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05.30.09: CURRY MOVES ON TO NATIONALS AT NCAA WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nashville's Krishna Curry automatically advanced to the NCAA National Championships in two weeks time by placing 4th in the women's 800m at the NCAA West Region Championships in Eugene,OR. The UCLA junior, who was a stand-out half-miler while prepping at USN, clocked 2:07.34 in a race won by NCAA Indoor Champion, Lacey Cramer of BYU in 2:06.63. [results]

05.30.09: SORRELL 6TH IN 1500 AT NCAA MID-WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Memphis' Rob Sorrell narrowly missed out on making it to the NCAA National Championships in placing 6th in the men's 1500m at the NCAA Mid-West Region meet in Norman,OK. Sorrell, a sophomore at Oklahoma University clocked 3:47.66, just 0.40 seconds away from 5th place and the last automatic qualifying spot. The former Bolton High stand-out is very unlikely to make it to nationals as an at-large qualifier. Oklahoma State's German Fernandez won the race, clocking 3:43.09. [results]

5.30.09: WRIGHT, DAHL WINNERS OF 800 & 1500 AT NCAA MID-EAST REGIONALS: Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright and Johnson City's Heidi Dahl both left the NCAA Mid-East Regional Championships in Louisville,KY with an individual title and a nice confidence boost going into the NCAA National Meet in Arkansas in a fortnight. Wright, a junior at UT, was the pre-race favorite, having, two weeks earlier, won the SEC outdoor title and clocking the #1 collegiate time in the nation. She didn't disappoint, just missing her PR with a 2:02.20 clocking to edge Michigan's Geena Gall in a tight finish. In the women's 1500m final, Wright's UT teammate (and roommate), Sarah Bowman, was the overriding favorite, but an unnecessarily fast run in the prelims may have cost her as she was overhauled by ETSU senior, Heidi Dahl, who clocked 4:22.61 to win over Bowman by half a second. Memphis' Rita Jorgensen placed 9th for Vanderbilt, clocking 4:30.52. In the men's 800m, Oak Ridge's Emerson Peacock placed 6th in the men's 800m final, clocking a disappointing 1:51.94, but will be a surefire bet, after his fine running earlier in the season, to secure an at-large berth for Nationals. [results]

05.30.09: BUMBALOUGH CHISELS 1500 PR DOWN TO 3:38 AT REEBOK NYC GRAND PRIX: Brentwood's Andrew Bumbalough knocked almost two seconds off his PR to place 8th in the men's 1500m race at the prestigious Reebok NYC Grand Prix Meet in New York. The 22-year-old former Brentwood Academy star, currently a redshirt at Georgetown, clocked 3:38.23 (58.3, 57.8, 58.1, 44.0) to take several notable scalps, including Alan Webb, in a race won by Leonel Manzano in 3:34.14. In the women's 1500, Knoxville's Treniere Clement placed 6th, clocking 4:09.57 in a race won by Kristin Wurth-Thomas in 4:03.96. In the women's 800m, Knoxville's Hazel Clark ran well to post a season's best of 2:00.09, but still found herself a few strides short of Jamaica's Kenia Sinclair and surprise package, Anna Willard, who shattered her PR with a 1:59.29 clocking. Clement's and Clark's next race will be at the Prefontaine Classic next Sunday in Eugene,OR, while Bumbalough will run the Mile at the Music City Distance Carnival, taking place in Murfreesboro next Saturday. [results | videos, flotrack.org]

05.30.09: HARMON AND PHILLIPS WINNERS AT RUN 4KIDS 5K: Columbia's Brandon Harmon and Franklin's Sydney Phillips, just 18, were the ovverall winneres at the Run 4 Kids 5K held at Tennessee Baptist Children's Home in Brentwood. Harmon, 24, won in convincing fashion, clocking 16:34 over the challenging 5K course. Phillips clocked 20:56. First male and female masters home were 51-year-old John Lovell and 48-year-old Collyn Groose, clocking times of 17:57 and 21:19 respectively. [results: 5K | Kids' Mile]

