September 16, 2013

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin cross country team produced personal bests and continued to show positive improvement in the recent Commodore Classic on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Nashville’s Percy Warner Park.

The men’s team had three runners finish amongst the top-100. For the second consecutive meet, the Skyhawks were led by sophomore Justin Morgan who finished63rd with an 8K time of 26:20.53 to mark a personal best. Junior Colin Johnson placed 85th (26:43.25) while freshman Joey DeSantis placed rounded out the top-100 by placing 92nd with a time of 26:55.94.

Other UT Martin finishers include: freshman Dalton Hudlow (27:39.95), freshman David Wells (28:05.83), junior Josiah Roberts (28:58.10), senior Vance Pounders (29:44.53), sophomore Zach Phifer (30:31.63) and sophomore Mark Graubner (32:28.49).

On the women’s side, sophomore Hayley Doty paced the Skyhawks, finishing 87th with a time of 19:17.55 in the women’s 5K. Junior Grace Lucas led a pack of five Skyhawks who all placed within 20 finishes of each other. Lucas finished with a time of 20:45.08, followed closely by sophomore Kaycee Grimes with a time of 21:02.03.

Other UT Martin finishers include: freshman Marne Helbing (21:07.77), sophomore Abby Frantom (21:09.21) and freshman Heather Mullis (21:33.24).

“This weekend’s weather allowed for a better test of fitness,” said UT Martin head cross country coach Gordon Sanders. “The fact that Hayley had more than a minute improvement was not a surprise after having the biggest summer’s training in her life. The same strategy helped Justin to his personal best and Joey to continue to be the top frosh.  Grace is showing form consistent with her track personal bests and Heather was just a few seconds away from a personal best as well.”

“It was quite a bit of improvement for everyone from two weeks ago,” continued Sander. “We will just continue to build through the season.”

The Skyhawk cross country teams will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 5 when they make the trip to Louisville, Ky. for the Louisville Classic. The meet is schedule to start at 9:30 a.m.

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