Trio of record setters look toward OVC Track Indoor Championships

The Tech track team will compete in the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships in Charleston, Ill today and tomorrow.Three Golden Eagles have had record-breaking seasons so far this year. Seniors Ashley Mayhew and Katherine Lynn along with sophomore Katie Lowery have rewritten the Tech record books.

“I just feel so blessed to have been able to have the career I have had at Tech,” Mayhew said. “I truly believe that God has just helped me throughout this whole experience.”

Mayhew, a psychology major from Athens, Tenn., won the weight throw at the Tennessee State University Invitational two weeks ago with a throw of 50 feet, 11 inches. She holds the school record of 54 feet, 11.25 inches, setting that bar earlier this season, also at TSU.

“I am just so thankful for my supportive family, teammates and coach,” Mayhew said.

Lynn, an accounting major from Cookeville, now owns the school record in the high jump after her leap of 5 feet, 7 inches at the TSU meet. The previous Tech record was 5 feet, 6 inches set back in 2004.

“I was so excited when I set the school record,” Lynn said. “I have lots of family and friends that have been supporting me and have made this opportunity possible.”

Lowery, a nursing major from Andersonville, Tenn., was named OVC Field Athlete of the Week twice this season while setting the school record for pole vault. Her vault of 10 feet at Middle Tennessee State on Feb. 12 broke the previous record of 9 feet, 7.25 inches.

Wrapping up their careers at Tech, Mayhew and Lynn look to perform well at this week’s Championships.

“I hope that it is a great weekend for everyone on the team,” Mayhew said. “We have trained hard all year.”

“I am hoping to win conference in the high jump this weekend,” Lynn said. “I am ranked first in the conference going into this meet, so I know I have a really great chance at claiming the indoor championship title.”

The Championship kicks off at 3 p.m. today and continues through tomorrow afternoon. For a full schedule and more information on the meet, visit www.ttusports.com.