Busy Day for TRC at the Dogwood Classic 5k and Cole Piper Open

Maryville College- Maryville, TN- April 27, 2024

Written by Gracie Dugan

On April 27th, the Tennessee Running Club raced in the Cole Piper Open at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. 

TRC had a busy day on Saturday. Before their race at Maryville College, several of TRC athletes woke up bright and early to volunteer at the Dogwood Classic 5k, which was hosted by Knoxville Track Club. Then they traveled to Maryville College, warmed up, and stepped out on the track, ready to compete. 

“It was a busy day, but we love helping out KTC! And races are always tiring but so much fun,” said Maddy McColl.

The first event of the day was the women’s 1500m. Lyndsey Aho PR’ed with 5:19.91 and placed 4th overall. Annabelle Fausey ran with 5:34.39 and placed 6th. 

Immediately after was the men’s 1500m, and the event was full of PR’s. Ransom Lester placed 2nd overall and PR’ed with 4:05.60. Cameron Overton PR’ed with 4:11.12 and placed 5th. Keith Wiley placed 14th and ran 4:19.44. Jules Huffaker ran 5:25.96 and placed 24th.

The next event was the men’s 400m. The sole TRC athlete to race the event, Jules Huffaker ran 1:04.74 and placed 13th overall. 

In the next event, the women’s 800m, athletes crossed the finish line one after the other. First to finish was Neela Baker, who placed 7th with 2:39.18. Lyndsey Aho placed 8th with 2:39.70. Annabelle Fausey placed 9th with 2:41.29.

The men’s 800m was immediately after. Paced by Jacob Ryglieski, Ethan Wever ran with a time of 1:57.77 and placed 3rd. Thomas Schmiedicke PR’ed with 1:59.60 and placed 5th. In 7th place, Daniel Leoni PR’ed with 2:02.27. Cam Overton finished immediately after Leoni and PR’ed with 2:03.70 in 8th place. Neck and neck with Overton, Blake Deterding placed 9th with a time of 2:03.74. 

Capping off his day with a third event, Jules Huffaker ran in the men’s 200m. Huffaker placed 9th overall with a time of 28.60.

TRC athletes secured top placements in the women’s 5000m. Mikayla Morrell placed first overall with a time of 20:20.24. Maddy McColl was right behind Morrell and ran 20:35.93, placing 2nd. Anna Bagley ran 22:22.45 and placed 5th.

Finishing the long day, the men’s 5000m was the last event for TRC athletes. Andrew Brown placed 1st with 16:38.24. Sean Kampas placed 2nd and PR’ed with 16:52.20. Ty Young placed 6th with 19:55.08. Tyler Musante PR’ed with 20:29.05 and came in 7th place. 

More information about the meet can be found at

The next meet for TRC is Lee University’s Last Chance, where the qualifying times are extremely strict. The meet will be on May 11th at Lee University in Cleveland, TN.

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