With the weather changing from moment to moment, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s and women’s outdoor track team put together several shining moments on the track on Day Two of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Invitational at Sam Bailey Track Saturday afternoon.
With inclement weather threatening the event Saturday morning, officials pushed back the start time by two hours to let the weather pass, but still it was a blustery, rainy afternoon on the track. However, several Chattanooga runners were able to hit personal records (PR).
“For the second straight week, Mark Cole ran a PR,” UTC Head Coach Bill Gautier said. “He’s having a great senior year and that’s what you hope for from your veterans.”
Cole, a senior from McKenzie, Tenn., posted a 3:58.65 in the men’s 1500 meter run placing ninth overall and second in his heat. Senior Harry Smithers (Melbourne, Australia) placed 13th overall with a time of 4:02.65. Paul Stuart (Brentwood, Tenn.) finished with a time of 4:05.32 with Matthew Marshall (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) behind at 4:06.86 while Zack Darby posted a time of 4:13.25 in the event.
“The freshmen women rose to the occasion,” Gautier said. “Jessica [York], Maddison [Melchionna] and Chandler [Rogers] are quickly becoming out go-to girls.”
In the women’s 1500m run, freshman Jessica York (Normandy, Tenn.) ran a PR time of 4:43.08 placing 10th overall. Freshman Katie Ray (Knoxville, Tenn.) ran a PR time of 5:01.42 with classmate Anna Kate Chance (Columbia, Tenn.) posted a 5:07.37 in the race.
In the 400m, junior Kiaana Howard (Nashville, Tenn.) topped the PR she set earlier this year in the season opener at the USF Bulls Invitational with a time of 58.17 winning her heat and placing 16th overall. Freshman Jasmine Snell (Nashville, Tenn.), in the same heat ran under a minute as well with a time at 59.74.
In the women’s 800m, freshman Maddison Melchionna (Afton, Tenn.) placed fifth with a time of 2:15.48 with fellow freshman Chandler Rogers (Loudon, Tenn.) finished second in her heat taking 10th overall with a time of 2:21.54. In the men’s 800m, junior Trevor Janssen (Jordan Station, Ontario) ran a PR in the event for outdoors with a time of 1:54.01, winning his heat by more than half a second.
“This is why we wanted Trevor at Chattanooga,” Gautier said. “We knew he could compete.”
Senior Nathan Wanuch (Mississauga, Ontario) placed second in the men’s 3000 meter Steeplechase with a time of 9:24.89 while senior John Gilpin (Nashville, Tenn.), running in his first Steeplechase, chased down the runner in front of him and was edged out at the finish line to take fourth overall with a time of 9:40.31.
“Nathan is a veteran guy and ran well,” Gautier said of his senior. “He just got beat by someone better on a very windy day.”
Sophomore Teghan Henderson (Pickering, Ontario) did not run Saturday in order to prepare for the Stanford Invitational next weekend in Palo Alto, Calif., as she tries to earn a qualifying time for the NCAA East Region. The rest of the team will be off next weekend and back in action the following weekend.
10. Jessica York 4:43.08 PR – huge. That was awesome
34. Katie Ray 5:01.42 PR
39. Anna Kate Chance 5:07.37
9. Mark Cole 3:58.65 PR second pr in two weeks – great year
13. Harry Smithers 4:02.65
20. Paul Stuart 4:05.32
22. Matthew Marshall 4:06.86
25. Zack Darby 4:13.25
-- Patrick O’Brien DNF – INJ
7. Iman Isang 16.29
16. Kiaana Howard 58.17 PR
20. Jasmine Snell 59.74
11. Geoff Nelson 50.81
12. DeQuante Sandifer 52.28
13. Tosin Ayotunde 53.28
24. Jaya Turner 13.02
12. Iman Isang 11.58
5. Maddison Melchionna 2:15.48
10. Chandler Rogers 2:21.54
15. Jessica Philpott 2:23.30
17. Molly Smith 2:26.23
19. Helenka Kis 2:26.91
22. Joanna Elmore 2:32.90
23. Ambria Reese 2:34.96
11. Trevor Janssen 1:54.01 PR (outdoors)
15. Marquis Carter 1:55.07
29. Austin Ethridge 2:04.34
37. Jaya Turner 27.57
20. Iman Isang 23.76
-- Rebecca Greenwall DNF – INJ
2. Nathan Wanuch 9:24.89
4. John Gilpin 9:40.31
8. Chattanooga A 4:06.01
Gabby Cader, Kiaana Howard, Jasmine Snell, Chandler Rogers
9. Chattanooga B
Ambria Reese, Maddison Melchionna, Jessica Philpott, Molly Smith
DeQuantez Sandifer, Trevor Janssen, Geoff Nelson, Tosin Ayutonde