MORE SCHOOL RECORDS FALL AS SKYHAWK TRACKSTERS COMPETE AT THE ASU INVITATIONAL
January 28, 2018
JONESBORO, Ark. – The University of Tennessee at Martin track and field squads posted another strong outing at the ASU Invitational hosted by Arkansas State on Saturday afternoon. Along with numerous personal records set throughout the day, the Skyhawks saw a pair of program records fall.
In just a short period of time, the Skyhawks have continued to excel and develop week by week with several PRs per meet along with exceptional school records. That trend continued on Saturday as Malia Sanders and Vashawnda Smith broke a pair of school marks. Sanders got the action started in the women’s 55m hurdles with a time of 8.84 seconds to best the previous school record by three-tenths of a second. Smith joined in the action with her second straight week with a school record, this time in the 55m dash with a time of 7.43 seconds.
UT Martin would post an event victory in the men’s distance medley as the group of Will Oglesby, Darin Donnell, Leomar Perez and Leonel Perez – with a strong anchor leg in the mile – posted a final time of 10:43.31. The Skyhawks’ second team of Jhon-Wes Walker, Kewan Slaton, William Graves and Jonathan Conley also notched a strong outing with a second place finish.
The PRs would continue to roll in throughout the Invitational as Timothy Dye notched a time of 4:32.19 in the men’s mile run while teammate Joey Palumbo wasn’t far behind with a finish of 4:33.69.
Staying in the distance events, the Skyhawks saw both freshmen Andrew Dodson (15:41.71) and Lenny Baumann (15:42.16) post strong outings with PRs in the men’s 5k run. Fellow freshman Luke McNair joined in the action with a PR of his own in the men’s 800m run with a finish of 1:59.51.
Capping off the weekend were impressive performances by Antonio Clifton in the long jump and Rashadda Dancy in the women’s 400m dash. Meanwhile Jasmyn Pilcher posted a new PR in the women’s 55m dash with a time of 7.64 seconds.
“With more school records falling on the ladies’ sprints side, they led today’s effort,” said UT Martin head coach Peter Dalton. “Between the men’s DMR relay victory and strong showings for the men’s distance athletes, this was a positive step for the entire team with all areas of the team contributing.”
UT Martin will return to action on Friday, Feb. 2 at the Don DeNoon Invitational hosted by Southern Illinois.