05.30.09: BUCKMAN AND CODINGTON WINNERS AT SCOTT & ERIN'S WEDDING 5K: Jacob Buckman of Kentucky and Libby Codington were the overall male and female winners at Scott & Erin's Wedding 5K, held in Nashville's Centennial Park. Buckman, 23, a 14:10 5K runner while at Belmont University , did just enough to hold off Chris Demetra, cruising to a 15:51 clocking and a 3-second win. Libby Codington won the women's race by a whopping 2 minute margin, clocking 18:27. First male and female masters across the line were Mark Peters, 47, and Donna England, 45, clocking 20:16 and 25:05 respectively. The race was a part of the celebrations before the wedding of former Belmont assistant coach, Scott Bennett (who placed 6th in the race in 17:22). [results]

05.29.09: CURRY ADVANCES TO 800 FINAL AT NCAA WEST REGION CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nashville's Krishna Curry comfortably advanced to tomorrow's women's 800m final the NCAA West Region Championships held in Eugene,OR. The UCLA junior (who prepped at USN) clocked 2:07.55 to place 2nd in her preliminary heat and post the third fastest qualifying time of the day. [results]

05.29.09: SORRELL MOVES ON TO 1500 FINAL AT NCAA MID-WEST REGION CHAMPIONSHIPS: Memphis' Rob Sorrell ran well to move on to tomorrow's men's 1500m final at the NCAA Mid-West Region Championships, held on the track he trains on in Norman,OK. The Oklahoma University sophomore, a former state champion while at Bolton HS, clocked 3:45.88 to place 4th in his heat and qualify automatically. In the final he will face NCAA Indoor Mile Champion, Lee Emmanual of New Mexico and also NCAA Indoor Mile Record holder, German Fernandez of Oklahoma State. [results]

05.29.09: BARGIACHI STAMPS TICKET TO NATIONALS AT MID-EAST REGION CHAMPIONSHIPS: Memphis' Denise Bargiachi booked her spot in the women's 5000m at the NCAA Championships in two week's time by placing 4th in that event at the Mid-East Regional Meet held in Louisville,KY. The University of Arkansas senior, who prepped at St Benedict, clocked 16:25.38 in a race won by pre-race favorite, Illinois junior Angela Bizarri, in 16:11.00. Earlier in the day Signal Mountan's Phoebe Wright (right) and Oak Ridge's Emerson Peacock advanced to tomorrow's women's and men's 800m finals. Wright, a UT junior, commanded her heat, leading from start to finish and clocking 2:04.06 (the 2nd fastest qualifing mark of the day). Peacock, a UT freshman, struggled in the last 200m after setting a searing pace at the front over the first lap. He qualified, clocking 1:50.22, good for 3rd place in his heat. [results]

05.29.09: EDELMAN STRUGGLES IN 5000 AT NCAA EAST REGION MEET: Memphis' Nate Edelman, a sophomore at Cornell, dropped out of the men's 5000m at the NCAA East Region Championships, held in Greensboro,NC. [results]

05.25.09: BARROW 4TH MASTER AT COTTON ROW RUN: Nashville's Amy Barrow placed in the money again at the Cotton Row Run 10K in Huntsville,AL. The 51-year-old covered the hilly course in 39:57 to pocket $200 for her morning's work, as Kenyans Ernest Kebenei and Janet Cherobon sped around the course in 29:19 and 34:35 respectively to notch overall wins and collect $1200 each. [results]

05.25.09: CARRIGAN, STREI WINNERS AT MEMORIAL DAY DASH: Jacob Carrigan and Melissa Strei were the first male and female runners across the line at Nashville's Memorial Day Dash held at Greer Stadium. Carrigan clocked 17:16, while Strei ran 19:17. Antioch's Timothy O'Leary and Brentwood's Sue Ann Guzik picked up the masters wins, clocking 17:56 and 19:44 respectively. [results]

