocking 4:11.58 in 7th. [schedule & results | race videos & live online coverage,]

Men's 3000m S/C Final (McAdams)
 Women's 1500m Final (Clement & Dahl)

06.27.09: DAY, WOLSKI OVERALL WINNERS AT COVE LAKE 5K: Jeff Day and Kathy Wolski were the overall male and female winners at the Cove Lake 5K, leading 280 runners through Caryville. Day cruised in with Patrick Gildea, clocking 16:42, while 43-year-old Kathy Wolski edged Katie Flaute by seven seconds, clocking 18:47. Eric Vandervort, 42, of Clinton won the male masters title, clocking 17:52. [results]

06.27.09: MULVANEY LEADS FIELD HOME AT RUN FOR FATHERHOOD: Franklin's Benjamin Mulvaney and Nashville's Keli Benton were the first male and female finishers at the Run for Fatherhood 5K held in Nashville's Shelby Park. Mulvaney clocked 17:04, while Benton clocked 21:15. Mark Pierret, 49, and Melanie White, 48, picked up the masters wins, clocking 18:58 and 24:50 respectively. [results]

06.26.09: WRIGHT AND CLARK ADVANCE TO 800 FINAL, DAWSON JUST MISSES OUT: Phoebe Wright and Hazel Clark looked good running in the first of two semi-finals of the women's 800m, both advancing to the final, finishing just inches apart in 2:02.11 and 2:02.12, behind Geena Gall's 2:01.99. Wright's time shaved 0.04 seconds off her PR, and she will make her first U.S Championship final appearance. But the former UT walk-on is shooting for a berth on the U.S team for Berlin (click here for her post-race interview on Flotrack). In the men's 800m semi-finals, Knoxville's Andrew Dawson ran courageously, but two tactical errors in the last 200 meters left him running out of gas with just 30 meters or so remaining, as he was overhauled by 2008 Olympian, Christian Smith. Dawson clocked 1:48.53, and was the first runner not to make the final. In the men's 5000m final, Tennessee's two representatives, Knoxville's Anthony Famiglietti and Brentwood's Andrew Bumbalough had disappointing runs. Fam, one of the pre-race favorites led for the first half of the race, but struggled over the last mile, and could only muster 8th place in 13:33.63. Bumbalough, up as high as 9th at the half-way point in the race, faded badly and wound up 20th in 14:15.95. In an exciting finish, Matt Tegenkamp won in 13:20.57. [schedule & results | race videos,]

Women's 800m Semi-Final Heat 1 (Wright & Clark)
Men's 800m Semi-Final Heat 1 (Dawson)
Men's 5000m Final (Famiglietti & Bumbalough)

06.25.09: TENNESSEANS SIX FOR SIX IN PRELIMS IN EUGENE: All six of the Tennesseans running in preliminary heats of the U.S Championships in Eugene,OR safely advanced to their respective semi-finals (for the 800 runners) and finals. Knoxville's Hazel Clark and Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright comfortably advanced to the semi-finals of the women's 800m, clocking 2:04.39 and 2:04.66 respecctively. “It felt good," Said Clark, who won her heat. "I hate rounds, I just like to get out there and run, it feels choppy. My goal was to get top four.” In the men's 800m, Knoxville's Andrew Dawson, who only just made it into the meet, ran very well, also advancing to the semi-finals with a 1:48.85 clocking to nab the last of 16 qualifying spots. In the women's 1500m prelims, Knoxville's Heidi Dahl and Treniere Clement both cruised through to the final on Saturday, clocking 4:14.00 (a PR for Dahl) and 4:14.05 respectively. And in the last prelim of the day involving a Tennessean, Cordova's Josh McAdams, content to sit in the back for the first half of the race, moved up in the last 500 and did just enough to advance to the men's 3000m steeplechase final, clocking 8:34.97. In the 10,000m finals, there were no Tennesseans competing, but Galen Rupp and Amy Yoder-Begley, both of whom live and train in Oregon, won their first U.S titles, clocking 27:52.53 and 31:22.69 respectively. [schedule & results | start lists | Junior start lists | race videos,]

06.25.09: JACK DANIELS ON FAM: Jack Daniels weighs in on one of his best friends and advisees, Knoxville's Anthony Famiglietti. Fam, who is coached by George Watts, but spends much of his time training at altitude under the watchful eye of Jack Daniels, will run in the 5000m at the U.S Championships this weekend. He starts as one of the favorites. "Fam," says Jack, "wants nothing more than to get more young kids involved in the sport of running." [more,]

