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03.29.09: ELLINGTON REPEATS AS KNOXVILLE MARATHON CHAMP: Stewart Ellington successfully defended his Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon title, clocking 2:29:01. After splitting 1:14 through the half-way mark, Ellington, 34 Stu Ellington(right), had planned to negative split the race, but strong winds in the second half and the absence of any real oppostion up front made that a tough proposition. "I wanted to run with someone," Ellington told TR, "but I was appreciative that the half-marathoners were there for the first half, and my brother was out in his truck all along the course." The former UT runner finished over seven minutes clear of runner-up (and 2007 winner) Justin Gillette of Michigan. Forty-three year old Knoxville runner, Kathy Wolski, clocked 3:03:21 to finish first female overall and make it a Runner's Market sweep, with 43-year-old Pennsylvanian, Tammy Slusser, the next woman home, in a time of 3:05:47. Signal Mountain's Hugh Enicks took the male masters title, clocking 2:51:55. [results | more,]

03.29.09: ARMSTRONG WINS KNOXVILLE HALF-MARATHON: Just three and a half months after winning the St Jude Memphis Half-Marathon, Talbott's Kelsey Armstrong won the overall female title at the Covenant Health Knoxville Half-Marathon, clocking an impressive 1:20:58 to win by over two minutes. The first male overall was Ohio-based Kenyan, Jason Lokwatom, who just missed Andy Norman's course record by seconds, clocking 1:07:00, as local favorite, Andy Baksa, took runners-up honors in 1:08:00.First male and female masters home were John Lawler, 45, and Roberta Meyer, 45, of Kentucky, clocking 1:17:45 and 1:35:05 respectively. [results]

03.29.09: WRIGHT, MRS FAMIGLIETTI NOTCH WINS AT COVENANT HEALTH KNOXVILLE 5K: Oak Ridge's Ed Wright was the first runner across the finish line at Neyland Stadium in the Covenant Health Knoxville 5K, clocking a respectable 17:08, but it was the next runner across the line who was the surprise package. Karen Underwood-Famiglietti, the wife of Olympic steeplechaser, Anthony, was very impressive with her 18:18 clocking, finishing 26 seconds up on out of shape ex-UT 800-meter runner, Marc Sylvester, and almost two minutes up on the next woman. First male and female masters home were Jim Stringham, 48, and Kumi Anderson,46, in times of 19:41 and 22:27. [results]

03.28.09: DAHL CLOCKS SPEEDY 800 ON DAY 2 OF STANFORD INVITE: Johnson City's Heidi Dahl bounced back 15 hours after a solid 1500-meter run to win her heat of the women's 800m at the Stanford University Invitational in Palo Alto,CA in a speedy 2:06.41, over three seconds faster than the NCAA Division I Regional qualifying mark. [results | video,]

03.27.09: McADAMS, BARGIACHI LEAD FAST CLOCKINGS BY TENNESSEANS AT STANFORD: Cordova-based steepler, Josh McAdams, led a slew of impressive performances by Tennesseans at the Stanford University Invitational in Palo Alto,CA. The 2008 Olympian clocked 8:37.74 to win his first race over the barriers this year by three seconds, and comfortably secure a berth at the U.S Championships in June. Memphis' Denise Bargiachi clocked 16:11.56 to place 16th in a stacked women's 5000m heat that saw all but one of the 21 finishers finish well under the NCAA Division I Regional qualifying time.

Also running impressively were Johnson City's Heidi Dahl and Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright and in the women's 1500m. Dahl, a senior at ETSU, and Wright, a UT soph, clocked 4:23.70 (7h in heat 1) and 4:24.28 (3rd in heat 2) respectively, both well under the NCAA Division I Regional mark. [results | video,]

03.27.09: FLYIN' MONKEY CHAMP WINS RUNNIN' TO BEAT THE BLUES 5K: Minnesota-based Ben Schneider, the winner of last November's Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon, dropped way down in distance and showed the 285 runners in Nashville's Runnin' to Beat the Blues 5K a clean pair of heels. Schneider, 25, took advantage of the fast, flat course at Centennial Park to clock a speedy 16:05, seventeen seconds up on runner-up Warren Adler. Nashville's Jesi Christiansen was the female winner, clocking 19:45. First male and female masters home were Antioch's Timothy O'Leary, 46, and Brentwood's Rebecca Mason, 44, clocking 17:47 and 22:09 respectively. In the accompanying 1 mile race, the overall winners were Nashville's Jeffery Jones, 32, and Louisville's Bettina Bard, 36, clocking 4:58 and 6:30 respectively. [results: 5K | 1 mile]

