The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga edged out Emory for title the Clark Atlanta University Panther Invitational. The Mocs scored 137 points with four top place finishes Sunday and 18 in the Top Five.
“We had several outstanding placings today,” Mocs head coach Andy Meyer said. “This was a very good way to start the year and gain some confidence for the rest of the outdoor season.”
Senior Nicole Buehrle ran a personal best in the 800 meter, claiming the title with a time of 2:15.57. She followed that with a first place finish in the 1500 meter at 4:45.73. Emmy Davis also posted a PR in the 800 meter with a time of 2:18.97.
“Our middle distance girls killed it in the 800 and 1500 with several PRs,” Meyer said. “Emmy Davis mad a huge improvement in the 800 with a very hard race and having Nicole back was huge for our team as she ran two great races.”
Many of Chattanooga’s runners were making their debut in the outdoor season at the meet today due to the COVID-19 pandemic shut down of the season last spring.
One of those was McKenzie Williamson who took first in the 200 meter dash. She also placed secondin the 100 meter and Sage Davis was fourth with a personal best.
Another jumping outdoors for the first time was Mikah Charley who claimed the triple jump title, besting her PR from the indoor season with a distance of 10.68 meters. Kimbra Dunning was fourth in the triple jump and second in the long jump, just missing her personal best.
“Kim and Mikah had great jumps to start the day,” Meyer said.
Mikah Charley placed third in the 400 meter hurdles, a longer distance that what she competed in the indoor season.
Without the 5K or 10K races today, the Mocs distance runners all competed in the 3000 meter run. Lesley Green ran a PR in the race placing second with a time of 10:19.17. Freshman Emma Russum was third at 10:29.88. Makenzie Jones was fifth in the race and Sophia Neglia placed seventh for the Mocs, all scoring.
“Lesley and Emma did wonderful placing 2-3,” Meyer said. “They both ran ahead of their projected placings.”
Chattanooga concluded the meet with the 4×400 meter relay and entered three teams. Team A with Buehrle, Davis, Broling Miller and Hagood took fifth overall with a time of 4:21.86.
“We ran three tea to get the ladies a bit more of a workout,” Meyer said. “Several did very well and ran close to the best ever times this early in the season.
“Several of the ladies saw they have much more fitness than they think they do which is great!”
With no meets currently on the schedule, some may be added. Due to the pandemic, not as many teams are being entered and some states restrict entrants to just that state.