06.24.09: EIGHT TENNESSEAN DISTANCE RUNNERS TO COMPETE IN U.S CHAMPIONSHIPS: A total of eight Tennessean distance runners will be in action later this week at the U.S Junior Championships in Eugene,OR.Cordova's JoshMcAdams will compete in the men's 3000m Steeplechase. From Knoxville, former UT runner, Andrew Dawson, will run the men's 800m, and Anthony Famiglietti, another former Vol,will run the men's 5000m. Hazel Clark (the reigning U.S champion) and Treniere Clement will run the women's 800m and 1500m respectively. Recent ETSU grad, Heidi Dahl, who resides Johnson City is also in the women's 1500m, and runs in Clement's preliminary heat. Among current collegians, Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright (a junior at UT) will also tackle the women's 800m, and Brentwood's Andrew Bumbalough (a junior at Georgetown) will run the men's 5000m. Action involving these seven kicks off tomorrow (Thursday) evening. On the line will be spots on the U.S team for the World Championships in Berlin, Germany in August. Be sure to check out TR's pre-meet interviews with Josh McAdams, Hazel Clark, and Treniere Clement.

In the U.S Junior Championships beig held in conjunction, Brentwood's Sean Keveren is the sole Tennessean distance runner. The University of Virginia freshman will compete in the 5000m on Sunday night. If he finishes in the top 2, he will be eligible to represent the U.S at the Pan-Am Junior Championships in Trinidad & Tobago next month. [schedule | start lists | Junior start lists | live online coverage,]

06.22.09: UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COMBINES TRACK & CROSS-COUNTRY PROGRAMS, ANNOUNCES J.J. CLARK HEAD COACH FOR BOTH GENDERS: J.J. Clark (right), who led the Lady Volunteers to a pair of NCAA National Championships and six Southeastern Conference titles during his seven seasons as head coach, has been chosen to lead a combined men's and women's track & field/cross country program at the University of Tennessee, Director of Men's Athletics Mike Hamilton and Director of Women's Athletics Joan Cronan announced jointly on Monday. The merger makes Tennessee the ninth school in the conference to utilize the combined approach, and it marks the first sport at UT to move in that direction. [more | Clark's comments]

06.20.09: FEROWICH'S MILE HIGHLIGHTS TENNESSEE DISTANCE PERFORMANCES AT NIKE OUTDOOR NATIONALS: Caryville's Megan Ferowich produced the best result by a Tennessean distance runner on the final day of the Nike Outdoor Nationals meet in Greenboro,NC. The Knoxville Catholic 9th grader, who won the girls' mile at the Music City Distance Carnival two weeks earler, sliced another four tenths of a second from her PR, clocking 5:01.04 to win the freshman girls' 1 mile race. Brentwood's Ford Bell lowered his season's best to place 7th in the boys' emerging elite 800m, clocking 1:55.35. [results]

06.20.09: WILSON AND BARROW LEAD HOME FIELD AT MOON PIE10-MILER: Jordan Wilson and Amy Barrow were the first male and female finishers at the RC Cola & Moon Pie 10-miler in Bell Buckle, leading a field of 899 runners around the challenging rural course. Wilson, 22, of Franklin, clocked 57:56 to win by 41 seconds, while 51-year-old Amy Barrow of Nashville led the women home in 1:09:09, 51 seconds clear of Molly Brown-Boulay. Antioch's Timothy O'Leary, 46, led the male masters home, clocking 1:03:16. [results]

06.19.09: CHATTANOOGA SWEEP OF DEUCES HIGHLIGHTS TENNESSEE PREP PERFORMANCES AT NIKE OUTDOOR NATIONALS: The results from the Nike Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro,NC were a mixed bag of highs and lows, with several unheralded runners making big breakthroughs, in oppresive weather, at what is essentially the defacto National Championships for high school age runners. The hot, humid conditions in Greensboro,NC made it tough going for distance runners, but Signal Mountain's Claire Turner, a junior at Red Bank High School, ran her second PR in 24 hours, winning the Emerging Elite section of the girls' 2 miles in 11:06.29, after clocking an 18:28.31 PR in the 5000m the previous night, and Hixson's Brandon Lord, a junior at the Baylor School, won the boys' Emerging Elite 2 miles, clocking 9:25.50, making it a Chattanooga sweep! In Section 2 of the Invitational boys' 2 miles, Knoxville West senior, though, Matt Sonnenfeldt finished a close 2nd to Georgia junior Kirubel Erassa, clocking 9:17.66, with Maryville High junior, Clint McKelvey a few strides back in third, clocking 9:19.22. And in the morning, the Ensworth High school quartet cracked 8 minutes in the Emerging Elite boys' 4 x 800m relay, clocking 7:59.40 to win their heat. [results]

