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McCallie School staff member Rodney Stoker won the recent Seaside School Half Marathon at Seaside, Florida, in 1 hour, 14 minutes, 18.45 seconds — 2 1/2 minutes ahead of the runner-up. The 44-year-old former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga standout and successful Bryan College cross country coach has been a top finisher in numerous area races of varied distances. The Seaside half marathon and 5k included nearly 4,000 runners. Stoker beat 1,486 in the 13.1-mile race. Jared Dobbs of Hixson was 21st overall in 1:32:17.71.

* Covenant College runners S.K. Lipperd and Elysse Carrillo began and ended with a bang, as it turned out, before the USA South sports year came to an abrupt halt. And they have multiple seasons to build on the abbreviated success. After Covenant's first outdoor meet of the year — the Victor Icebreaker Duals last weekend at Berry College — sophomore Lipperd was selected the USAS women's track athlete of the week and freshman Carrillo was the rookie track athlete of the week. Lipperd finished third out of 22 competitors in the 800-meter run, and Carrillo set Lady Scots records with a third-place 1:01.09 400 dash and a 27.59 200. Also at Berry, Michael Rawlings reset his Covenant standards in javelin (46.59 meters, fifth) and shot put (10.40), and Brendan Yeager in the 1500 and Micaiah Allison in the 3000 steeplechase also finished fifth. Dalton State's women competed at Berry, too, and freshman Kathryn Vradenburgh was fourth in the 1500 with the second fastest time in program history (4:57) and second with Mari Morales, Rebecca Poe and Kate Roberts in the 4x400 relay (4:39).

 

Equestrian

* Like the NCAA that governs Sewanee's other sports, the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association has canceled all remaining 2019-20 postseason competition, but two members of the Sewanee equestrian team qualified last Sunday for the Zone 5 Championships that would have been held March 28 in Savannah, Georgia. Riding at their home facility, Sarah Buchholz qualified as the zone's Region 1 champion in limit equitation over fences and as reserve champion (runner-up) in intermediate flat, and Siena London qualified as reserve champion in limit equitation on the flat. Additionally, teammates Gigi Aiken and Liza Shoaf were third and fifth in the regional's high point rider standings, and Sewanee finished second out of nine teams. That followed two days of the regular-season-ending Spring Show at Sewanee that included third- and second-place team finishes for the hosts, an individual win and two seconds for Margaret Whisenhunt and two seconds each also for Buchholz and London.

 

Field Hockey

* The National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Thursday the ZAG/NFHCA National Academic Squad for NCAA Division III, and six Sewanee players were included: seniors Jo Jo Young and Eliza Griffin, sophomores Anne Cleveland, Buckley Norman and Molly Wheeler and freshman Seabrook Brown. All had cumulative grade point averages of 3.3 or higher through the fall semester. Young made the squad for the fourth time, Cleveland and Wheeler each for the second. A week earlier Sewanee received a ZAG/NFHCA National Academic Team Award for the 12th time in 17 years and 10th in a row. That requires a team GPA of 3.0 for the fall semester, and the Tigers' was 3.192.

Compiled by Ron Bush. Contact him at rbush@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6291.

 

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