NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin put the finishing touches on its track schedule at the Vanderbilt Invitational, breaking a school record for the second straight weekend.
One week after Amanda Wardlaw broke the UT Martin record in the 5k meter run (18:18.01) at Ole Miss, senior Laura Wind set a new Skyhawk benchmark in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 12:09.62.
“Improvement of 21 seconds in the 1500 meter run, then 77 seconds in the 5000 meter run, then a UT Martin record in the steeplechase,” UT Martin head coach Gordon Sanders said. “This is quite a good series to cap Laura’s career as a Skyhawk.”
However, that was not the only eye-opening performance for UT Martin. Freshman Justin Morgan finished the season only seven seconds off of the program’s record in the 5000 meter run, crossing the finish line in 15:18.14 – a 93 second improvement from this past year.
Wardlaw closed out her career with a time of 18:51.62 in the 5000 meter run. Freshman Alexandra Stover wrapped up her season with her best time ever in the 5000 meter run (19:24.09), while freshman teammate Abby Frantom (20:21.63) also took part in the event, rounding out her season with a 2:20 improvement from last season.
Kaycee Grimes competed in the 1500 meter run, finishing with a time of 5:25.96. Hannah Wolters (19:59.83) gave UT Martin four solid finishers in the 5000 meter run.
On the men’s side, Vance Pounders accounted for a time of 2:00.33 in the 800 meter run. Ryan Pett ended his four-year career with a solid showing in the 1500 meter run (4:10.61).
In the 5000 meter run, seniors Tallon Scott (16:07.36) and Trevor Hancock (16:56.76) posted sound results in their final race in a UT Martin uniform. Zach Phifer and Mark Graubner also took part in the 5000 meter run, finishing with times of 16:57.39 and 17:04.06, respectively.
Overall, Sanders was pleased with his team’s showing and the momentum it will provide going into next fall.
“This was a terrific finish to the year of consistent hard work,” Sanders said. “This is what keeps the group motivated to continue to higher training loads.”