School record and Music City Challenge freshman record

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Athletics wrapped up an electric weekend Saturday at the Music City Challenge and Tyson Invites as Latvia Maines and Kayla Gholar engraved their names on the Tennessee record books.

In the women’s shot put, Maines threw a distance of 18.00m (59-0.75) to break her indoor school record. The Centralia, Ill., native made the mark on her sixth and final throw of the day, surpassing her previous school record of 17.81m (58-5.25) set in 2021.

Maines finished second overall in the event, but was the top collegiate finisher. His brand currently leads the Southeastern Conference with two weeks remaining until the SEC Indoor Championships.

“We talk a lot about sporting maturity and that’s what I saw in Latavia today,” the Athletics/Cross Country Director said. Beth Alford Sullivan noted. “She’s built on every throw and every throw has gotten a little better and she’s responded to the competition. She’s been on those trails for the past few years and knows how to time when she hits her peak and that’s the next two competitions. I’m excited to see Latavia break her school record, but we know she has her sights set on the next SEC and NCAA meeting.”

For the second day in a row, Tennessee saw a freshman record drop as Kayla Gholar went 9:34.61 in the women’s 3,000 meters. The Richmond Hill, Georgia native broke the rookie record previously held by Brittany Sheffey at 9:38.76 set in 2008.

Gholar joins Foster Ashe and Rachel Sutliff as the three Tennessee freshmen rewrite the record books this weekend. On Friday, Ashe broke the Vols 60m freshman record with a time of 6.52, while Sutliff broke the Lady Vol 5000m rookie record at 16:45.44.

“All three have done a terrific job this season,” Alford-Sullivan said. “We offered them these carrots at the start of the year and they have kept their eyes on it and have worked to make it happen. All of our staff are so proud of them and we are excited to see what else is in store for them. go forward.”

In addition to Gholar breaking the freshman 3000m record, Katie Thronson and Olivia Janke each posted the event’s top 10 times. Thronson placed first overall at 9:15.91 in the women’s 3,000, which ranks her seventh all-time on Lady Vol’s top 10 indoor list.

Janke followed in 9:20.67, a mark that puts her ninth in the Lady Vols top 10 in the 3,000m indoors.


The shot put was good for Tennessee on Saturday as West Jordan took first place in the men’s event of the Music City Challenge. The senior achieved the best mark of the season with a distance of 19.61 m (64-4). His brand currently ranks third in the SEC.


Nine of Tennessee’s middle-distance student-athletes set personal bests Saturday in the 800-meter race between the Music City Challenge and the Tyson Invite.

Alex Kay led the way with a 1:49.02 in the men’s 800 meters, a time that is the seventh fastest in Tennessee indoor history. He was closely followed by Joe Hoots at 1:49.50. Also, in the men’s 800m, Will Mazur finished in 1:51.40, while justin swan clocked 1:52.22. Preston Ruth completed the Vols personal bests in the 800m with a time of 1:55.55.

For women, Allison Rand and Brooke Dixon led the charge with times of 2:06.80 and 2:10.66, respectively. Emily Knight finished her 800m race in 2:13.10 and was followed by Maya Stewart in 2:13.71.


After winning the 4×400-meter relay at the 2021 SEC Indoor Championships, the Vols are poised to make another title run in 2022. With a team consisting of Jakwan Hale, Christopher Bailey, Alex Kay and Emmanuel BynumUT posted a time of 3:04.65 at the Tyson Invite.

That time is the second-fastest in Tennessee indoor history, second only to the 2021 team that won the SEC title.

UT’s time in the 4×4 currently ranks fourth in the SEC and sixth in the NCAA.

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Conner Hawkins – Men’s 3000m – 8:20.56

Emily Knight – Women’s 800m – 2:13.10

Maya Stewart – Women’s 800m – 2:13.71

Will Mazur – Men’s 800m – 1:51.40

Preston Ruth – Men’s 800m – 1:55.55

Skylar Coffey – Men’s shot put – 18.08m (59-4)

Chance Crawford – Men’s shot put – 15.99m (52-5.5)

Alex Kay – Men’s 800m – 1:49.02 – 7th in school history

Joe Hoots – Men’s 800m – 1:49.50

justin swan – Men’s 800m – 1:52.22

Ethan Robinson – 60 mH men – 7.96

Garrison breeding – Men’s Triple Jump – 15.94m (52-3.75) – 7th in school history

Latvia Maines – Women’s shot put – 18.00m (59-0.75) – School record

Allison Rand – Women’s 800m – 2:06.80

Brooke Dixon – Women’s 800m – 2:10.66

Yariel Soto – Men’s Pole Vault – 4.80m (15-9)

Katie Thronson – Women’s 3000m – 9:15.91 – 7th in school history

Olivia Janke – Women’s 3000m – 9:20.67 – 9th in school history

Kayla Gholar – Women’s 3000m – 9:34.61 – Tennessee freshman record

Zoe Vlk – Women’s shot put – 14.07m (46-2)


“It’s a main weekend for a big competition,” Alford-Sullivan said. “You’ve got a lot of big meets across the country including the Tyson Invite and the Music City Challenge. We’re turning the schedule this weekend and we want to fire on all cylinders when we get here and we’ve really, really We’ve hit here in Nashville and Arkansas. We’re going to take that momentum and drive it all the way to Texas A&M in two weeks, knowing we have two really good teams.


Tennessee heads into the final weekend before the SEC Championships with competition at the JDL DMR Invitational and a final trip to Blacksburg, Va. for the Virginia Tech Challenge.

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