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08.30.12: TENNESSEE COLLEGIATE CROSS-COUNTRY PREVIEW: coming soon

08.29.12: COACH RODNEY STOKER RESIGNS FOM BRYAN COLLEGE, JOINS UT COACHING STAFF: Bryan College Head Coach, Rodney Stoker, has resigned and has accepted the positionof Assistant Coach for Cross Country and Track & Field at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Bryan was the men's and women's Cross Country and Track & Field coach a Bryan for the past seven years. Stoker, a former UT-Chattanooga standout, restarted the Bryan program in 2005 and has gradually taken the men's program to national prominence at the NAIA level. [more]

08.29.12: 800M STARS, WRIGHT AND MOORE, CREATE FUN SITE SO YOU CAN FOLLOW THEIR ROAD TRIP: Knoxville-based middle distance runners, Phoebe Wright and Erica Moore, invite you to check out their entertaining new website, runninthestreets.com, which provides insights into the life of a professional runner and als chronicles their upcoming trip around the U.S visiting other professional runners. [more]

site, runninthestreets.com, which provides interesting insights into the life of a professional runner, including a training log, and also will chronicle their upcoming cross-country road trip. [visit site]

08.25.12: CARRIGAN, SAUPE WILD THANG: Rece

08.25.12: FRIEND-UHL LEADS RUNNERS HOME AT TITANS 5K: Rece

08.25.12: DUNNE BLAZES NEW COURSE RECORD AT FENTON PAYNE & FRED 5K: Rece

08.18.12: DUNNE BLAZES NEW COURSE RECORD AT FENTON PAYNE & FRED 5K: Recent middle Tennessee transplant Amanda Dunne clocked a very impressive 17:11 to crush the existing course record at the Fenton Payne & Fred 5K in Murfreesboro. Dunne, a former stand-out middle distance runner for Missouri with a 4:14 1500m PR, move to middle Tennesse earlier this month with husband Timothy. She wasted no time in making a splash on the local road racing scene, with only male overall winner, Jacob Carrigan able to outpace her. Carrigan, running all alone, clocked 16:28, while former ETSU star, Zamzam Sangau was second female and an isolated third overall in a time of 17:42. [results]

08.18.12: SMELSER IMPRESSIVE AT RUN FOR THE HILL 5K: Kingsport's Michael Smelser, who just turned 40 and was running his first race as a master, conquered an extrememely hill course and outpaced 196 runners to win male overall and masters honors, clocking 17:41. Thirteen-year-old Halle Hausman was the female overall winner, clocking 21:42, while Cathey Walsh, 41, was the female masters winner, clocking 24:25. [results]

08.17.12: FRIEND-UHL CLOCKS 4:47 AT LIBERTY MILE IN PITTSBURGH: Two weeks after tying her own State Record, Brentwood's Sonja Friend-Uhl was in road mile action again, this time in Pittsburgh,PA. Friend-Uhl, 41, ran in the masters heat of the Liberty Mile, outpacing all the men to clock 4:47.0. Alas, this race was not on a USATF-certified course so the record won't count, but Friend-Uhl did pocket $500 in prize money. [results]

08.11.12: JONES, SCOTT WINNERS AT ELVIS PRESLEY 5K: Lance Jones and Marcia Scott (nee Sorrell) were the overall winners at the Elvis Presley 5K in Memphis. Jones, 27, of Lakeland, clocked 16:06 to outpace Daniel Aboye by eight seconds. Scott, 28, of Memphis, clocked 19:21. Masters honors went to Patrick Alexander and Jule Hargreaves, viositing from Texas. They clocked times of 17:33 and 20:37 respectively. [results]

08.09.12: WATTS NAMES AS NEW HEAD COACH AT ETSU: The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Thursday the hiring of George Watts as the Director of ETSU Track & Field/Cross Country. Watts takes over for former head coach Dave Walker, who retired in June after a Hall of Fame career that ended with over 50 years of service to the ETSU athletics program. “It’s a great honor to be selected as the next Director of ETSU Track & Field/Cross Country,” Watts said. “I would like to thank Dave Mullins, Barbie Breedlove and the committee for having the faith in me to follow in the footsteps of a coaching legend like Dave Walker. I have some big shoes to fill, but I am confident we can build on the success of this tradition-rich program. This is a wonderful opportunity and I am ready to get started.” [more]

