SKYHAWKS POST SEVERAL PERSONAL BESTS IN TRACK FINALE AT ROSE-HULMAN
April 21, 2014
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The University of Tennessee at Martin cross country team wrapped up the spring track portion of its 2013-14 slate at the Twilight Meet, hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at the William M. Welch Track Complex over the weekend with several personal bests, including a record setting performance.
The Skyhawks got things started in the women’s 3000 meter run as three runners competed in the event. Heather Mullis led the Skyhawks with a time of 11:48.01, just narrowly beating out teammate Olivia Owens with a time of 11:48.66. Rounding out the field was Hannah Wolters with a time of 12:34.55 to wrap up her Skyhawk career.
On the men’s side of the 3k, David Wells led the squad with a time of 9:20.71 while Zach Phifer trailed with a 9:55.61 finish.
Moving into the women’s 5000 meter run, three Skyhawks placed in the field’s top-10, led by the pace of Hayley Doty with a time of 18:56.99, good for a third place finish in the finals and a new personal best. Grace Lucas set a personal best of her own with a time of 19:58.93 while Abby Frantom completed the Skyhawk trio with a 20:19.54 finish.
Colin Johnson proved tough once again in the men’s 5k, breaking his own school record by just seconds with a finals time of 15:09.35, good for a second place finish in the event. Joey DeSantis joined Johnson in the field, finishing in the top-10 with a time of 15:36.91.
“The perfect conditions helped get some significant personal bests,” said UT Martin coach Gordon Sanders. “Hayley dropped 20 seconds off her 5K best and Grace 25 seconds off hers. Heather dropped 12 seconds offer her recent 3K best. With Colin edging out his school record by less than a second and a few other personal bests gotten, heading north for the Friday evening cool was a good end to our season."