Madison Sellers (C’23) competes in the mile. Photo by Sambhav Bansal (C’23).
By Claire Smith
Track and field had an exciting start for the Easter semester. Sewanee hosted the Tiger Indoor Invitational Saturday, February 1 in Fowler, with some exciting developments to the season. The highlight of the meet was yet another record-breaking time for senior track member, Ash Midyett (C’20). Midyett has broken two school records since the beginning of this semester, this time breaking the previous record held since 2003 for the one-mile event with a winning time of 4:26.20. The previous weekend, Midyett also secured a school record in the 3,000-meter event at the UAB Green and Gold Invitational, and was named Tiger of the Week for the impressive start to his final semester at Sewanee.
Madison Sellers (C’23) finished second in the women’s mile event, finishing in 6:11.04. Letherio Jones (C’21) placed fourth in the 400-meter event with a time of 53.71 seconds. In field news, Ella Cobbs (C’23) cleared 1.45 meters in the high jump, tying her season-best height and finishing third in the event.
Eleven teams competed alongside Sewanee in the Invitational which was one of the largest indoor meets hosted on campus in some time. Track and Field Coach Bill Cooper said that “having twelve teams compete that were from all different divisions gave not only a large number of competitors, but a lot of talented competition and competitive events.” The Sewanee men’s team placed eighth while the women’s team placed seventh overall.
Reflecting on his team’s performance, Coach Cooper said, “For my first season of Track & Field here, I am extremely happy with how the team has been working hard in practice and translating that work into competition. I’m excited to see that continue through the rest of the season and on into the future!” The Tigers are holding their final home indoor meet of the season with the Sewanee Indoor Invitational on February 14.