03.27.09: SNELLEN RUNS GUTSY 14:10 5000 AT RALEIGH RELAYS: At the rain-soaked North Carolina State University track, Nashville's Ryan Snellen (right) clocked a very impressive 14:10.54 to place 5th in the men's 5000m at the Reebok Raleigh Relays. Running in his first serious track meet in almost two years, the former Belmont runner rattled off 68 second quarters to shock everyone, himself included. In the women's 5000m, fellow Nashvillian, Jessica Schmidt, Snellen's co-worker at Fleet Feet Sports, clocked a very promising 17:32.05 in her track debut at the distance. [results]

03.21.09: McADAMS OPENS OUTDOOR CAMPAIGN WITH LOW-KEY 1500 IN MEMPHIS: Cordova's Josh McAdams kicked off his outdoor track season with a low-key 1500 at the Rhodes Open in Memphis. Unchallenged throughout the race, the Olympic steeplechase clocked 3:49.59 to win by almost 8 seconds, and post the fastest 1500 by a Tennessean so far in 2009. [results (pdf)]

03.21.09: GILREATH OPENS SEASON WITH 2ND PLACE 800 ON HOME TURF IN WACO: Bartlett's James Gilreath opened up his outdoor campaign with a low-key 800 at the Dr Pepper Invite, hosted by Baylor University in Waco,TX. The Baylor sophomore clocked 1:52.77, the fastest outdoor time of the year by a Tennessean, in finishing second to teammate, Chris Gowell, who clocked 1:49.33. [results]

03.19.09: KROEGER OPENS WITH 10:57/5:09 DOUBLE AT BGA: Independence High School star, Kathy Kroeger, opened her outdoor season with 10:57.79 and 5:09.25 clockings in the 3200m and 1600m at Battle Ground Academy's home meet. [results]

03.15.09: MATTHEWS 3RD, McKELVEY 8TH IN DEUCE AT NIKE INDOOR NATIONALS: Baylor senior, Bill Matthews, and Maryville High School junior, Clint McKelvey, provided the distance running highlight for the Tennessean contingent that traveled to the Nike Indoor Nationals meet in Boston,MA. Matthews (right), who will attend Georgia in the fall, finished strongly to place 3rd in the boys' 2 miles, clocking 9:05.38 - the third fastest all-time by a Tennessean prep runner. McKelvey, winning the second heat, placed 8th overall in an impressive 9:15.15, as Lithuanian-born freshman sensation Lukas Verzbicas picked up his second win of the meet, clocking 8:57.44. Kentucky-bound Knoxville West senior, Matt Sonnenfeldt placed 12th in 9:21.85. In the boys' 800m, McKelvey's teammate, Jordan Chaney, who will attend UT in the fall, won his heat to place 11th overall in a time of 1:56.87. [results | video,]

03.15.09: KENYAN SWEEP AT GERMANTOWN HALF-MARATHON: Kenyans swept the overall titles at the Germantown Half-Marathon. Twenty-eight year old Rotich Kipruto and 30-year-old Janet Cherobon sped through the Memphis suburb at 5:08 pace and 5:41 pace respectively to earn their wins and pick up $600 for their morning's work. While Georgia-based Cherobon's 1:14:17 (9 minutes clear and good for 5th overall) annihilated the women's field, Kipruto, who lives in Columbia,MO, was battled all the way by training partner, Geoffrey Birgen. At the end, Kipruto managed to forge 3 seconds ahead and hit the line in 1:07:07. Memphians, Stephen Hill and Caroline Blatti, were the first Tennessean male and female finishers, each placing 3rd and pocketing $300, clocking 1:10:23 and 1:25:51 respectively. Defending their home turf, Germantown's Mark Newman, 46, and Kelly Didato, 41, were the first masters to finish, running 1:14:23 and 1:35:47 and collecting $300. [results]

