JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (GoMocs.com)--- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's Distance Medley Relay team took first on the final day of the ETSU Invitational Saturday at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center while the women placed second.
“I felt like our men's DMR was good enough to win today and they came through,” UTC head coach Bill Gautier said. “That was our marquis event. The women came up a little short and had a good chance in their race.”
Senior John Gilpin led off the men's DMR with the 1200 meter run before passing the baton to junior Geoff Nelson for the 400 meter leg. Junior Marquis Carter took over for the 800 meter leg and Paul Stuart anchored the team for the 1600 meter leg, finishing in a time of 10:19.38, more than 10 seconds ahead of Tennessee Wesleyan's team.
The Mocs' second DMR team placed sixth overall led by junior Trevor Janssen in the first leg. Freshman Drake Watson ran the 400 meter and handed off to junior Austin Casassa for the third leg while junior Patrick O'Brien ran the anchor for a time of 10:46.13.
The women's DMR team, headed by sophomore Maddison Melchionna, placed second with a time of 12:35.29, behind Alabama State. Junior Kiaana Howard ran the second leg with sophomore Hannah Chamblin on the third leg and freshman Emily Drouin running the anchor.
The women's second DMR team of junior Helenka Kis, and sophomores Jasmine Snell, Chandler Rogers and Jessica York placed fifth overall in a time of 12:58.25.
Senior Amanda Cotter placed fourth in the women's 3000 meter run, 15 seconds off the lead pace set by top finisher Sarah Paddon of Davidson. In the women's 800 meter run, junior Makala Diggs won the secod heat and placed fourth overall with a time of 2:24.26.
Senior Rebecca Greenwall placed sixth in the women's Mile Invitational with a time of 5:17.29, just eight seconds out of first place.
Junior Matthew Marshall won his heat in the 800 meter run and took 11th overall with a time of 2:01.70. Freshman Micah Howard placed 25th with a time of 2:06.37 and junior Zack Darby was 33rd with a time of 2:08.33.
In the women's unseeded Mile Run, sophomore Madalyn Garland took first in the third heat, placing 10th overall with a time of 5:40.18.
“I was optimistically pleased with today,” Gautier said. “You're never really sure what will happen with the first meet of the year, but I was very happy with what we did.
“The veterans did a really good job. Amanda ran a great race, Hannah was awesome and Maddison did a really good job. People won their heat and everyone who was supposed to do well did and those we weren't sure about early came through.”
Next up for the Mocs will be the Middle Tennessee Invitational on Feb. 7 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.