UTC's Kennedy Thomson Sets New 800 Meter Record

Saturday, February 9, 2019

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga runner Kennedy Thomson set a new school record Saturday in the women’s 800 meter run at the Bulldog Open in the Birmingham CrossPlex. 

Thomson won her second race of the meet with a time of 2:10.73 in the middle distance race, besting the previous top Chattanooga time of 2:11.06 set by Maddison Melchionna in 2016 at the Samford Invitational. Thomson flirted with the school-record in the Mile Friday with a Samford Invite meet record time of 4:48.69, just missing the mark by 0.6 seconds.

“We had a very, very good weekend,” Chattanooga head coach Andy Meyer said.

“Coaches [Amanda] Cotter and [Mike] Gadson have the kids prepared well. We had so many kids run PRs or season-bests. It was amazing.”

Makenzie Jones took first in the 5000 meter run Saturday and set a meet record with a PR time of 17:25.58, topping her previous best by more than 25 seconds. Also topping the previous meet time was Hannah Caldwell who placed third blowing away her personal record time by more than a minute at 17:58.89 and placing third. Sophia Neglia, running in her first 5K in the indoor season, placed sixth overall at 18:39.89.

Nicole Buehrle also set a PR by nearly five seconds in the Open Mile, placing fourth with a time of 5:07.64 

Emily Poole posted a pair of Top 10 finishes Saturday. She won her heat in the 1000 meter run with a time of 3:14.91 followed by Taylor Sawyer at 3:20.95. Poole was eighth in the race with Sawyer finishing 10th. Poole ran a PR 10:12.93 in the 3000 meter and placed seventh overall.

“This meet was a huge confidence booster for our kids going into the conference meet in two weeks,” Meyer said. “I’m very proud of our student-athletes, coaches and trainer for the success exhibited so far. Definitely looking forward to seeing what we will accomplish in two weeks.”

The Mocs will return to action February 22-24 for the Southern Conference Championships hosted by VMI in Lexington, Va.

 

Field

Long Jump

35.

Rebekah Hampton

4.39m/14

37.

Rebekah Bryant

4.17m/13

 

Track

Saturday

800m Run

1.

Kennedy Thomson

2:10.73

SCHOOL RECORD (PR)

6.

Abby Bateman

2:17.79

PR

12.

Ashlynd Broling

2:21.53

PR

 

5000m

1.

Makenzie Jones

17:25.68

meet record (PR)

3.

Hannah Caldwell

17:57.89

meet record (PR)

6.

Sophia Neglia

18:39.89

season-best

 

Mile Run

4.

Nicole Buehrle

5:07.64

PR

 

3000m Run

7.

Emily Poole

10:12.93

PR

22.

Julia Henderson

10:59.73

PR

35.

Jada Hale

11:37.74

 

 

1000m Run

8.

Emily Poole

3:14.91

(won heat 2)

10.

Taylor Sawyer

3:20.95

(2ndin heat 2)

 

60m Dash

43.

Sage Davis

8.24

 

54.

Hannah Salami

9.02

(4thin heat 3)

55.

Rebekah Bryant

9.07

 

 

60m Hurdles

41.

Rebekah Hampton

10.38

season-best

 

400m Dash

30.

Nicole Buehrle

1:00.64

 

32.

Katie Coker

1:00.76

PR

61.

Camille Smith

1:08.68

 

 

1600m Relay

21.

Chattanooga A

4:91.05

 

Katie Coker, Camille Smith, Ashlynd Broling, Nicole Buehrle

 

 

Friday

Mile – Samford Invite

1.

Kennedy Thomson

4:48.69

meet record (PR)

 

200m prelim

49.

Sage Davis

27.04

(2ndin section 12)

65.

Hannah Salami

30.16

 

 

 

Men

3000m Run

11.

Mark Britt

8:52.40

PR

25.

Jonathan Boyd

9:10.83

PR

39.

Micah Sneller

9:42.58

PR

 

 

 


 


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