03.14.09: WRIGHT 2ND IN 800 AS LADY VOLS WIN TEAM TITLE AT NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: It wasn't the result she was looking for, but Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright acquitted herself well in the women's 800m final at the NCAA Div.I Indoor Championships in College Station,TX and gave the Lady Vols an unassailable lead in the team competition. The UT junior (top left in the photo, right) tucked in behind Minnesota's Heather Dorniden for the first two 200-meter circuit (29.4, 60.9) before edging ahead just before the bell (1:32.9). But as Wright fought tooth and nail with Dorniden on the last lap, both were overhauled by a tremendous kick from BYU frosh, Lacey Cramer, who won in 2:04.27, a half-step ahead of Wright's 2:04.38 clocking. For the second time in the meet's history, Tennessee won the team title, tallying 42 points, with hosts Texas A&M second with 37. A distance-powered Oregon squad won the men's team competition in convincing fashion, racking up 54 points, as Florida placed 2nd with 36. Tennessee's men tied for 38th with 5 points. [results]

03.14.09: KNOXVILLE INVASION, LED BY ELLINGTON & PRESS, SUCCESSFUL AT TOM KING CLASSIC: A strong contingent from Knoxville's Runner's Market Racing Team added both depth and quality to the races at the Gupton Dodge Tom King Classic in Nashville, as they supplied both the men's half-marathon and 5K winners. Knoxville's Stewart Ellington was the overall winner of the Tom King Classic Half-Marathon, clocking an impressive 1:07:13, while Nashville's Melissa Begin was the female winner in 1:21:48. Thirty-two tear old Ellington, a former UT runner, waged battle with Alabama-based Englishman Michael Green, the 2006 race winner, but pulled away decisively in the last 5K. Begin, on the other hand, won the women's race by a whopping four minutes. First male and female masters home were 49-year-old Mark Carver of Nashville and 46-year-old Theresa Saupé of Murfreesboro, clocking times of 1:18:23 and 1:29:40 respectively.

Knoxville's Andrew Press and Bonita Paul of Bowling Green,KY were the overall winners of the 5K, clocking 15:21 and 18:48 respectively. Runner's Market supplied both runners-up in Michael Mentz and Anna Shamey, clocking 15:51 and 19:48 respectively. First male and female masters home were Tim Gibbens, 40, of Franklin, and Rebecca Mason, 45, of Brentwood, running 18:26 and 22:52 respectively. [results: Half-Marathon | 5K]

03.14.09: PASTOREKS SWEEP CHASING SNAKES 10K: Steve and Allison Pastorek took the overall male and female titles at teh Chasing Snakes 10K in Johnson City, clocking 35:41 and 41:54 respectively. Jeffrey Adams, 41, of Mt. Carmel, and Karen Seiferth, 51, of Johnson City, were the first male and female masters home, clocking times of 41:11 and 45:11.[results]

03.14.09: FAMIGLIETTI WINS U.S. 15K TITLE IN JACKSONVILLE: Despite a great challenge by a fast-closing Tim Nelson, Knoxville's Anthony Famiglietti held on to win the U.S. 15K Championships held in conjunction with the xxth annual Gate River Run in Jacksonville,FL. Part of a large pack that split through 5K in 14:30, Fam, who recently signed with Saucony, took off his sunglasses, tossed them into the crowd, and then surged ahead, proceeding to open a gap on the field that extended from 30 yards at 4 miles to over 100 yards by 10K (reached in 28:52). The race was basically over, or so most onlookers thought. But at the top of the Hart Bridge (aka The 'Green Monster') it became apparent that Nelson was making up ground fast. In a dramatic finish, Nelson drew level and actually passed Fam with just 30 yards to go. Fam looked over in horror and, full of adrenaline, passed him back with about 10 yards to go.The 2-time Olympian clocked 43:36 to edge Nelson by one tick of the clock and pick up $12,000 for the win as well as the $5,000 Equalizer bonus for being the first runner across the line (the elite women went off 5 minutes before the men). [unofficial results | race video,]

03.13.09: TENNESSEANS ON FIRE IN COLLEGE STATION: The quintet of Tennessean distance runners in action at the NCAA Div.I Indoor Championships in College Station,TX had a stellar showing. Johnson City's Heidi Dahl ran very solidly in the women's 1 mile prelims, clocking 4:42.83. The ETSU senior missed out on a place in the final by just one place and 6/100 of a second after running out of steam in the last 400m. Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright cruised through the women's 800m prelims as the fastest qualifier with a 2:03.71 clocking, and just two hours later led off - with a 3:23.2 1200m leg - the Lady Vols quartet that crushed the field in the women's Distance Medley Relay and set an NCAA record with a 10:50.98 clocking.