08.04.12: BAKSA, HAGANS MIDNIGHT WINNERS IN PIGEON FORGE: Chattanooga's Andy Baksa and Knoxville's Lauren Hagans were the overall victors at the Pigeon Forge Midnight 8K. Baksa prevailed after a tough battle with Kenyan Justus David. The former Farragut High School and University of Tennessee star clocked 25:05 to edge Justus (who raced a 1road mile 16 hours earlier) by just two seconds to repeat as winner. Hagens, a track specialist, outpaced the women's runner-up, Lydia Kosgei, by 15 seconds in clocking 28:51. Masters honors went to Vince Sartori, 42, and Jennifer Singh, 53, who clocked 30:29 and 38:00 respectively. [results]

08.04.12: FRIEND-UHL IMPRESSIVE IN SMYRNA: Brentwood's Sonja Friend-Uhl was impressive in finishing first female and 4th overall in the Bill Nash Dash for Cash 1 mile road race in Smyrna. Friend-Uhl, 41, tied her own 40-44 State Record, with her 4:54 clocking. Ahead of her Murfreesboro-based Kenyan had a comfortable win ahead of countryman Kipkosgei Magut, clocking 4:37. [results]

07.28.12: WIETECHA GOODLETTSVILLE 4-MILE: Scott Wietecha cruised to an easy win in clocking 20:45 at the Goodlettsville 4-miler, outpacing Jacon Carrigan by 71 seconds, while twins Julia and Jessica Rizor went 1-2 among the female runners, finishing a stride apart in 27:26 and 27:27. The first male and female masters were Gallatin's John Wilcox (26:29) and Kim Scurti of Florida (29:13). [results]

07.23.12: INTERVIEW WITH SARAH BOWMAN: Knoxville's Sarah Bowman recently finished 6th in the women's 1500m final at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR. The former University of Tennessee star's impressive performance in Eugene is all the more impressive when one discovers the rather rocky path she had to the trials. While most of her rivals had "A" standard qualifiers from the previous summer or from early season west coast meets at Stanford or Oxy, Bowman didn't even qualify for the Trials until June 6, just three weeks before the Trials started. She didn't even put on a pairr of spikes until June 2nd. [more]

07.21.12: HORTON, FORD WINNERS AT CARTER MILL 10K: Alan Horton and Mandy Ford were the overall male and female winners at the Carter Mill 10K in Knoxville. Horton, 31, clocked 33:59 over the hilly 10-kilometer course to edge Ethan Coffey by 3 seconds. Ford was the first female finisher, clocking 41:34, 43 seconds up on runner-up Cherie Kern. The first masters home were Lee Franklen and Valerie Bachman, who finished in 39:36 and 43:42. [results]

07.17.12: PENNY TAMES WOLF RUN, SETS NEW RECORD: On a hot and sticky Tuesday evening, exactly 200 runners gathered for the Wolf Run 7-mile Trail Run in Kingsport's Bays Mountain Park, but only the clock could offer a serious challenge to Jonesborough's J Penny. The former ETSU runner deserted the field right away and set off in pursuit of the course record of 42:58. Penny, 25, hacked 50 seconds off the old mark to finish the very challenging 7-miler - muddy trails and over 1000 feet in elevation change - in 42:08 and pocket $100 for setting the new mark. Johnson City's Molly Allen, just 17, was the first female finisher, clocking 54:30.The first male and female masters home were 51-year-old Stephen Powers of Hendersonville,NC and 49-year-old Dee Perry of Johnson City, clocking times of 49:56 and 51:45 respectively. [results]

07.16.12: PILATES & RUNNING: SOUL MATES?: Pilates and Running. Could it be that they are soul mates? At first glance - it would appear not! Runners love competition, challenging, grueling, sweat inducing, heart-pounding workouts. Pilates by nature is none of these. You won’t win the race in Pilates, you won’t get a PR and there are no age group awards. There’s not even a finish line! So if all the things that you love about running are missing in Pilates- why bother? Because Pilates may very well make you a better, more efficient runner and prevent you from a side-lining injury. [more]

07.14.12: COURSE RECORD SURVIVES DESPITE STELLAR FIELD ASSEMBLES AT CRAZY 8s: A Tilahun Regassa, a Pennsylvania-based Ethiopian, clocked an impressive 22:15 to win and collect $5000. Shadrack Kosgei, the 2010 and 2011 winner clocked 22:28 to lead a stream of Kenyans, including NCAA 10,000m record holder Sam Chelanga, that occupied the next five places. The first Tennessean home was Gray's J Penny, who clocked 26:08 to place 22nd overall. For the second year, there was no women's prize money whatsoever, and thus, the women's field was much weaker than the men's. Knoxville's Rebecca McDowell cruised to an easy female overall win, clocking 30:07. First male and female masters overall were Alcoa's Tim Gregory, 40,and Kingsport's Molly Allen, 41, who recorded times of 30:43 and 32:18 respectively. [results]

