CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin track and field teams returned to competition this weekend as several Skyhawks posted personal records at the Austin Peay Governors Invitational.
The Skyhawks notched 15 new career-best times and four school records in the competition while posting a handful of event titles to highlight yet another successful weekend.
Action got started on the men’s side as the two-sport athlete quartet of Porter Streator, Joseph Este, Jaylon Moore and Rakeem Battle posted a new school record in the 4x100m relay. The group posted a time of 43.02 to narrowly best the previous school mark set during the 1999 season.
In the men’s 800m event, sophomore Leonel Perez ran a PR en route to winning the individual title with a time of 1:53.53. Freshman Edwin Kurgat wasn’t far behind, finishing in third place with a time of 1:56.83 for a PR of his own. Also posting PRs in the event was the freshman trio of Ryan Ford (2:00.37), Austin Rogers (2:00.97) and Joey Palumbo (2:01.09).
The freshman pair of Kurgat and Ford would impressively double up events on the afternoon, transitioning from the 800m to the 1500m event. In the 1500m, Kurgat set a PR with a time of 3:52.54 to finish second overall while Ford also notched a PR at 3:58.44.
The Skyhawk men would wrap up the weekend with success in the 400m hurdles, shot put and long jump. Freshman Cameron Murrell would break the minute barrier to set a new school record in the 400m hurdles at 59.58 seconds. Meanwhile Christopher Hardin notched a school record with a distance of 9.22 meters in the shot put. Junior Antonio Clifton would wrap up the day with a distance of 6.7 meters in the long jump to finish second.
Moving into the women’s 1500m event, Ann Asipan, Kara Martin and Emma Edmonds would all finish within the top five. Asipan highlighted the event with a time of 4:28.80 to notch an event victory and a new school record. Martin would also post a PR with a third place finish at 4:39.87 while Edmonds was fifth at 4:44.04.
Moving into the sprint events, the women’s squad finished third with a time of 4:12.70. Meanwhile freshman Maya Brown ran well in both the 100m and 200m events.
“The sprint squad continues to make huge strides in the team’s very first track season,” said UT Martin head coach Peter Dalton. “Specifically, Ann, Edwin and Leonel’s performances today were so impressive. There’s four weeks until the conference championships and we are confident that we are rounding into racing shape just at the right time."