In between Wright's impressive runs was an outstanding performance by Memphis' Denise Bargiachi. The Arkansas senior, who prepped at St Benedict at Aburndale, hacked 14 seconds off her PR to finish 6th in 16:01.30, the fourth-fastest time in Arkansas school history, and earn All-American status for the first time.

Brentwood's Andrew Bumbalough, clocking 4:00.40 (for his 1600m leg) anchored the Georgetown University quartet that place 8th (in 9:37.50) in a thrilling men's DMR, while Memphis' Rob Sorrell anchored the Oklahoma team to a 10th place finish with a 4:03.59 run. In what was probably the most highly anticipated track race of the meet, Oregon superstar, Galen Rupp, just 70 minutes after romping away to win the 5000m title, anchored the Ducks in 3:57.08 to take them from 3rd to 1st, and give them an 8-point lead in the team standings going into Day 2. [men's start lists | women's start lists | live results]

Interview with Wright   Interview with Bargiachi   Interview with Wright, Lady Vols' DMR team

03.13.09: LORD LEADS TENNESSEE CONTINGENT ON DAY 1 OF NIKE INDOOR HS NATIONALS: Hixson's Brandon Lord, a junior at Chattanooga's Baylor School produced the best performance by a Tennessean distance runner on the first day of the Nike Indoor Nationals high school meet in Boston,MA. Lord clocked an impressive 15:19.31 to place 11th in the boys' 5000m, a race won by Illinois' Lukas Verzbicas in a stellar 14:18.42. In the girls' 5000m, Chattanooga's Claire Turner, a junior at Red Bank High School, ran well in the girls' 5000m, placing 17th in 18:38.72, as Ohioan, Chelsea Oswald, won in 17:03.82. [results]

03.08.09: Q + A WITH PHOEBE WRIGHT: Signal Mountain’s Phoebe Wright (right) has had a phenomenal indoor season so far. Sandwiched between two indoor PRs at 800m , she ran a strong lead-off leg on the quartet that set a new NCAA record in the Distance Medley Relay, and then, just last weekend, she destroyed a loaded field in the women’s 800 final at the SEC indoor championships, clocking a phenomenal 2:02.39. That time not only eclipsed her outdoor PR (set at last year’s NCAA Champs) by almost two seconds; it ranks her first in the nation going into this week’s NCAA Indoor Championships. It is an incredible achievement given that Wright was a walk-on from Red Bank High School with a PR of just under 2:16. [more]

03.07.09: BUMBALOUGH CLOCKS 7:58 3000 TO PUNCH TICKET TO NCAAs: On the second day of the Alex Wilson Last Chance Meet at Notre Dame, Brentwood's Andrew Bumbalough ran well in the men's 3000 to place 5th in 7:58.33. The Georgetown senior did not hit the NCAA automatic qualifying time, but his clocking today should still be just fast enough to get him into the NCAA Championships 3K next week. In the same race, won by Notre Dame's Patrick Smyth in 7:56.66, Memphis' Rob Sorrell, a junior at Oklahoma, clocked 8:06.54 in 9th place. [results | video, | men's NCAA rankings]

03.07.09: EDMONDS, SASS NOTCH WINS AT FALL CREEK THAW: Nashville's Jeff Edmonds and McKenzie's Kirsten Sass were the overall male and female winners at the Fall Creek Thaw 15K held at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Edmonds, 32, won the race, which is the last stop on the Tennessee State Parks Running Tour, in a time of 53:54, finishing over two minutes clear of his nearest rival, while Sass bested the women by almost five minutes, clocking 1:07:07. Murfreesboro's Roger Brady, 41, and Nashville's Genie Whiteshall were the first male and female masters finishers, with times of 1:03:17 and 1:15:34 respectively. [results | Series Final Standings: Women | Men]

