Emily Poole wins 5K at Emory In­vi­ta­tional, takes sec­ond in 10K

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY -

The Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga women’s out­door track and field team closed out the re­cent Emory In­vi­ta­tional in fifth out of 24 teams with 56 points at the Emory Univer­sity Track.

Just one day af­ter tak­ing sec­ond in the 10K, Chat­tanooga’s Emily Poole – a for­mer cross coun­try stand­out at Her­itage - won the 5,000 me­ter seeded race with a time of 17:36.33. Abby Bate­man just missed a per­sonal record (PR) in the women’s 800 me­ter run, fin­ish­ing sec­ond at 2:19.07.

“Emily ran a smart race less than 24 hours af­ter get­ting sec­ond in the 10K,” Chat­tanooga head coach Andy Meyer said. “She won the race im­pres­sively and was just a hand­ful of sec­onds off her PR. Abby ran her best strate­gic race of the sea­son.”

The Mocs had eight Top 10 fin­ish­ers Satur­day in­clud­ing all four run­ners in the 5000 me­ter. Sophia Neglia placed sixth for Chat­tanooga with a time of 18:07.67 in her first col­le­giate 5K. Bri­anna Nel­son de­mol­ished her pre­vi­ous top time with a PR of 18:19.78, plac­ing sev­enth. Re­bekah Wich, run­ning her sec­ond long dis­tance race in as many days, was just sec­onds off her PR plac­ing ninth over­all in a time of 18:38.96.

Ni­cole Buerhle was fifth in the 800m just off her PR with a time of 2:20.93 and Han­nah Cald­well, just tenths of a sec­ond off her pre­vi­ous best time, placed sev­enth in the 1500 me­ter with a time of 4:53.14.

The men’s cross coun­try team had a very good show­ing Satur­day, run­ning sev­eral events un­at­tached in their first out­door meet of the year.

All three Mocs in the 1500 meer placed in the Top 10. John Payne fin­ished fourth with a time of 4:03.91 and Mark Britt fin­ished sixth in a time of 4:04.83. Nathan Wat­son ran the dis­tance in a time of 4:07.24, plac­ing eighth over­all. Gavin Hasty cov­ered the men’s 800 me­ter in a time of 1:57.47

An­other for­mer Her­itage High stand­out, Ryan Ge­belein, ran a 15:33.53 in the 5,000 me­ter, win­ning his heat and plac­ing 11th over­all.

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