05.23.09: KENYANS SWEEP AT EXPO 10,000: Kenyans swept the male and female overall titles at the 32nd annual Tennessee Sports Medicine Expo 10,000, held in downtown Knoxville. Georgia-based Ernest Kimeli and Caroline Kiptoo clocked 30:30 and 36:29 respectively to win and pocket $300 apiece. Knoxville's Michael Mentz and Knoxville's Kathy Wolski, 43, were the first male and female Tennesseans home, clocking 33:39 and 37:31 respectively. Wolski easily won the female masters title, while Chattanooga's Tim Ensign won the male masters title in 34:52. In the accompanying 5K, Oak Ridge's Ed Wright was first home, clocking 17:04, while Knoxville's Whitney Holmes led the ladies in 19:45. Jimmy Stringham and Kumi Alderman picked up the masters titles, clocking 18:48 and 21:36 respectively. [results: 10K | 5K]

05.22.09: MATTHEWS PULLS OFF D2 TRIPLE WHILE 800 SENSATION MOMOH HELPS CORDOVA TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Baylor senior Bill Matthews became the first runner since Andrew Bumbalough to pull off the 3200-1600-800 double at the State Meet, clocking 9:32.46 for the 3200 in the morning, and returning with a 4:16.13 and 1:55.29 clockings in the shorter events in the afternoon. But his 30 point tally still wasn't enough to put Baylor in the running for the team title. Ensworth won a rather pedestrian 4 x 800m relay, while Memphis University School amassed 91 points, mostly courtesy of their sprinters and jumpers, to win the team title emphatically.

In AAA action, Maryville junior Clint McKelvey held off Knoxville West's Matt Sonnenfeldt to win the 3200 in 9:07.27. Cordova won the 4 x 800 relay in an impressive 7:52.01, seven seconds up on Brentwood High. In a battle of future SEC runners, UK signee Sonnenfeldt was outkicked by another Maryville runner, Jordan Chaney, in the 1600 as UT- bound Chaney clocked a 4:13.19 PR (#11 all-time). The 800 (right) was probably the most exciting race of the day, though. Unheralded Cordova senior, Leoman Momoh, edged pre-race favorite Jordan Chaney by just a few inches to win in 1:51.81 to Chaney's 1:51.83 as both runners shattered their PRs and posted the #3 and #4 best times ever by a Tennessean high schooler. That race also provided Cordova with a 1 point lead over defending champs, Brentwood, in the team standings, which they extended to 11 in the final event of the day, the 4 x 400m relay, to win with 64 points. In A-AA action, Macon County senior Brandon Mahaney won the 3200 and 1600 with apparent ease, clocking 9:48.04 and 4:29.99, but in the 800, as he was the previous year, the Belmont signee was overhauled - this time by USJC senior, David Smith, who clocked a 1:58.37 spoiler. Station Camp won the 4 x 800 relay, clocking 8:08.22, while Martin Luther King Magnet School won the team title with 50 points. [boys' results | video coverage, flotrack.org]

05.21.09: SCALF LEADS SCIENCE HILL TO AAA GIRLS' STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Science Hill senior Allie Scalf took full advantage of the absence of Kathy Kroeger to pick up the 3200 and 1600 titles, clocking 11:00.75 and 5:04.09. The Vanderbilt signee also, with a 2:22 first leg carry, helped her team pick up the girls' 4 x 800m relay title, clocking 9:28.97. Ridgeway High freshman, Rhavean King was the class of the 800, clocking 2:15.29 to win comfortably. Science Hill picked up the AAA girls' team title, tallying 64 points. In A-AA action, Knoxville Catholic freshman, Megan Ferowich, won the 3200 comfortably in 11:16.59, and then won a slow, tactical 1600, clocking 5:19.50, but CAK junior, Mary Thompson, thwarted Ferowich's triple, winning the 800 in 2:17.25. Howard School of Academics and Technology took the A-AA team title back to Chattanooga.