06.13.09: WRIGHT 5TH IN 800, DAHL 6TH IN 1500 AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright placed 5th in the women's 800m final at the NCAA Div.I National Championships in Fayetteville, AR. Wright, the UT junior who went into the final as one of the favorites, clocked 2:03.57 in a race won by Michigan's Geena Gall in a PR of 2:00.80. The former Red Bank High runner was 3rd with 200 meters remaining, but faded in the home stretch. She will surely be disappointed with that finish, having beaten both Gall and 3rd placed Latavia Thomas of LSU at Regionals two weeks earlier, but she has the U.S Championships two weeks from now on which to focus. Johnson City's Heidi Dahl, a senior at ETSU, placed 6th in the women's 1500m final, clocking 4:15.03, as Florida State's flying Dutchwoman, Susan Kuijken, comfortably outpaced the field on the last lap, clocking 4:13.05 for the win. In two exciting team competitions, that were not cediced until the 4 x 400m relays, Texas A&M completed a sweep, with both their men's and women's teams overhauling Oregon's squads to win. In the men's competition, MTSU finished tied for 32nd, with Tennessee only 48th. In the women's competition, Tennessee fared much better, placing 10th, while ETSU (courtesy of Dahl's 1500 run) placed 58th. [results & schedule]

06.13.09: WILSON, PILKINGTON LEAD THE PACK AT ELLIE'S RUN: Jordan Wilson and Whitney Pilikington were the overall male and feale winners at Ellie's Run for Africa, a 5K race held on the challenging Vaughn's Gap cross-country course in Nashville. Wilson clocked 17:25, while Pilkington clocked 20:46. First male and female masters finishers were 45-year-old John Schanel and 41-year-old Liza Zacarelli, clocking 19:14 and 26:12. [results]

06.12.09: SNELLEN CRACKS 14-MINUTE BARRIER IN OREGON: After a close call at Stanford last month, Nashville's Ryan Snellen cracked the 14-minute barrier for 5000m at the Portland Track Festival in Portland,OR. The former Belmont runner rounded twelve and a half laps of the Lewis & Clark College track in 13:57.68 to place 4th in a race won by Ed Moran in 13:43.50. [results | video,]

06.12.09: BARGIACHI 11TH IN 5000 AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Memphis' Denise Bargiachi, a former stand-out for St Benedict, placed 11th in the women's 5000m final at the NCAA Div.I National Championships in Fayetteville, AR. The University of Arkansas senior, running for the last time for the Lady Razorbacks, clocked 16:49.40, struggling somewhat in a race won by pre-race favorite, Angela Bizarri of Illinois in 16:17.94. [results & schedule]

06.11.09: WRIGHT, DAHL CRUISE INTO FINALS AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright clocked an impressive 2:02.56 in her semi-final heat of the women's 800m at the NCAA Div.I National Championships in Fayetteville, AR. Wright, a UT junior, will face off against Michigan's Geena Gall, the fastest qualifier with 2:02.28 in Saturday's final. Johnson City's Heidi Dahl, running for ETSU, sliced four seconds off her season's best in winning her heat of the women's 1500m prelims. The Buc senior clocked 4:14.92 to post the fastest qualifying time of the day and will face off, on Saturday, against Wright's teammate, Sarah Bowman of UT, in the final. [results & schedule | post-race interviews: Wright | Dahl]

06.10.09: WRIGHT SAFELY ADVANCES TO SEMIS AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright, a junior at UT, comfortably advanced to tomorrow's semi-finals of the women's 800m at the NCAA Div.I National Championships in Fayetteville, AR. Wright, leading almost the whole way, won her heat in 2:04.86, the fastest time of the day. Oak Ridge 's Emerson Peacock, a freshman at UT, ran disappointingly in the men's 800 prelims, finishing 7th in his heat in a time of 1:52.61. In the women's 5000m prelims, Memphis' Denise Bargicachi advanced safely into Friday night's final, clocking 16:20.35 in placing 6th in her heat. [results & schedule]

