LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Tennessee Martin athletics program put up several impressive performances in their second meet of the season, but none were as notable as the men’s DMR teams that broke the record for the previous venue at the Bellarmine Open on Friday at Norton Healthcare Sports. & Learning Center in Louisville, Ky.
The Skyhawks not only dominated the men’s medley with their A and B teams finishing first and second respectively, but both teams each smashed the previous event record of 11:44.89 by over a full minute. The UT Martin A team composed of Luke McNair, Andrew Brown, Victor Kemboi and Will Cahill demolished the previous site record of almost a minute and a half with a time of 10:17.17 to claim the event title. Coming in second place, the B team of the Skyhawks of Cole Davis, Hawken Foote, Jack Blyth and George Payne recorded a time of 10:43.6 – also beating the previous mark.
With the team relay title and an individual long jump title Darius Holland, UT Martin has seen several athletes set new personal bests at the Bellarmine Open. With both event titles, Skyhawk’s men finished seventh with 49 points while the women came in ninth with 21.
The day began with the sprint teams under bright lights as the new Ohio Valley Conference week freshman Jayle Ana Wyatt and second Janay Chapman competed in the 60m sprint. After biting Wyatt’s heels last weekend in Game 1, Chapman showed his speed by posting the Skyhawks’ best time of 7.90 seconds for a PR to finish sixth. Close behind, Wyatt finished eighth with a time of 7.92 seconds.
After a brief hiatus, Wyatt was back on the track in the 200m – an event she won at the Redhawks Invite. Competing with an increased talent pool, the rookie still impressed with a seventh place finish at 26.59 seconds and a new PR.
Second year John Collin crooked narrowly missed the team’s first individual title of the day in the men’s 400m. After setting a PR in the 55m last weekend, he continued that trend in the 400m with a personal best 50.25 seconds to finish in second place.
The following event saw a freshman Rita Emmer shows a good performance during its debut on the track. In an event that saw five top-class men finish in the top 10, Eimer earned a seventh-place finish with a time of 2:26.85 to start a promising season.
With a distance increase on the schedule, McNair and Cahill rose to the occasion in their first meeting of the season. After strong cross-country seasons in the fall, McNair continued his pace to a fourth-place finish with a time of 4:13.9 – narrowly missing the program record by less than four tenths of a second – all by claiming a new PR. Meanwhile, Cahill also posted a top-10 finish with a time of 4:19.88 for a new college record.
First-year student Annie Amundsen had a strong performance in her first varsity track meet as she competed in the women’s 3k. Amundsen raced with the leading pack throughout the race before eventually finishing in fourth place with a time of 10:28.41.
The team’s second title came from Holland, a sophomore long jumper, who continues to impress throughout his young Skyhawk career. The Ripley, Tenn. native had his best jumps of the season with three different efforts good enough for first place in the competition, including the ultimate winner of 7.14 meters on his third attempt.
UT Martin will take a week off before returning to the same location on Friday February 4 to compete in the PNC Bank Bellarmine Classic in Louisville, Ky.