The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s indoor track and field team had a good day at the Southern Conference Championships with multiple personal records and an advance to the 800 meter final on Sunday by Emmy Davis at the VMI Corps Physical Training Facility.
“Today was a good day for the Mocs,” Chattanooga head coach Andy Meyer said. “Almost everyone had a PR or season-best. Freshman Emmy Davis stayed in perfect position throughout the 800 meter and had a fantastic kick in the last 50 meters to qualify for the final tomorrow.”
Davis finished fifth in the second heat with a time 2:22.01, shaving nearly two seconds off her career-best set just over two weeks ago at the Samford Bulldog Invite. She was eighth overall, qualifying 0.23 seconds ahead of ETSU’s runner in the first heat. The 800 meter final will run at 1:50 p.m. Sunday.
The Mocs’ day got started with the long jump. Kimbra Dunning jumped a PR 5.35 meters (17′ 6.75″). She built up to the distance, making it on her third try. Madelyn Thompson wasted no time hitting her longest jump, reaching it on her first try while freshman Mikah Charley jumped 4.81 meters (15′ 9.50″) in her first-ever long jump competition.
“Kim popped her third jump … and just finished two centimeters out of qualifying for the finals,” Meyer said. “Madelyn had a great first jump and a huge PR at 5.18 meters (17-feet).”
In the 60 meter dash, McKenzie Williamson just missed her PR by 0.10 seconds but did set a season-best time with a sub-eight minute time. Sage Davis also hit a season-best and was just three hundredths of a second off her PR. Dunning and Imani Bryant each set PRs in the race.
“All the girls raced well,” Meyer said. “McKenzie went under eight seconds for a very fast 7.97.”
Davis and Bryant both posted PRs in the 200 meter dash and Faith Brown topped her previous best time in the 3000 meter run at 11:10.16.
“Faith ran an even split race to get ninth overall,” Meyer said. “We finished out the day with the fifth place DMR.”
The final race of the day for Chattanooga was the Distance Medley Relay. The Mocs ran Ashtyn Hagood (1200), Williamson (400), Davis (800) and Ashlynd Broling Miller (1600).
Ashtyn ran an outstanding 1200,” Meyer said. “McKenzie ran a 61-second 400 meter after a busy day of running the 200 and the 60. Emmy ran the 800 leg on short rest and Ashlynd brought us home with the 1600 meter leg.”
Sunday will conclude the championships with the 800 meter final as well as the Mile, 5-kilometer and 4×400 meter relay.
“We did well today, led by our youth,” Meyer said. “We are looking for more points and to continue the trend of success we had today.”