03.06.09: BUMBALOUGH CLOCKS 3:58 ANCHOR TO TAKE HOYAS' DMR QUARTET TO SCHOOL RECORD AND SPOT AT BIG DANCE: On the first day of the Alex Wilson Last Chance Meet at Notre Dame, Brentwood's Andrew Bumbalough ran a very impressive anchor leg on Georgetown University's Distance Medley Relay team to secure a berth at the NCAA Indoor Championships next week in College Station,TX, and also set a new school record. In what was probably the deepest DMR race in history (15 teams hit the NCAA automatic qualifier!), Bumbalough clocked 3:58.3 for his 1600m leg (worth 3:59.7 for a full mile), as Georgetown clocked 9:31.39 to place 5th in their heat (8th overall). Bumbalough runs in the 3000 Saturday afteroon; he will need to run under 8 minutes if he is to go to NCAAs as an individual. [results | video,]

03.06.09: BARGIACHI KNOCKS OUT 5000 PR AT ARKANSAS LAST CHANCE MEET: Memphis' Denise Bargiachi lowered her 5000m PR with an impressive 16:15.65 clocking at the Arkansas Last Chance Meet in Fayetteville,AR. Bargiachi split 5:06 for 1600m and 10:20 through 3200m on her way to a 7-second PR, as Arkansas teammate, Catherine White, won in 16:07.50. Bargiachi will now have to wait to see how the last chance meet at University of Washington plays out to see if she has made to to the NCAA meet next week, but it looks like a good bet she is in. [results]

03.01.09: CLEMENT 2ND IN 800 AT U.S. INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Knoxville's Treniere Clement placed 2nd in the women's 800m at the U.S. Indoor Championships, held in Boston. Despite a strong finish, she couldn't close theTreniere Clement gap that wire-to-wire leader, Katie Waits, had built up on the third lap. Clement (right) clocked 2:04.32 (splitting 61.5 at halfway) as Waits won in 2:03.56. [results | interview with Clement,]

03.01.09: WRIGHT WINS SEC 800 TITLE IN NATION-LEADING TIME: Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright, a junior at UT, destroyed the field in the women's 800m at the SEC Indoor Championships in Lexington,KY, clocking a huge PR of 2:02.39 to win by almost two full seconds ahead of runner-up LaTavia Thomas from LSU. The former Red Bank High School stand-out, who was third at this meet in 2008, now leads the nation at the 800-meter distance and goes into the NCAA Championships in two weeks' time as a favorite. Earlier, in the men's 800, UT frosh, Emerson Peacock (who prepped at Oak Ridge High), who ran a bug PR just to make the final, ran his second fastest time ever - 1:51.11 - to place 7th.

In the women's 5000m, Memphis' Denise Bargiachi couldn't duplicate her SEC indoor victory of 2008, but ran very well to finish second in 16:23.90, three seconds behind University of Arkansas teammate, Christine Kalmer. With the help of a strong (3:30.8) lead-off leg from another Memphian, Rita Jorgensen, Vanderbilt's Distance Medley Relay team placed 4th in 11:46.57, picking up the Commodores' only points in the entire meet. Tennessee's Lady Vols' DMR win played a critical role in them overhauling LSU to win the team title by six points with an 111-point tally. Racking up huge points in the distance events, Arkansas' men won yet another SEC team title in convincing fashion, while Tennessee placed 3rd. Highlights of the meet will be shown Sunday, March 8 on FOX Sports Net South presents at at 2:30pm CDT.[results]

03.01.09: ELLINGTON DESTROYS COURSE RECORD AT WHITESTONE 30K: Knoxville's Stewart Ellington, all alone after just half a mile of the Whitestone 30K, churned out a 5:26-per-mile clip for over 19 miles to eclipse his own course record by over 3 minutes, clocking 1:41:00 over the rolling course, some twelve minutes clear of runner-up, Jason Altman. Forty-two year old Runner's Market teammate, Kathy Wolski, was similarly dominant over the female runners. She clocked 2:11:04 (a leisurely 7:02 pace for her) to win by over 5 minutes. Forty-five year old John Lawler picked up his third masters win so far this year, clocking 1:59:52, some eight minutes clear of the next master home. Runner's Market won both the men' and women's relay divisons, with Foot Rx/EBS occupying claiming both runners-up spots. [results]



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