Dalton State Women's Track Finishes 4th At SAC Championship

Sunday, April 22, 2018
The fact that the Dalton State women's track team only consists of seven distance runners did not stop them from making a solid showing at the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship Meet in Mobile, Alabama. They were able to score 99 points and finish fourth. 

Leading the way was senior 
com/roster.aspx?rp_id%3D635&source=gmail&ust=1524522001652000&usg=AFQjCNGEuaYgaK7ntgMAAB5yvfg0Yd-C1Q">Nayeli Jacobo who finished with three medals around her neck including two trips to the top of the podium when she won the both 1500-meter run and the 800-meter run in the span of an hour and half. In addition, she was part of the 4X800 meter relay team that broke the school record by a whopping 29 seconds on their way to a third-place finish. Joining Jacobo on the relay were freshmen Noor SabeehSarah Sullivan, and Hayley Hight.
 
Just after the 4X800 on Friday, freshmen Kay Vradenbugh and Morgan King joined sophomore Ana Karen Padilla in the grueling 10,000-meter run. "AK" Padilla was the defending champion in the event, but Vradenburgh proved too tough for her and the rest of field as she won the event pulling away over the second half of the race. Padilla and King finished third and fourth respectively to earn 21 points total in the event.
 
Saturday began with the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Sabeeh and Sullivan were ranked one-two going into the final race of the year and they didn't disappoint. Sabeeh finished only four seconds off the conference championship record to take first place. Sullivan ran a time that would have won last year's final by 22 seconds, but this year she had to settle for second place.
 
Vradenburgh and King, both tired from the 10,000 meters the day prior, toed the line in the 1500 meters with Jacobo. Vradenburgh ran a smart race and finished on the podium with a third-place finish and personal best time. King managed to finish 11th.
 
Vradenburgh and King also joined Jacobo in the 800 meters. Vradenburgh was able to score a point for the Roadrunners when she finished 8th overall. King was 12th. The race turned out to be a tactical race that saw much slower-than-normal finishing times. 
 
Departing from distance events, Sullivan took on the 400-meter hurdles and ran very well. Breaking her own school record by five seconds, the distance runner managed a sixth-place finish overall in the typically all-sprinter event.
 
Another big scoring opportunity came in the 5,000 meters where the Roadrunners entered the third, fourth and fifth fastest times in the field. They placed two more on the podium when Sabeeh finished in second place and Hight finished third. Padilla finished just off the podium in fourth place. That was good enough to score another 19 points in the second longest event of the meet.
 
No track meet is complete until the 4X400 meters is run. The team of King, Sullivan, Sabeeh, and Jacobo broke the school record by 13 seconds and finished fourth in an event designed for sprinters.

"I could not be prouder of this group of young ladies," said DS Coach Dean Thompson "To be able to score 99 points with only seven distance runners is phenomenal. But these runners are not ordinary. They understand how to compete hard and get the most out of themselves when that gun goes off." He added, "I was especially happy for our senior, Nayeli, who was able to finish her career with a special day. We will miss her leadership and her grit and determination. She's a special athlete."
 
The Lady Roadrunners are done for this season, but they will be back in the fall to compete in the Southern States Athletic Conference in Cross Country.

PREP SCHEDULES

FOOTBALL     FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 Father Ryan at Baylor Bradley at William Blount Brainerd at Tyner Central at Hixson Notre Dame at Chattanooga Christian Cleveland at Ooltewah East Hamilton at Anderson Co. East Ridge at Howard Grace at Mt. Juliet Christian Sunbright at Lookout Valley Loudon at Marion ... (click for more)

Dalton State Takes Team Lead Into Final Round In Bojangles Tennessee Intercollegiate

#12 Dalton State got off to a hot start and kept the momentum going throughout the afternoon firing a two round total of (-11, 565) and sits in first place heading into the final round of the Bojangles Tennessee Intercollegiate at Tennessee National Golf Club in Loudon, Tn. The Roadrunners hold a 12 shot lead over (RV) Truett-McConnell (Ga.) in second at (+1, 577). #13 Point ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Airport Has Biggest Month Yet; Work May Start Next Year On Parking Deck With 1,300 Spaces

The Chattanooga Airport set a record in September with 44,000 enplanements, the highest ever for one month. This was an increase of nine percent over September 2017, and deplanements were in line, said Terry Hart president and CEO. He said that more parking is needed near the terminal to keep up with the growth. The 20-year master plan includes a parking deck with around 1,300 ... (click for more)

Man, 72, Dies In Highway 58 Crash Due To Medical Issue

A 72-year-old man was killed in a wreck on Highway 58 on Monday afternoon. At approximately 4:40 p.m., the Chattanooga Police Department's Traffic Unit responded to the 5500 block of Highway 58. It was found that a Subaru was traveling south on Highway 58 when it left the roadway and came to rest against a tree stump. The driver was found to be unresponsive and was transported ... (click for more)

Why Are Joda Thongnopnua And Phil Bredesen Downplaying Their Democratic Values?

For the past several months, the Democratic Party has reached a tipping point. “Their Resistance” is to oppose anything and everything Republicans are doing to deliver a stronger economy and better economic opportunities for all Americans.  Yet, I find it very interesting that the public outcry we are seeing from the Democrats on a national level is nowhere to be found when ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It’s ‘Tennessee Week’

For over 50 years I have heard the line, “There are two things you must never do on ‘The Third Saturday of October.’ You mustn’t ever marry and try not to die because, in either case, the preacher won’t show up.” He’ll be watching “The Game.” Ever since Oct 18, 1901, Tennessee and Alabama have been going at it and that inaugural game set the tone as well as the standard for all ... (click for more)