In Division 2 action, Baylor sophomore, Hannah Jumper, crushed the opposition in the 3200, clocking 11:21.63. Ensworth's Sarah DeLozier, also a soph, won the 1600 in convincing fashion, clocking a 5:09.21 PR. Baylor won the 4 x 800 relay, clocking 9:42.99 to edge Ensworth and take a lead in the team competition that they would not relinquish. Katie Danehy of St Mary's won the 800 in 2:17.63. [girls' results | video coverage, flotrack.org]

05.20.09: STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS GET INTO HIGH GEAR: The Tennessee State High School Track & Field Championships have already kicked off in Murfreesboro with the decathlon and pentathlon, and tonight the distance running begins with the girls' 3200 and 800 prelims. Thursday will bring the girls' track finals and boys' 800 prelims, while the boys' finals will take place on Friday. The absence of an injured Kathy Kroeger leaves Science Hill's Allie Scalf (a Vanderbilt signee) the favorite in the AAA girls' 1600 and 3200, with Knoxville West's Patavia Lowery the fastes qualifier in the 800. Among AAA boys, State Cross-Country Champ, Matt Sonnenfeldt of Knoxville West, goes into the 3200 and 1600 as a slight favorite, while Maryville's Jordan Chaney is favored in the 800. Look for freshman Megan Ferowich of Knoxville Catholic to dominate the girls' A-AA races and Macon County's Brandon Mahaney to do likewise on the boys' side. Both could well pull off the 3200-1600-800 triple. In Division 2, Baylor's Hannah Jumper and Ensworth's Sarah Delozier are probably the favorites for the 3200 and 1600 respectively, while the 800 looks wide open. On the boys' side, Baylor's Bill Matthews is well favored to win the triple, but will have his hands full in the 3200 with teammate Brandon Lord. [schedule | click here for State Meet Qualifiers]

05.17.09: WRIGHT WINS SEC 800 TITLE, BARGIACHI 3RD IN 5000: Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright edged LSU's Latavia Thomas down the home stretch by a half-second to win the SEC women's 800m title with a new PR of 2:02.15 (the top collegiate time in the nation in 2009). After winning the indoor crown in March, the junior from Chattanooga's Red Bank High School won her outdoor crown in an exciting duel that saw her end the Lady Tiger's Phoebe Wrighttwo-year SEC title run in that event. Wright is UT's first outdoor 800m winner at SECs since Nicole Cook in 2002 and coach J.J. Clark's first outdoor champion in that event since he came to UT prior to the 2003 season. "Phoebe Wright is tough," Clark said. "Phoebe came in this year and has gone to another level. She's worked hard and has executed well and is having a good year. I'm very proud of her."

Just 90 minutes after Wright's fantastic run, Memphis' Denise Bargiachi, 2nd in the 10,000 the previous night, was in action in the women's 5000m. The former St Benedict stand-out ran very well to place 3rd behind race winner and Arkansas teammmate, Catherine White, and UT's Jackie Areson. Bargiachi's time of 16:36.27 was some 25 seconds off her PR, set earlier this year, in Palo Alto,CA, but conditions in Gainesville were hot, wet, and very humid. In men's action, Oak Ridge's Emerson Peacock placed 8th in the men's 800m final, clocking 1:49.76, and Nashville's Bejan Abtahi placed 15th in the men's 5000m, clocking 14:41.39.

In the final men's team standings, Arkansas racked up 141 points to win, with hosts Florida second with 129, and Tennessee back in 8th, tallying 53 points. In the final women's team standings, Florida won with 135 points, ahead of LSU in 2nd (113) and Tennessee in 3rd (106). Vanderbilt failed to score a single point. [results]

05.17.09: CURRY 2ND IN PAC-10 800 FINAL: Former USN star Krishna Curry, placed 2nd in the women's 800m final at the PAC-10 Conference Championships, held in Eugene,OR. The UCLA senior clocked an impressive 2:06.01 for her two laps around Hayward Field, but was unable to overhaul Oregon's Zoe Buckman, who got the win in 2:05.39. But Curry did get to stand of top of the victory rostrum as part of the UCLA quartet that won the women's 4 x 400m relay, helping the Lady Bruins to a 5th place team finish. Oregon swept the team titles in very convincing fashion.[results]

05.16.09: CLARK WINS 800 AT ADIDAS TRACK CLASSIC: Knoxville's Hazel Clark raced well to edge Kristin Wurth-Thomas and Canada's Jemma Simpson for victory in the women's 800m at the Adidas Track Classic and post a season's best time of 2:01.40. Training partner, Treniere Clement, placed 5th in the same race, clocking 2:02.80. [results]