06.07.09: McADAMS' THIRD PLACE RUN LEADS TENNESSEE TRIO AT PREFONTAINE CLASSIC: Cordova-based Olympian, Josh McAdams' 3rd place finish in the men's 3000m Steeplechase led a trio of Tennesseans who were in action at the prestigious Prefontaine Classic track meet in Eugene,OR. McAdams clocked a season's best of 8:26.55 in a race won by Paul Koech of Kenya in 8:13.44. Hazel Clark was 4th in the women's 800m, clocking 2:01.12 (58.4 thru' 400) in a race won by Maggie Vessey in 2:00.18. Clark's training partner, Treniere Clement, finished 12th in the women's 1500m, clocking 4:10.73 in a race won by Gelete Burka Ethiopia 3:59.89, just an inch or two ahead of University of Colorado's Jenny Barringer, who annihilated the NCAA Collegiate record with a 3:59.90 clocking in 2nd. [results]

06.06.09: BUMBALOUGH CLOCKS 3:58 MILE TO HIGHLIGHT MUSIC CITY DISTANCE CARNIVAL: Brentwood's Andrew Bumbalough won the men's Invitational Mile to provide an exciting end to some great distance running action at the Music City Distance Carnival, held this year in Murfreesboro. Bumbalough (right) clocked 3:58.78. holding off a Bumbaloughhome stretch challenge from Illinois runner, Dan Strackeljahn, who clocked 3:59.77. Another Brentwood runner who ran very well was former Brentwood High star, Sean Keveren, now a freshman at University of Virginia. Keveren clocked 14:19.33 in the Invitational men's 5000m, placing 2nd to Kenyan Augustus Maiyo, who ran 14:13.81. Four runners, including Bumbalough and Strackeljahn, hit U.S Championship qualifying marks.

In the high school Invitational Mile races, Knoxville provided both winners, eaching scoring a PR. Recent West High graduate and UK signee, Matt Sonnenfeldt, won the boys' race in 4:14.66, and Knoxville Catholic freshman winning the women's race in 5:01.46. [results | photos | video,]

06.06.09: SNELLEN AND SCOTT PICK UP OVERALL WINS AT SHONEY'S 5K: Nashville's Ryan Snellen and Michelle Scott of Bowling Green,KY were the overall male and female winners at the Shoney's 5K held in downtown Nashville, each picking up $500. Snellen held off a strong challenge from Mississippi State stand-out Robert Scribner to win by six seconds in a time of 14:33 (albeit in a course that may have been a tad short). Scott, 39, clocked 17:41 to beat Nashville's Melissa Begin by six seconds. Doug Murphy and Shannen Miller were the first male and female masters home, clocking 19:51 and 23:32 respectively. [results]

06.06.09: NEWTON, ARMSTRONG WINNERS AT JACKIE LONG MEMORIAL 5K: Chad Newton and Kelsey Armstrong were the male and female winners at the Jackie Long Memorial 5K in Morristown. Newton, 39, of Pisgah Forest,NC, clocked 15:48 to win comfortably ahead of Andrew Press, while Armstrong, just 20, of Talbott, clocked 18:41 to win by 24 seconds from Morristown's Haley Moody. Greeneville's Phil Roberts, 46, and Marsha Morton, 43, of LaFollete, nabbed masters honors, running times of 18:14 and 20:23. [results]

06.03.09: WRIGHT WILL LEADS TENNESSEAN QUINTET AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright, a junior at UT, will lead the quartet of Tennessean middle distance and distance runners that made it to the NCAA Div.I National Championships in Fayetteville, AR. Wright goes into the women's 800m with the fastest time of the year so far, with 2:02.15, while Nashville's Krishna Curry (a UCLA junior) is the #15 qualifier at 2:06.01. In the women's 1500m, Johnson City's Heidi Dahl, a senior at ETSU, goes in ranked #11 with her 4:18.08 clocking. And Memphis' Denise Bargiachi, a senior at Arkansas, is ranked #14 in the women's 5000m, having clocked 16:11.56 at Stanford early in the season. On the men's side, Oak Ridge's Emerson Peacock is the sole representative from the Volunteer State. The UT frosh goes into the men's 800m ranked #12, with his 1:48.34 clocking last month. [final declared lists: men | women]




































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