UTC Track Third At Gamecock Quad Invitational

Saturday, March 10, 2018
 The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s track and field team opened the Outdoor season Saturday with a third place finish at the Gamecock Quad Invitational hosted by Jacksonville State at the Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Ala.

Seven personal records (PR) were set at the meet including Emily Poole who took first in the 5000 meter run with a time of 17:28.80. Rebekah Wich finished second in the event and topped her previous best time at 18:29.96.

“This was to be a developmental meet as we trained through it,” Chattanooga head coach Andy Meyer said.
“To have everyone place, PR or be just off a PR this early is great.”

In the 1500 meter, all five runners scored for the Mocs with the top three setting PRs. Brianna Nelson placed second in the middle distance race with a time of 4:47.49. Haley Morris was third with a time of 4:48.33 and Hannah Caldwell’s time of 4:53.02, finishing fourth overall.

Abby Bateman took second in the 800 meter run with a PR time of 2:18.26. Nicole Buehrle, also hitting a personal best, finished third with a time of 2:19.44.

“Abby ran the best tactical race of her career,” Meyer said. “Nicole coming off a foot injury was a surprise at third.”

In the field events, Rebekah Hampton took third in the Long Jump (4.87m) and the Triple Jump (10.60m). Hampton was fifth in the 100 meter Hurdles with a time of 16.32.

Rebekah Bryant scored for UTC with a sixth place finish in the Long Jump with a distance of 4.84m. Taylor Grayson was third in the Shot Put, throwing it 10.80m and was threw a 39.72 meters in the Hammer Throw for seventh overall.

“Taylor improved with each hammer throw,” Meyer said. “Rebekah Hampton did great in her first outdoor meet with two third place finishes in the jumps and a fifth in the hurdles.“

Freshman Katie Coker was fifth in the 400 meter Dash with a time of 1:01.07 and the Mocs relay teams placed fourth and fifth to wrap up the event.

“Our A 4x400 did well as everyone had run prior races,” Meyer said. “Coach Michael Gadson continues to develop the field girls and Coach Amanda Cotter has our mid distance runners competing at a high level already. We are only going to get stronger as the season progresses.”

Host Jacksonville State took first in the Red Division with 241 points. Georgia State was second followed by the Mocs in third with 100 points.

Chattanooga will return to the track on March 24 at the Emory Classic in Atlanta, Ga.


Pl.   Athlete                                                         Time/Distance   Score

Hammer Throw

7.    Taylor Grayson                                          39.72m                 2


Long Jump

3.    Rebekah Hampton                                  4.87m                    6

6.    Rebekah Bryant                                        4.84m                    3


Triple Jump

3.    Rebekah Hampton                                  10.60m                 6

--     Rebekah Bryant                                        Foul


Shot Put

3.    Taylor Grayson                                          10.80m                 6


100m Hurdles

5.    Rebekah Hampton                                  16.32                     4


400m Dash

4.    Katie Coker                                                 1:01.07                  5             

--     Brianna Nelson                                         DNS


800m Run

2.    Abby Bateman                                          2:18.26                  8              PR

3.    Nicole Buehrle                                          2:19.44                  6              PR

6.    Ashlynd Broling                                         2:23.51                  3

10.  Sophia Neglila                                            2:34.03                 

--     Haley Morris                                              DNS

--     Taylor Sawyer                                            DNS


1500m Run

2.    Brianna Nelson                                         4:47.49                  8              PR

3.    Haley Morris                                              4:48.33                  6              PR

4.    Hannah Caldwell                                      4:53.02                  5              PR

6.    Sophia Neglia                                             4:56.18                  3

7.    Julia Henderson                                        5:03.63                  2             


5000m Run

1.    Emily Poole                                                 17:28.80               10           PR

2.    Rebekah Wich                                           18:29.96               8              PR


4x400m Relay

4.    Chattanooga A                                          4:16.72                  5

        Coker, Broling, Nelson, Bateman

5.    Chattanooga B                                          4:37.31                  4

        Neglia, Poole, Cadwell, Morris



Team Scores

1. Jacksonville State                                        241

2. Georgia State                                                222

3. Chattanooga                                                 100

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