05.16.09: CURRY CRUISES INTO PAC-10 800 FINAL WITH FASTEST QUALIFYING TIME: At the PAC-10 Conference Championships held in Eugene,OR, Nashville's Krishna Curry, a former stand-out at USN and now a senior at UCLA, recorded the fastest qualifying time in the women's 800m prelims, clocking 2:07.35. [results]

05.16.09: DAHL CLASS OF A-SUN MEET WITH IMPRESSIVE SOLO DOUBLE: At an otherwise lackluster Atlantic Sun Conference meet, held at University of Norh Florida's impressive new facility in Jacksonville,FL, Johnson City's Heidi Dahl provided a very impressive display of solo front running. The ETSU senior first cloced a PR of 4:18.08 in the women's 1500m, winning by a whopping 18 seconds, and then, just 90 minutes later, clocked 2:08.99 to win the women's 800m by six and a half seconds. Her 1500m clocking, which shaved 0.6 seconds off the PR she set at Stanford two weeks earlier, maintains her #1 ranking among Tennesseans. In the final women's team standings, Jacksonville University annihilated the opposition, racking up 212 points, while ETSU placed 4th (78), Lipscomb 7th (16), and Belmont bringing up the rear with just 12 points. In the men's team competition, ETSU, whose distance runners ran exceptionally well, won with 198 points, 18 points clear of Kennesaw State. Belmont placed 5th with 34 points, and Lipscomb finished 7th of the seven teams with 25 points. [results]

05.16.09: JORGENSEN JUST MISSES OUT ON SEC 1500 FINAL BERTH: Memphis' Rita Jorgensen, narrowly missed out on claiming a spot in the women's 1500m final at the SEC Championships in Gainesville,FL. The Vanderbilt sophomore - who was probably the Lady Commodores' only chance for a point - ran 4:29.78 to place 6th in her preliminary heat, but that ended up being just 0.40 shy of earning a place in the following night's final. [results]

05.15.09: SNELLEN, DUBLINSKI WINNERS AT ST JUDE MUSIC ROW 5K: Nashville's Ryan Snellen and Allison Dublinksi from Atlanta,GA were the overall winners of the St Jude Music Row Road Race 5K, leading some 600+ runners through Nashville's recording territory, and each picking up $300. Snellen, a former Belmont University stand-out with a 14:00 PR, clocked 15:59 to win easily ahead of Jason Simpson, while Dublinski, a former Georgia Tech soccer player, clocked 18:28 to finish well ahead of Sarah Bourne. Mike Schenck and Jodie Bell claimed the male and female masters titles, clocking 19:33 and 23:10. By far the most impressive run of the day, however, was 67-year-old Margie Stoll's 23:49 clocking, good for 2nd female master and 16th female overall. [results]

05.15.09: 'TEAM SCOTT' SWEEPS STRAWBERRY STRIDE 5K: Jef and Michelle Scott drove the half-hour south from Bowling Green,KY and comfortably won the overall male and female titles at Portland's Strawberry Stride 5K, and each pocketed $100. Jef, 37, clocked 15:26 to win, while Michelle, 39, clocked 18:12. First male and female masters across the line were White House's Ricky Donoho, 44, and Nashville's Amy Barrow, 51, clocking 18:19 and 18:38 respectively. [results]

05.15.09: BARGIACHI 2ND IN 10,000 AT SEC MEET: Memphis' Denise Bargiachi, a senior at Arkansas, placed 3nd iin the women's 10,000m behind teammate, Catherine White. In a relatively pedestrian affair, due to Florida's unforgiving weather and the nature of conference distance races, Bargiachi clocked 35:13.64, well off her PR, but her 8 points helped give the Lady Hogs a lead in the team standings at the end of Day 2. Earlier in the evening, Oak Ridge's Emerson Peacock, a freshman at UT, ran a strong preliminary heat in the men's 800m to place 2nd in 1:49.06 and comfortably advance to Sunday's final. In the women's 800m prelims, Signal Mountain's Phoebe Wright won her heat in 2:05.67 to comfortably advance and goes into her final as of the pre-race favorites. Memphis' Rita Jorgensen ran 2:10.23 placing 3rd in her heat, but did not advance. [results]

