University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore Teghan Henderson (Pickering, Ontario) took first in the women’s 3000 meter invitational race and just missed the school record while senior Mark Cole (McKenzie, Tenn.) outdistanced his competition in the men’s race Saturday at the Niswonger Invitational hosted by East Tennessee State. The event was run in the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center in Johnson City.
“I told Teghan to run with the group for the first lap,” UTC Head Coach Bill Gautier said. “And that’s what she did. As soon as finished that first lap, she took off and it was over.”
Henderson ran the event in a time of 9:35.19, less than four seconds off the school-record time (9:31.75) set by Shannon Wommack in 2006. Just behind Henderson was former UTC runner and three-time Southern Conference champion Gina (Recher) Rouse running unattached.
“Gina is training for a marathon,” Gautier said. “I was coaching her more than I was coaching Teghan. It was really neat to have the past and present running together.”
Cole, back on the track after sitting out last season with an injury, was back in form. He finished the men’s 3000 meter with a time of 8:38.88, outdistancing Benedict’s Ediberto Crisanto (8:44.66) and Appalachian State’s Chris Garrett (8:45.52).
“Mark ran like the veteran that he is,” Gautier said. “He had fun and ran a really good race. He started out running with the pack and then took the lead for a bit to shake things up before dropping back with the pack. In the end, he got away from everyone and won easily.”
The men’s and women’s DMR teams each placed second with the women’s B team placing fourth. In the women’s race, the first UTC team placed second with a time of 12:30.38. Hannah Chamblin led off with a 4:44 1200 meter leg.
“Kiaana Howard ran a great 800 leg and Keeley Stewart is strong as always,” Gautier said. “Jessica York did a great job with her leg, running a 5:21.”
Chattanooga’s Team B ran the event in a time of 12:43.36.
The men’s DMR was led off by Trevor Janssen (Jordan Station, Ontario) and ran the race in a time of 10:14.90.
“Harry Smithers ran his first indoor race,” Gautier said of his newcomer. “It got really tight in there and he stumbled just a bit, but overall the team ran really well and I’m very happy.”
Sophomore Rebecca Greenwall (Bogart, Ga.) finished sixth in the women’s Mile with a PR time of 5:12.83. Junior Patrick O’Brien (Chattanooga, Tenn.) placed ninth in the men’s Mile with a time of 4:30.21.