CARBONDALE, Ill. – Despite subpar weather conditions, the University of Tennessee at Martin outdoor track and field squads set numerous personal records in a loaded field at the Bill Cornell Classic hosted by Southern Illinois over the weekend.
The Skyhawks saw several athletes post the best times of their careers on the day, beginning with the duo of Leonel Perez and Edwin Kurgat in the men’s 800m. Perez finished second overall in the event with a time of 1:54.68 to set a huge PR. Kurgat wouldn’t finish too far behind, notching a top-10 spot with a time of 1:58.84 for a new PR of his own. Kurgat then later returned to action in the 1500m event, notching a time of 4:00.03 to set his second PR of the day.
The squad would transition to the 100m dash where Porter Streator III notched a new PR in the event with a time of 11.54. Another two-sport athlete provided a big splash as Antonio Clifton made the finals of the long jump with a distance of 6.56 meters.
Freshman Cameron Murrell would cap off the afternoon for the Skyhawk men with a new school record and PR in the 400m hurdles event. Murrell notched a time of 1:01.34 to rewrite the record books.
On the women’s side, the Skyhawks were headlined once again by standout senior Ann Asipan. In the women’s 1500m event, Asipan posted a victory while setting a new PR and program record with a time of 4:35.65, besting the previous school record by over 12 seconds set during the 1997 campaign. She later came back to post a new PR in the 800m event, posting a top-5 finish with a time of 2:15.99.
Staying in the 1500m event, the trio of Amelia Martin, Lydia Lee and Sydney Larkin each stepped down in distance to notch new PRs. Martin notched a time of 4:56.21 while Lee finished at 5:01.97 and Larkin at 5:04.36.
In a pair of the sprint events, Bryana Maclin posted a time of 18:19 in the women’s 100m hurdles. Fellow freshman Jasmyn Pilcher then set a PR in the 400m dash with a time of 1:00.96.
The Skyhawks would wrap up the day with an improved unit in the women’s 4x100m relay with tighter technique. The quartet of Ivana Cherry, Malia Sanders, Maya Brown and Pilcher would finish with a time of 51:18.
“With the challenging weather conditions, the times weren’t there for a lot of the athletes, but we used this meet to round-out an important training block,” said UT Martin head coach Peter Dalton. “As we transition into the peak of the outdoor season, it’s going to be exciting to see the athletes break more records and compete at an elite level.”
UT Martin will return to the track to compete at the Drury Hotels Joey Haines Invite in Cape Girardeau, Mo. On Saturday, Apr. 1.