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Mocs' Melchionna's personal best in 800 meter at Tennessee Challenge

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ( University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore Maddison Melchionna (Afton, Tenn.) ran a personal record 2:09.98, placing fifth in the women's 800 meter run Saturday afternoon in the Tennessee Challenge at the Tom Black Track.

“She ran out of her mind,” Chattanooga head coach Bill Gautier said. “She's a racer; one tough competitor.”

She placed second in her heat, outpacing her previous top time by 1.62 seconds and was just one second off the school record set by current assistant coach Anneli Uys Morrison in 2009.

“She went out in third for fourth place,” Gautier said. “When one of the runners went out, she went with her. She was ready to run fast.”

Senior Amanda Cotter (Bristol, Conn.) was caught in a slow heat in the women's 1500 meter. She placed sixth with a time of 4:33.91, more than four seconds off her top time.

“Amanda's heat started out slow,” Gautier said. “She was ready to run fast. I'm proud of her. She's had a strong year and was a good leader for this team.”

Junior Marquis Carter (Memphis, Tenn.) ran the men's 800 meter in a time of 1:54.09 for the final meet of his career at Chattanooga.

“Marquis got stuck in a slow heat too,” Gautier said. “No one wanted to take it out so I told him he had to do it. It's too bad he wasn't in a faster heat.”

The Mocs took home two top 10 finishes in the meet as they close out the 2015 season.

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