Blake wins 60 hurdles in masters nationals

Blake wins 60 hurdles in masters nationals

March 16th, 2014 by Staff Reports in Sportlocal

Erlanger hospital physician Melanie Blake won the women's 35s 60-meter hurdles and finished third in the 60 dash in the USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday in Boston, and Chattanooga Track Club Racing teammates Donnelle Dunning and Hugh Enicks added three top-eight finishes. Dunning, the sprint coach for Enicks' Red Bank High School track team, was second in the men's 35s 60 at 6.93 seconds, and Enicks was fourth in the men's 50s 3000 at 10:07 and eighth in the mile at 5:13. Blake's winning time was 10.45; her third-place sprint was 8.89.

• Jacob Bradley was the overall winner and Jessica Marlier was third overall as the fastest woman in the First Volunteer 5k road race Saturday morning in Ringgold. Bradley covered the distance in 17 minutes, 6 seconds, and masters winner Ryan Shrum was next in 17:48 with Marlier, Jonathan Davis and Jason Webb finishing in 18:04, 18:37 and 18:56. Jeanette Wilson was seventh as the female runner-up in 19:52.


• University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Jordan Britt shot an ever-par 72 in her final round Saturday and tied for fourth individually at 223 in the 3M Jaguar Intercollegiate tournament at Forest Hills in Augusta, Ga., but the Mocs were 11th out of 14 teams at 936. Vanderbilt won by 10 shots at 896. UTC's Emily McLennan tied for 30th at 233 with a final-round 73, and Isabella Loza and Agathe Sauzon shot 240 and 241. Sarah Dolmovich, playing as an individual, matched Loza's tie for 49th.


• Lee University lost for the first time in 17 games Saturday night in Jackson, Tenn., 68-65 to host Union University in the National Christian College Athletic Association Mid-East Region women's basketball final. Lee (23-5), ranked No. 1 in NCCAA Division I, will go to this week's national tournament in Winona Lake, Ind., along with fellow Gulf South Conference member Union (22-6). Lee had defeated Tennessee Temple 82-47 in Friday's late semifinal. Hollie German scored 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field, including 5-of-6 on 3-point shots, and Jenna Adams had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Lady Flames. Karley Miller added 11 points, and Madison Lee had five assists and eight rebounds. Angel Foster and TaQuasha O'Neal scored 14 and 12 points for Temple (16-15). Saturday, German scored 16 points and Rachel Lockhart and Miller had 13 each for Lee, Lockhart with 4-of-6 success on 3s and five assists. Amy Philamlee had 22 points and five assists for Union.

• Lee's Cory Billingsley and Tennessee Temple's Elliot Johnson made the NCCAA Mid-East all-region first team, and Lee's Tyquan Roberts and Temple's Jarrett Smith were second-team choices. Temple's Jeff Haarlow was co-coach of the year. Billingsley averaged 17.6 points per game.

• Dickie McCarthy is stepping aside as women's basketball coach at Sewanee after 11 seasons to become the school's athletic facilities and business manager as of July 1, taking over for retiring Bill Barry. McCarthy is Sewanee's all-time leader in women's basketball wins with 97 and had 19 of those in 2005, when he was the conference coach of the year. "Dickie will bring outstanding skills to the athletic departmen's internal operation," athletic director Mark Webb said in a website posting. He is highly professional and organized, and I'm delighted he accepted this new role in the department." McCarthy, who graduated from Georgia, played basketball for two years at Sewanee and was on the 1974-75 team that went 20-7 and played in the first Division III national tournament. "I am honored and humbled," he said, "to follow in the footsteps of Sewanee icon Bill Barry, who devoted a lifetime of service to the athletic department."

• Times Free Press columnist Mark Wiedmer will be the guest speaker for the Chattanooga Quarterback Club's noon luncheon meeting Monday at Finley Stadium, and the public is invited. He will be discussing the NCAA basketball tournament. Attendance costs $10 with a meal, $4 without.


• Chris Nowinski, co-founder of the Sports Legacy Institute and an adviser to the NFL Players Association's committee on traumatic brain injuries, will be the main speaker at the Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association's annual fundraiser on March 27 at The Mill in Chattanooga. The event runs 6-8 p.m., and tickets cost $60 or $480 for a table of eight. Anyone interested should see or call Lisa Morgan at 634-1572. Nowinski was an All-Ivy League defensive tackle for Harvard and then pursued professional wrestling, and he wrote the book "Head Games: Football's Concussion Crisis" that includes the story of his career-ending injury.