05.10.09: EDELMAN 2ND IN HEPS 10,000, 5TH IN 5000 AS CORNELL MEN PICK UP SEVENTH STRAIGHT TITLE: Memphis' Nate Edelman racked up 12 points for Cornell University at the Heps meet, helping the Big Red toward a 165-point tally that saw them pick up their 7th straight outdoor Ivy League team title in emphatic style. The sophomore, who is a product of White Station High School, placed 2nd in the men's 10,000 on Saturday night, clocking 30:35.91, not far behind teammate Zac Hines who won in 30:33.44 . And then o Sunday afternoon, he placed 5th in the 5000, clocking 14:34.36 in a race won by Princeton's Michael Maag in 14:26.22. [results]

05.10.09: BEGIN IS 4TH FEMALE WITH 2:53 CLOCKING AT MISSISSAUGA MARATHON: Nashville's Melissa Begin clocked a speedy 2:53:57 at the Mississauga Marathon in Mississauga, Ontario, in a race won by Ontario's Krista Duchene in 2:51:39. Begin, 32, who was first female overall at the Tom King Half-Marathon earlier this spring, now ranks as the fastest female marathoner in Tennessee. [results]

05.09.09: BARROW FIRST GRANDMASTER AT GUMTREE 10K: Nashville's Amy Barrow ran impressively to place 1st among the over-50 females (and 8th female overall) in the highly competitive Gumtree 10K in Tupelo,MS. On a hot, sticky morning, the 51-year-old clocked 39:01 to win her age group by almost three minutes ahead of Cordova's Brenda Walton. The male and female overall winners were Eric Chirchir, a Kenyan based in Tupelo, and Janet Cherobon, a Georgia-based Kenyan. They clocked impressive winning times of 29:31 and 33:41 respectively. [results]

05.09.09: CARRIGAN, LATIMER LEAD GIRLS ON THE RUN IN SHELBY PARK: Jacob Carrigan and Caitlin Latimer (a former Vanderbilt stand-out) led a 207-strong field that included 63 girls of 14 or under at the Girls on the Run 5K in Nashville's Shelby Park. Carrigan clocked 17:35 to outpace Louisville's David Latimer, while Latimer's wife, Caitlin won in a time of 18:32, well ahead of 41-year-old Sue Ann Guzik of Brentwood, who easily outran the female masters field, clocking 19:40. White House's Ricky Donoho picked up the male master's win, clocking 18:19. [results]

05.05.09: PEACOCK CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO WITH 1:48.34 STUNNER AT SMOKY MOUNTAIN TWILIGHT MEET: The UT men's track and field team concluded the regular season Tuesday evening at the SmokyEmerson Peacock Mountain Twilight at Tom Black Track. Freshman Emerson Peacock (right), a product of Oak Ridge High School, clocked a jaw-dropping 800m time of 1:48.34 to win the event and become UT's 14th individual qualifier for the NCAA Regional Championships in three weeks' time. His time shattered his lifetime best and ranks as the top time in the Southeastern Conference and the #7 time in the NCAA so far this season. "Emerson has wanted to run under 1:49 all season, and he did a great job of finishing the race tonight to get there," Tennessee head coach Bill Webb said. "We had a few others improve regional marks, and we also had some lifetime-best performances. It was exactly what we wanted from this last meet before the SEC Championships." [results]

05.03.09: MURFREESBORO'S YOUNG FIRST MASTER HOME AT FLYING PIG MARATHON: Murfreesboro's Phil Young was the first male master home at the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati,OH. The 46-year-old clocked 2:47:30 (6:24 pace) to place 12th overall of the 4033 finishers. The race was won by Californian Sergio Reyes in 2:20:37, while Texan Autumn RAy led the women home in 2:52:23. [searchable results]

