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TR regularly interviews some of the fastest runners, best coaches, and other key figures in the Tennessee distancemicrophone running community in an effort to help you get to know them better and, hopefully, inspire you. If you would like to see TR interview a particular person (they must reside in Tennessee, or hail from here originally), feel free to let us know either via email or via this thread on the forum.


10.12.09: Q+A WITH HEIDI DAHL: It has been an interesting journey east for 23-year-old Heidi Dahl. While at Mountain View High School, the then Heidi Magill was a staggering 14-time Utah state champion, undefeated in any individual events on the track in-state. She graduated in 2004 as the Utah state record holder in the 400m, 800m and DMR. Great things were expected of the versatile runner when she signed with Brigham Young University, just three miles down the road in Provo. But after a stellar freshman year, the long-legged runner's career was essentially derailed by chronic Achilles tendinitis. Her return to form has taken place in East Tennessee. It has been a long time coming, and she’s making the most of it now, running professionally for New Balance. [more]

06.25.09: Q+A WITH TRENIERE CLEMENT: Knoxville's Treniere Clement was an 8-time All-American at Georgetown before winning her first national title at 1500m in 2005. It was sweet justice after the 2004 Olympic Trials sem-ifinal, when she was heartbroken after falling a few meters from the end and failing to advance despite a dramatic crawl across the finish line. Since then, Treniere has used the mishap as motivation, slashing 9 seconds off her personal best and twice defending her national title, making it three in a row, a feat that only one other 1500m runner has managed, drug cheat Regina Jacobs. But an injury-plagued 2008 saw Treniere struggle to get going. Arriving at the Olympic Trials far from 100%, she had to battle to make the final and finished 12th, completely devastated. As she watched rival Shannon Robury lower her PR in Europe and then run excellently in Beijing, Clement was trying to get healthy and looking to start 2009 injury-free. That she has, and 2009 has seen her post solid times despite not backing off for any races yet, and, like training partner Hazel Clark, she will be aiming to make the team for the World Championships in Berlin in August. [more]

06.24.09: Q+A WITH JOSH McADAMS: Josh McAdams is the 2006 NCAA Champion, 2007 U.S Champion, and 2007 Pan-American Champion in the 3000m Steeplechase, and placed 3rd in that event in the 2008 Olympic Trials, grabbing a spot on the U.S Team for the Olympic Games in Beijing. A native of Broadview Heights, OH (outside Cleveland), he attended Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, where he was a 4-time OHSAA state placer in track and cross country and a 3-time OHSAA state placer in wrestling. McAdams began his collegiate career at Belmont University in Nashville before transferring to BYU after his two-year Mormon mission to Thailand. While at BYU, McAdams won the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships 3,000m steeplechase title with a then personal best time of 8:34.10. He will compete in the U.S Championships in Eugene,OR at the end of this month, and enters the steeplechase as one of the favorites. [more]

06.21.09: Q+A WITH HAZEL CLARK-RILEY: Hazel Clark-Riley is a 4-time U.S outdoor Champion, two time U.S indoor Champion, and a 3-time Olympian in the 800 meters. She is arguably the most consistent female two-lapper America has produced since her sister-in-law, Jear Miles-Clark, and her older sister, Joetta Clark, before her. Demonstrating great consistency and longevity like her sister and sister-in-law, Hazel has run under 2 minutes for 800 meters during seven of the last 10 outdoor seasons, clocking her PR of 1:57.99 in 2005. [more]

04.15.09: Q+A WITH MATT SONNENFELDT: Knoxville West’s Matt Sonnenfeldt had an impressive senior cross country season. He won the Tennessee State AAA Cross Country championship in 15:42 at Percy Warner Park. Sonnenfeldt followed up this State win with qualifying for Footlocker with a personal record of 14:50. Sonnenfeldt was runner-up behind Alabama’s Bill Matthews. He finished in 21st place with a time of 15:56. Sonnenfeldt recently committed to University of Kentucky, where he will be a part of the men’s cross country and track team. TR caught up with him the day after he lowered his 3200m PR to 9:06.08 (#17 in the U.S so far this year) at the Arcadia Inviational in California. [more]

04.06.09: Q+A WITH ANDREW BUMBALOUGH: Andrew Bumbalough is barely old enough to buy a beer, but he has run a mile in under 4 minutes, represented the U.S in two World Junior Chamionships, competed in the Olympic Trials, has visited 40 of America's 50 states, scaled a 13,000-feet peak in Switzerland, and knows the lyrics to almost every song by the Phish - a band that peaked in popularity well before the talented runner hit puberty. Experienced beyond his years, to suggest that Bumbalough has packed a lot into his life so far is like saying he is fast - it is an understatement of the mightiest order. [more]

04.02.09: Q+A WITH KELSEY ARMSTRONG: With a 1:20:58 clocking to earn an overall female win at last week's Covenant Health Knoxville Half-Marathon, 19-year-old Kelsey Armstrong, who hails from Talbott, has now gone unbeaten in her last seven road race outings. She might be one of the fastest female runners in the south who hasn't run on a college team. All that will change next fall, when the Clemson University sophomore, who struggled to make the varsity squad at Morristown West High School, will represent the Tigers, and should, on paper, be a major contributor. TR caught up with the promising teenager to find out a little more about her. [more]

03.08.09: Q + A WITH PHOEBE WRIGHT: Signal Mountain’s Phoebe Wright 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]

02.19.07: Q + A WITH FASIL BIZUNEH: Fasil Bizuneh has been on a tear lately. After PRing at 20K (59:43) and then 5K (13:55), he clocked a 2:18:14 marathon debut at Twin Cities, and then bounced back with an 8K (22:32) and half-marathon PR (1:02:58) in Dallas, winning the race in an exciting sprint finish, and ending 2006 on a very high note. Evidently, racing in Texas is something that suits the 26-year-old. Just a month later, returning to the Lone Star State for the U.S. Half-Marathon Championships, held in Houston, he clocked another big PR, finishing in 1:02:20 and beating Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflizighi for 2nd place. Bizuneh’s performance earned him $6000 and a spot on the U.S National Team for the IAAF World Road Race Championships in Italy October. Last weekend, the Bristol, Tennessee-based runner, earned a spot on the U.S team for the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya next month by virtue of his 7th place finish at the U.S. Cross-Country Championships in Boulder. [more]

02.11.07: Q + A WITH ALLIE BOHANNON: Twenty-year-old Allie Bohannon, a UCLA redshirt sophomore, was a promising, but not outstanding, cross-country runner while prepping at Harpeth Hall. She showed great ability over 800 meters and 1600 meters, but had a tough time keeping it going over 3 miles. At the state cross-country meet, she was 7th as a freshman in 2000, 6th as a sophomore, 8th as a junior, and then 16th as a senior in 2003, her senior year. Not what you would call a meteoric rise; not even steady progress. Just consistency near, but not at, the top of the private school runners in a state that was languishing well behind most of the eastern United States. On the track, though, she fared much better. And it was in the spring that she would display her full range of talents, for Allie Bohannon was truly a jack of all trades. [more]


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