Serem and Mason set 10,000 meter records at Sea-Rays Relays

Four Middle Tennessee records broken in Knoxville

April 9, 2010 · Christian Lemon

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The men's and women's Middle Tennessee 10,000 meters records were both broken Friday, as the Blue Raider track and field teams competed at the 2010 Sea-Rays Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. There were four school records broken at the meet.

2010 Sea-Rays Relays Results

Chris Mason and Jackie Serem topped school standards in the 10,000 meters. Mason's time of 30:31.85 breaks teammate William Songock's record of 30:43.11 from last year's Sun Belt Outdoor Championships in Murfreesboro. Serem's clocked time of 37:16.12 smashes Lea White's 1992 women's record of 37:38.5. Both Mason and Serem were named to the 2009 All-Sun Belt Cross Country teams from last October's cross country championships in Monroe, La.

"The 10,000 meters is not an event we compete in often," said head coach Dean Hayes. "They should be proud of what they both accomplished today."

Both Mason and Serem have times that would currently qualify them for the 10,000 meters at the 2010 NCAA East Regional. All this week's results will be posted by Sunday evening, which will determine if each individual will hold the top-48 position to qualify.

Zamzam Sangau broke her own school record in the 800 meters in a winning time of 2:06.50. Her previous record of 2:07.38 was set last season at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Invitational.

Brittany Cox broke her school hammer throw record with a toss of 179-6 (54.71m) which added almost a foot to her lifetime best 178-10 (54.54m) recorded earlier this season. The Antioch, Tenn., native placed fourth in the event.

Cherice Robertson improved her lifetime best in the 100 meter hurdles to 13.73. She entered the meet with a PR of 13.77, achieved last weekend in Auburn. Robertson also placed fourth in the high jump, leaping 5-7 (1.7m).

Other women's highlights include Marla Bailey in the 3,000 meter finishing third in 10:03.80 and Kiara Henry's seventh place finish in the 100 meter dash.

For the men, Roscoe Payne took first in the 110 meter high hurdles in a top-10 East Regional time of 14.14, and placed second in the 400 meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 51.34. He is fifth regionally in the 400 hurdles.

Festus Chemaoi took first place in the 1,500 meters in 3:48.71.

Stanley Gbagbeke ran his fastest time as a Blue Raider in the 100 meter dash clocking a 10.57, good for fourth place.

"We had some strong performances against good competition. Four school records were broken and more importantly, the teams are both improving overall."

The Sea-Rays Relays will conclude tomorrow with a full-slate of relay events. Other members of the team will compete at the Boston-Moon Invitational in Nashville, Tenn. Full results and coverage will be available on GoBlueRaiders.com.

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