05.03.09: EDMONDS WINS AVENUE OF THE GIANTS MARATHON: Jeff Edmonds of Nashville won the 2009 Avenue of the Giants Marathon in Eureka,CA, clocking 2:47:51, finishing almost two minutes up on the next finisher. The race marked the Vanderbilt Philosophy PhD candidate's second marathon victory (he won the inaugural Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon in 2006), but he was less than thrilled with the outcome. "t's nice to win one, but I was hoping for mid 2:30s," he told TR post-race. "I crashed, and I'm not really sure why." Amber Trotter, 25, of Ukiah,CA, was the first female finisher in 3:09:53. [results]

05.02.09: CLEMENT, CLARK CLOCK 2:02 TWO-LAPPER IN JAMAICA: Dodging the rainy wather that soaked the southern and eastern United States over the weekend, Knoxville duo, Treniere Clement and Hazel Clark hit up the Carribean for a race. Clement placed 3rd and Clark 4th in the women's 800m at the Jamaica Invitational in Kingston, clocking 2:02.27 and 2:02.74 respectively in a race won by local favorite Kenia Sinclair in a time of 2:01.02. [results]

05.02.09: McADAMS'S 8:27, BUMBI'S 13:30 LEAD FAST TIMES AT STANFORD: Some of Tennessee's best runners were in action at the Peyton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto,CA. This meet, easily the deepest distance meet in the nation always yields fast times, and thus year's edition was no exception. Memphis' Josh McAdams 2nd placed in 3000m steeplechase in 8:27.59, improving 10 seconds on his season opener on the same track 5 weeks earlier, but not quite fast enough overhaul Oregon Track Club's Ben Bruce, who clocked 8:26.08 for the win. Brentwood's Andrew Bumbalough finished 8th in a stacked men's 5000m heat. He lowered his 5000m PR to 13:30.77 (a time that would have ranked him #14 in the U.S in 2008) to book his spot for the U.S. Championships in late June, as Ireland's Alistair Cragg won in 13:22.36. Among other Tennesseans in action, Johnson City's Heid Dahl ran very well to place 4th in heat 2 of the women's 1500m in 4:18.69. Nashville's Ryan Snellen lowered his PR to 14:01.23, placing 8th in the 3rd heat of the men's 5000m. [results | videos, flotrack.org]

05.02.09: JORGENSEN CLOCKS REGIONAL QUALIFIER IN THE 800 AT OLE MISS: Memphis' Rita Jorgensen, a sophomore at Vanderbilt, recorded an NCAA regional time of 2:09.20 for the Dores in the 800m at the Mississippi Rita JorgensenOpen in Oxford,MS. Jorgensen's time was over three-seconds faster than her previous season-high (2:11.68) and was good for second place out of 19 runners. The former State champion for White Station HS has now regionally qualified in two events (800m and 1500m) for the second straight year. "This was a tough meet, coming right at the conclusion of finals, both physically and mentally," Jorgensen's coach, Steve Keit,h said. "We are looking forward to a couple of good weeks of practice as we prepare for the SEC Outdoor meet. It was impressive to see Rita regionally qualify in the 800 today as she hasn't been feeling the best. It's great to see her make the NCAA regionals in two events." [results]

05.02.09: 1600 PR FOR SONNENFELDT FITTING TRIBUTE TO LOST FRIEND AT MARKIE'S MILE: Knoxville West Senior Matt Sonnenfeldt had little in the way of company as he rounded the track at Tennessee Tech. But with a race dedicated to his dear friend Markie Voyles, the White County High School runner who died in a tragic car accident last fall, the UK signee ran with great purpose and passion, and lowered his 1600 PR to 4:15.14 to win the inaugural 'Markie's Mile'. Science Hill senior, Allie Scalf, who will attend Vanderbilt in the fall, ran a solo 5:07.71 to win the girls' race, making it a sweep for SEC runners-to-be. [results]

05.02.09: WOLSKI ALMOST BEATS THE FELLAS AT RUN FOR THE DEAF: It is only on rare occasions that the first runner home at a Tennessee road race is a woman (the last time was in 2004, when Catherine Layne (nee Berry) won the Run for the Bears 5K in Pigeon Forge). But 43-year-old Kathy Wolski almost pulled it off at the Run for Deaf 5K in Knoxville. Woslki clocked 18:38 to finish 2nd overall, just 18 seconds behind Ron Manis, also 43. [results]

 

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