07.13.12: MOORE, WRIGHT IN ACTION IN KORTRIJK: Although they didn't make the team for London, Knoxville's Erica Moore and Phoebe Wright have continued ther seasons in Europe, and competed in the Kortrijkse Guldensporenmeeting in the Belgian town of Kortrijk. Running in the women's 800m, they finished 2nd and 4th respectively, behind winner Maggie Vessey. In a somehat pedestrian affair, Vessey clocked 2:01.55, with Moore and Wright stoping the clock at 2:02.79 and 2:03.73 respectively. In the women's 1500m, steeplechase specialist Stephanie Garcia trailed in last of the 15 finishers in her heat in a disappointing 4:30.61. [results]

07.11.12: BOWMAN NOTCHES 1500 WIN IN TORONTO: A trio of Knoxville-based middle distance runners were in action at the Toronto International Track and Field Games. Sarah Bowman won the women's 1500m with a well timed kick. The former UT star split 64.0 for the last 400m to stop the clock at 4:11.33, just holding off Canadian Kate van Buskirk. Bowman's training partner Lyndsay Harper ran the women's 800m, placing 8th in 2:05.21. [results | race video, flotrack.org]

07.04.12: KEVEREN, FRIEND-UHL COMFORTABLE WINNERS AT FIRECRACKER 5K: Sean Keveren and Sonja Friend-Uhl had little trouble defending their home turf in Brentwood's Andrews Cadillac Firecracker 5K on a hot July 4th morning. Keveren, a 6-time State champion while at Brentwood High and now a senior at Virginia, cruised to a 16:10 win, outpacing Spring Hill's Kris Howard by thirteen seconds. Sonja Friend-Uhl clocked an impressive 17:30 to finish first female. The 41-year-old finished 25 seconds up on Franklin's Sharon Thompson. The first male master home was 40-year-old Andrew Thompson, who clocked 17:53. [results]

07.02.12: O'DONNELL, WARD IMPRESSIVE AT FIREBALL 5K: Oak Ridge's MacLean O'Donnell was the overall male winner of the Pilot Fireball Classic in Knoxville. The former Oak Ridge HS star and current Texas A&M stand-out clocked 15:28 to finish 12 seconds up on Max Paquette. Athens' Haley Ward, the state AAA 3200m champion on the track six weeks earlier, claimed the female overall win, clocking 18:04, six ticks up on Rebecca McDowell. Oak Ridge's Ed Wright, who helped coach O'Donnell in high school, took home the male masters hardware after a fine 16:55 clocking, while La Follette's Marsha Morton, 46, was the first female master across the line, running 20:41. [results]

07.01.12: BOWMAN IMPRESSIVE 6TH IN WOMEN'S 1500 FINAL AT OLYMPIC TRIALS: On the final day of the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR, Knoxville's Sarah Bowman ran very well to place 6th. Bowman clocked 4:08.25 in a race won by pre-race favorite, Morgan Uceny, in 4:04.59. Shannon Rowbury and 2011 World Champion, Jenny Simpson, placed 2nd and 3rd to earn the other two U.S Olympic team berths. After a cautious start at the back of the field, staying out of trouble, for the first lap, Bowman moved up to 5th by 700m, and was in 4th, a half-stride behind the eventual top 3, at the bell. However, a 63.4 last lap was no match for the 60-second close by Uceny, Rowbury, and Simpson, and Bowman would be overhauled by Gabriele Anderson and Anna Pierce in the closing stages.

But Bowman's 6th place is outstanding, given where she was just two months ago. After struggling with an Achilles tendon injury for the last 2 years, and missing the entire 2011 season, Bowman, who is coached by University of Tennessee head coach, J. J. Clark, didn't even qualify for the Trials until the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville on June 2nd. "A month ago, I was just trying to get here," she said in a post-race interview with Flotrack. "I put my heart on the line. I tried. I'm just so happy to be out here after missing the last two years." [results | race video, nbcsports.com | post-race interview, Flotrack.org]

06.29.12: GARCIA 9TH INTO WOMEN'S 3000M STEEPLECHASE FINAL AT OLYMPIC TRIALS: A trio of Knoxville-based runners were in action on Day 9 of the U.S. Olympic Trials. Foemer University of Virginia star, Stephanie Garcia, who is coached by UT assistant coach Mary Jayne Reeves.... 9th in a disappointing 9:50.74.

The race was won by pre-race favorite Emma Coburn, who clocked 9:32.78.

