Tennessee Tech’s track and field team rewrote the school record books this past Saturday at the Tennessee State Invitational at the Gentry Center. Not only did the team have a good showing, two individuals broke school indoor records as they won their events.Katherine Lynn and Ashley Mayhew showed their senior leadership by breaking the records in the high jump and weight throw, respectively. Lynn cleared the 5-foot-7-inch bar, breaking the previous record of 5 feet 6 inches set in 2004. Mayhew had a weight throw of 54 feet 11.25 inches, which bested the previous record of 50 feet 4.75 inches.
“I am ecstatic that I now hold the high jump record,” Lynn said. “I am truly blessed to have such a supportive family, coach and team that have pushed me to become a better jumper and made this accomplishment possible.”
She also discussed her hopes of being even better.
“For my indoor season, my goal is to clear 5’8″ and place first in the high jump at our conference meet. For our outdoor season, I want to clear 5’10”, place first at our conference meet, and hopefully qualify for the NCAA Championship meet.”
Coach Tony Cox said, “Kat has worked hard really hard to improve her technique. She’s jumping higher than she was this time last year, and her hard work is really starting to pay off.”
“Ashley has been working really hard in the weight room and on her technique, Cox added. “I expect her to continue to do well throughout the season.”
Lynn and Mayhew weren’t the only two to excel at this event, as Tech’s team also had 10 others with top-10 finishes.
Mayhew, in addition to her record breaking performance, finished fifth in the shot put. Sophomore Madison Borden finished ninth in the same event and 11th in the weight throw, both personal bests.
Three runners in the 5,000-meter run finished in the top eight, led by freshman Peri Winborne in fifth, sophomore Beth Miller in sixth, and freshman Megan O’Donoghue in eighth.
Katie Lowery, a sophomore, placed third in the pole vault competition and junior Traci Jones finished 10th in the mile run.
Coach Cox also had a few entries in the men’s events. Freshman Matthew Bishop placed first in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15 minutes, 38.58 seconds.
The Golden Eagle track team’s next meet is the University of the South Invitational Saturday at Sewanee.
“We look to do very well,” Cox said. “We go to Sewanee every year, and it is a good meet for us.”
He also added, “We hope to continue our good start for the remainder of the season.