Broken records music to track ears

Story by John Morris, Staff writer

Racer track and field are putting their best feet forward in the OVC Tournament after another weekend with multiple broken records at Arkansas State.

According to, the Racers’ finished the meet with three first place finishes, a broken school record, five student-athletes being named to the All Time Bests Outdoor list at Murray State and 22 personal records.

With one meet left before conference this is a great sign for the Racers’ confidence said Head Coach Jenny Severns.

“Arkansas was a great meet not only for me but for a lot of my fellow teammates; it was a little windy but we all dealt with it,” said senior thrower, Tonia Pratt.

Big time performances come from Pratt and senior jumper Ashley Conway. Other records are as follows:

  • Pratt set a new school record in the discus with her 49.27-meter throw. She also tied her personal record and the school record, which she set in 2012.
  • Conway finished first in the long jump with her distance of 6.13 meters. The jump was her personal record and also ranks third in Murray State’s history and also cleared 1.55m in the high jump.
  • Freshman Taylor Horton set a personal record in the high jump, after setting a personal record last weekend in the event. She cleared 1.50 meters.
  • Three Racers set personal records in the 100-meter hurdles, including freshman Taylor McCammon who also now ranks No. 10 on the Murray State All-Time list. She finished the event in 14.75 seconds.
  • Senior Sydney Potts started off the day with a first place finish in the javelin. She set a personal record when she threw 42.22 meters, which stands as the third best distance in Murray State’s history.
  • Senior Brittany Bohn placed first in the 1500-meter invite with a personal record time of 4 minutes, 32.26 seconds. She was joined by Vallery Korir who set a personal record that ranks ninth best in Murray State with a time of 4:41.28.

The Racers have one meet  left in Lexington, Ky., at the Kentucky Relays before they go into the OVC Outdoor Championship Tournament May 15-16 at Austin Peay State.

“That’s as close to home as we get without being home,” Severns said.

Severns said she believes the team is in a better place this year heading into conference.

“What motivates me for OVC is myself,” said Pratt. “I want to go into the meet and do best because this is my last OVC meet and I want to leave with a bang and also try to get on the podium for all three events which didn’t happen in indoor so that would be my new goal.”

Severns is also confident because there are multiple people with chances to win in their respective events, she said.

“I think that’s good; I don’t know we ever could say that it was realistic to have as many event champions, maybe not since a couple years,” Severns said.

The Racers travel to the University of Kentucky on Saturday for their final meet.

“It’s just one more meet to get all the kinks out before conference,” Pratt said.