In the women's 1500m semi-finals, Sarah Bowman and Phobe Wright both ran in the second of two heats. While Bowman cruised through to qualify for the final 48 hours later, Wright struggled and did not advance. Bowman clocked 4:10.65 to place 5th, while Wright clocked 4:13.65 back in 9th place. [results]

06.28.12: BUMBALOUGH 4TH IN MEN'S 5000 FINAL AT OLYMPIC TRIALS: Andrew Bumbalough 4th, behind Galen Rupp, Bernard Lagat, and Lopez Lomong. Bumbalough clocked 13:26.67 (1:57.23 last 800m), just over 2 seconds adrift of Lomong who earned the 3rd spot on the team for London.

Did Bumbalough's fast last 800 in the prelims cost him in the final?

Franklin's Kathy Kroeger was 15th in the women's 5000m final, clocking 15:40.55.

In the women's 1500m preliminary heats, Phoebe Wright and Sarah Bowman easily advanced to the semi-finals, clocking 4:16.29 and 4:16.86 respectively in their heats, but former training partner, Heidi Dahl (who recently returned to being advised by BYU coach James Shane) trailed in last in her heat in a time of 4:27.68. [results]

06.25.12: WRIGHT 5TH IN WOMEN'S 800 FINAL AT OLYMPIC TRIALS: On 1:59.72, just 0.26 seconds away from a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Alysia Montano won in 1:59.08, with a fast-finishing Geena Gall clocking 1:59.24 in 2nd, and Alice Schmidt nabbing the third spot in 1:59.46.

In the women's 5000m prelims, Franklin's Kathy Kroeger qualified for the final, clockin 15:50.09 to place 7th in her heat.

In the men's 5000m prelims, former Brentwood Academy star, Andrew Bumbalough, who now runs for Nike and lives in Oregon, won his heat, outleaning Galen Rupp. Both runners ran a completely unnecssary (but impressive nonetheless) 1:53.5 last 800m. Rupp appeared to snub Bumbalough's handshake after the race. [results]

06.23.12: WRIGHT CRUISES INTO WOMEN'S 800 FINAL AT OLYMPIC TRIALS: On Day 3 of the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR, Knoxville's Phoebe Wright (right) cruised through the women's 800m semi-finals, clocking 2:00.88 to finish 3rd in her heat, just behind Molly Beckwith and Geena Gall. Wright, who hails from Chattanooga originally, but has resided in Knoxville ever since attending UT as a freshman in 2005, led through 400m (reached in 58.85). Beckwith thn took the lead just before 600m and kept it. Wright already has the the Olympic Games "A" standard (from a 1:59.25 clocking at last year's U.S Championships), so a top 3 finish in Monday night's final will ensure her place on the U.S team for London. If that doesn't go according to plan, she is also entered in the 1500m. [results]

06.22.12: MIXED FORTUNES FOR TENNESSEANS ON DAY 2 OF OLYMPIC TRIALS: The women's 800m preliminary heats saw four Tennesseans, all Knoxville residents - Heidi Dahl, Lyndsay Harper, Phoebe Wright, and Erica Moore - and UT senior, ChanellePrice, in action. Dahl had a disappointing run to trail home last of eight in heat 1, clocking 2:09.49. Harper, who was running well in heat 2 before tangling with Latavia Thomas, was unlucky not to advance. She had the fastest 200m split between 400 and 600 and had moved into 5th, before falling with just 100m remaining. She still manages to pick herself up quickly after the awkward fall(pictured right) and clock 2:08.33. In heat 3, Phoebe Wright advanced without any drama, taking control of the race on the first lap and finishing a half-stride behind Molly Beckwith in a time of 2:00.83. In the last of the four heats, the big surprise was Erica Moore not advancing. Moore, who has a PR of 1:59.97 set earlier this year indoors, has been inconsistent outdoors, but one would still have expected her to advance to the semi-finals. However, she never got up towards the front after a sluggish opening 400m in 7th place, and would up 5th in 2:04.44, one spot behind UT senior Chanelle Price, who led at the bell and at 600m, before fading down the home stretch.

In the men's 800m heats, Knoxville's Andrew Dawson, who had clocked a PR of 1:46.96 the week before last to stamp his ticket to the Trials, could not replicated that form. He placed 6th clocking 1:48.35, as Khadevis Robinson cruised to the win in 1:47.30.

The final Tennessean in action on Day 2, yet another Knoxvillian, was Liz Costello. The former Princeton and UT stand-out ran in the women's 10,000m. She placed 16th in a time of 32:53.31, some 13 seconds off her PR. [results]

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