CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The University of Tennessee at Martin outdoor track and field teams posted another strong weekend in its third outdoor meet of the season with an appearance at the Drury Hotels Joey Haines Invitational hosted by Southeast Missouri.
The Skyhawks got the two-day event started on Friday night in the 10k event. Junior Amelia Martin posted a dazzling performance in the event, finishing second overall while just missing taking the title with a time of 37:16.56. Martin’s time shattered her previous school record mark by over a full minute. Joining in the action was freshman Sydney Larkin who posted a sixth place finish in her 10k debut with a time of 38:50.26.
UT Martin returned to action on Saturday where the squad debuted a new event for the season as senior Christopher Hardin set a new school record with a distance of 8.47 meter, besting the previous program mark set in 1999. Freshman Cameron Murrell then posted a new PR of his own in the 400m dash with a time of 53.2 seconds.
The Skyhawk 4x100m squad of Ivan Cherry, Maya Brown, Bryana Maclin and Jasmyn Pilcher continued to improve upon the team’s exchanges to finish second overall with a time of 50.33. Three of the aforementioned athletes returned to the track in the women’s 200m dash as Pilcher led the squad with a time of 26.7 seconds to set a new PR while Brown (27.02) and Cherry (29.26) also competed.
In the men’s 1500m, sophomore Leonel Perez set a huge PR with a time of 3:56.04 to finish third overall in the event. Meanwhile Jonathan Conley continued to impress, setting yet another school record with a third place finish in the 800m event with a time of 1:52.93 to break his own program benchmark.
The Skyhawks dazzled once again in both the men’s and women’s 5k events. Freshman Edwin Kurgat not only set a new PR and won the event, but broke both the school and event record with a time of 14:27.34. The time broke the meet record by over a second while shattering his previous school record by over 20 seconds. Freshman Ryan Ford would also break the 15-minute barrier on the day with a time of 14:56.51 to complete the 1-2 finish for the Skyhawks.
On the women’s side, senior Ann Asipan also set a new PR and broke her school record with a time of 16:38.13 to win the event. Meanwhile freshmen Kara Martin (17:54.76) and Emma Edmonds (17:59.69) set huge PRs while breaking the 18-minute barrier which is a rarity for freshman performers.
UT Martin will return to competition at the APSU Invitational on Saturday, April 15.