Vasquez Leads Running Mocs at Boston Moon Invite
Josh Vasquez posted two top times at the Tennessee State Boston Moon Invitational.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Josh Vasquez (Johnson City, Tenn.) claimed the men's 800 meter title and led the men's 4x400 meter relay team to a top time at the Tennessee State Boston Moon Classic Saturday in Nashville.

Vasquez too first in the men's 800 meter run with a time of 1:55.66, just .10 seconds ahead of Morehouse's Karlton Mitchell. Teammate John Gilpin (Nashville, Tenn.) placed eighth in the event with a season-best time of 1:59.45 and freshman Patrick O'Brien (Chattanooga, Tenn.) was 13th in his first 800 of the season with a time of 2:04.36.

The men's 4x400 meter relay team, anchored by Vasquez, picked up first in the event with a time of 3:16.58, just off the school record time by less than two seconds. Freshman Dezerick Frazier (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) led off the event followed by sophomore Blake Olson (Pleasant View, Tenn.) and freshman Drew Harris (Adams, Tenn.) running the third leg of the race.

Frazier took second in the men's 400m dash with a time of 49.45, just .20 seconds off the top place pace set by Tennessee State's Michael Johnson running unattached. Harris ran the event in a time of 52.67 and freshman Drew Austell (Eads, Tenn.) just behind with a time of 55.04.

Newcomer Samantha Pulido took second in the 400 meter Hurdles with a PR time of 1:07.68. Senior Ashley Hall (Memphis, Tenn.) posted a season-best time of 1:10.93 and was third in the race. Freshman Taylor Pannell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) finished second in the women's High jump with a height of 1.52 meters (4'-11.75").

Sophomore Nathan Wanuch (Mississauga, Ontario) placed second in the men's 1500 meter run with a season-best time of 4:02.41. Classmate Mark Cole (McKenzie, Tenn.) finished just behind Wanuch in third place with a time of 4:05.43. O'Brien, running in his second race of the day, placed ninth with a time of 4:19.75.

Olson placed fourth in the men's 400 meter Hurdles with a time of 57.31 and freshman Keeley Stewart (Winchester, Tenn.) placed fourth in the women's 1500 meter run with a time of 5:00.74 with a fourth place finish.

In the women's 400 meter dash, sophomore Gabby Cader (Cleveland, Tenn.) ran a season-best time 59.76. Freshman Ambria Reese (Memphis, Tenn.) clocked her season-best time in the 800 meter at 2:26.23 followed by fellow freshman Jessica Philpott (Manchester, Tenn.) at 2:30.53.

The Mocs have no time to rest as they gear up for the 2012 Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Western Carolina at the Catamount Athletic Complex. The events begin Saturday, April 21 and run through Sunday evening concluding with the awards ceremonies.


400m Dash
7. Gabby Cader 59.76

800m Run
8. Ambria Reese 2:26.23
13. Jessica Philpott 2:30.53

1500m Run
4. Keeley Stewart 5:00.74

400m Hurdles
2. Samantha Pulido 1:07.68
3. Ashley Hall 1:10.93

High Jump
2. Taylor Pannell 1.52m 4-11.75

400m Dash
2. Dezerick Frazier 49.45
14. Drew Harris 52.67
24. Drew Austell 55.04

800m Run
1. Josh Vasquez 1:55.66
8. John Gilpin 1:59.45
13. Patrick O'Brien 2:04.36

1500m Run
2. Nathan Wanuch 4:02.41
3. Mark Cole 4:05.43
9. Patrick O'Brien 4:19.75

400m Hurdles
4. Blake Olson 57.31

Men's 4x100m
Chattanooga "A" 43.97

Men's 4x400m
Chattanooga A 3:16.58

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