MARTIN AND CONLEY LEAD SKYHAWKS TO PODIUM FINISHES AT OVC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP
February 25, 2018
CHARLESTON, Ill. – The University of Tennessee at Martin track and field teams competed against its peers at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships over the weekend, hosted by Eastern Illinois University.
The Skyhawks would post a handful of school records in the meet while the duo of Kara Martin and Jonathan Conley continued their impressive track campaigns with podium finishes. As a whole, UT Martin would rewrite the program’s record books in the women’s mile, women’s 4x400 relay and women’s long jump.
The star performance came from Martin, a sophomore, who in just her second OVC Indoor Championship began the day by placing fifth in a loaded women’s mile run. Martin would roll to a huge personal-record in the event while notching a new school record with a time of 4:54.57 to rank as the best time amongst the field’s underclassmen competitors. Just two hours later, she doubled up and took another step up to claim a third place podium finish in the women’s 3k with a PR time of 9:55.62.
Meanwhile, Conley continued his strong senior campaign with a podium finish of his own. In the men’s 800m, Conley would jump up six places from a year ago, finishing second in the field with a time of 1:55.90, just .09 seconds off the championship pace.
In the team events, the men’s 4x400 relay just narrowly missed out on a podium finish by placing fourth. The team of Kewan Slaton, Jhon-Wes Walker, Daniel Smith and Conley finished with a time of 3:30.17. On the women’s side, the Skyhawk grouping of Vashawnda Smith, Jasmyn Pilcher, Agok Ayuen and Maya Brown notched a new school record with a 4:09.95 finish.
Back in the distance events sophomore Lydia Lee broke the 18-minute barrier for the first time in the women’s 5k with a finish of 17:59.7. Also notching new PRs was the duo of Amelia Martin (18:21.25) and Sydney Larkin (18.23.9).
Stepping down to the men’s 3k, Ryan Ford scored for the Skyhawks with a fifth place finish in stacked field, posting a time of 8:29.69. Sophomore Austin Rogers also posted a strong time of 8:38.04 as he continues to bounce back from a minor injury with loads of potential for the upcoming outdoor season.
Another school record fell in the women’s long jump as freshman Keilla Tud notched a distance of 4.99 meters.
Other top individual performances came in the form of Malia Sanders who continues her impressive season with another PR in the 60h event with a time of 9.48 seconds. Meanwhile, Pilcher (8.00) and Brown (8.12) both tallied new PRs in the 60m dash.
“Kara and Jonathan deserve the recognition,” UT Martin head coach Peter Dalton said. “With this leadership, I’m confident there are many more of our athletes that got close to All-OVC honors today that are ready to take the next stop onto the podium during the outdoor season.”
UT Martin will return to the track with the opening of the outdoor season on Saturday, March 17 at the Margret Simmons Invite.