Covenant Closes Out Track Season at Atlantic Independent Championships

Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Covenant track and field teams closed out their inaugural seasons on Thursday in the first-ever Atlantic Independent Championships, hosted by Methodist at Durham County Stadium. The women placed fourth in the event with 57 total points, while the men were fifth with 50 points.

The event featured USA South members Methodist, Meredith and Piedmont, along with future USA South member Pfeiffer. Methodist claimed team titles on both the men's and women's sides in the event.

The women had strong efforts in multiple events.
The 5000 meter race saw Covenant take the top three spots, led by a season-best 21:01.60 from Hannah Samuels. Michelann Settle placed second at 21:05.64, while Caroline Pepper rounded out the top three with her time of 21:38.19. 

The Scots also got a first place finish in the 3000 meter steeplechase as Gracie Holbrook dominated the field with her time of 13:21.70, nearly 33 seconds faster than the next best runner. In the 4x400 relay, Caroline Cone, Hanna Wilt, Hannah Hennigh and Anna Porch combined for the team's best time of the year at 4:23.40 to claim the top spot.

Hennigh also produced career-best times in the 100 meters. She qualified for the finals after running her preliminary in a personal record 13.00. Hennigh would place sixth overall in the finals with a time of 13.08. In the 200, Hennigh finished eighth with a personal-best 27.79. 

Also in the 200, three other Covenant runners set personal bests as Porch finished in 28.69, Cone in 29.18 and Wilt in 29.43. Earlier in the event, Cone set a career-best in the long jump with her mark of 4.66 meters that placed her fourth. Porch also set a personal record in the 400 meters with her seventh place finish and time of 1:03.62. In the 800 meters, Lilly Smith set a personal-best at 2:35.76 and placed fifth in the event. 

Covenant had five runners in the 1500 meter and Smith led the charge there with her season-best time of 5:20.62 to finish fourth. Samuels was not far behind at 5:21.46, a career-best, to finish fifth and Settle ran it in 5:28.43 to come in eighth. 

On the men's side, several athletes also had solid performances. Covenant's highest finishes came in the 10,000 meters as Micah Sneller came in second with his time 35:34.03, while Matthew Tueller placed second in the 3000 meter steeplechase at 10:38.87. Kyle Delk finished second in the high jump at 1.85 meters, a personal record, and came in third in the long jump at 6.09 meters.

The 100 meter dash also proved to be successful as the Scots had two runners qualify for the finals in Ari Zorns and Delk, but all four runners in the preliminaries set personal bests. Zorns had a time of 11.39 in the prelims, while Delk came in at 11.42 as both went to the finals. Delk then set the team's season-best time, and personal record, in the finals with his time of 11.38 while Zorns came in at 11.40. Stefon Bright ran the prelims in 11.62 and Berto Dryden finished in 11.71.

In the 200 meters, William Bryan topped his previous best time by finishing in 22.56 for a fourth place finish overall. Zorns ran the distance for the first time and went in 23.55, while Ryan Seay set a personal-best at 23.64 in the event. In the 400 meters, it was Seay's career-best time of 52.51 that paced the Scots. Bright also set a personal record in the 400 at 54.79.

Wesley Reddecliff led Covenant in the 1500 meters with a fifth place finish and his best time at 4:29.74, while Phil Carrenard was seventh at 4:44.71 and Phil Moore eighth in a time of 4:47.57. In the 800 meters, John Owen led the way with a ninth place finish in 2:11.46.

The 4x100 relay team of Dryden, Delk, Mason Gregoire and Zorns finished .01 seconds off their season-best time as they finished in 44.02 for fourth place. In the 4x400, Tristan Dunlavy, Bryan, John Owen and Ryan Seay set the team's season-best time at 3:31.89 and placed fourth in the event.



Randy Smith: Sports' Winners And Losers For 2017

The new modern term for winners and losers is now, "trending up and trending down". That's fine but I prefer to continue to use "Winners and Losers." After all, old habits are hard to break. Here is a list of some of the real winners and losers in sports for the past year. Winner: New Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer. His handling of the hiring of Jeremy Pruitt ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Soddy Daisy Wins 62-10 Over Ooltewah

Home In Alton Park Damaged By Fire Friday Morning

No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire in Alton Park Friday morning. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm around  8:30 a.m.  and responded to 4020 Highland Ave. with five fire companies. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, one of the residents of the house was concerned this his wife might still be inside. The firefighters ... (click for more)

Cliftina Jones Charged In Death Of Orange Grove Center Client, Whose Body Was Found In Van

A Chattanooga woman has been charged in the death of an Orange Grove Center client whose body was found April 18 at an Orange Grove residence. Cliftina K. Jones, 60, was indicted by a Hamilton County Grand Jury on a charge of criminally negligent homicide. Police said at the time there was no sign of trauma on the body of 60-year-old Carrie Lee Parkey. S taff at ... (click for more)

Technology: The Virtual Drug

The truth is you're probably reading this on a mobile device or your computer. As a matter of fact, I’m typing this down on a MacBook Pro. The point is technology is everywhere. It engulfs like a tsunami engulfs a village, only a few ever escape. In fact, it took me two hours to start this paper because I was so hypnotized by phone, checking my Instagram and seeing what the next ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Lesbian’s Daddy

I’ve always held the belief that things work out for the best. Oh, I’ve been in some tights where I couldn’t see the forest for the trees but, in the up-and-down life I have lived, I’ve found that God doesn’t make mistakes. If I’ll just hold on long enough, no matter how bad the circumstances, something good will happen. It always does. One of the best examples I have seen lately ... (click for more)