Past Mocs Claim Chattanooga Chase Crowns
Anneli Uys-Morrison finishing the annual UTC Front Runner Invitational in 2009.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- Former Chattanooga distance runners Andy Highlander (Hixson, Tenn.) and Anneli Morrison (nee. Uys) of Somerset, Australia, each claimed individual titles in the annual Chattanooga Chase 8K Monday morning at Riverview Park.

Highlander was the overall winner, outpacing the 2011 Chase champion Alan Outlaw by 18 seconds with a time of 26:51. The Chattanooga native was a recent winner of both the Lookout Mountain 4-miler and the Strawberry Festival 10K in Dayton.

Morrison, the current assistant track coach at Chattanooga, not only won the women's 8k on Monday, she was also the winner of the mile race. She was the top female finisher with a time of 30:45 despite making a wrong turn and running an extra half mile. She would go on to run the mile race two hours later in a time of 5:34. Morrison also claimed the Cornbread Festival and the Outrun the Police 5K races earlier this year.

Another former UTC runner, Sarah White-Woerner (Chattanooga, Tenn.) also ran the 8k and was the second female runner across the line, just two spots overall behind Morrison with a time of 31:17. She was 10th overall in the women's mile and second to Morrison with a time of 5:57.

Former Chattanooga runner Tim Ensign was third in the mile race with a time of 5:02, eight seconds off the 49-year age group state record. Tim's mother Jane Ensign, however, set the state record for an 84-year-old as she participated in her first competition of any kind. She walked the course with her granddaughters crossing the line in a time of 27:18.

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