Johnson City Press: Hutchins derailed by third-lap spill at Brooks PR Invite
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Hutchins derailed by third-lap spill at Brooks PR Invite

Tanner Cook • Updated Jun 15, 2019 at 10:39 PM

A fall ruined Science Hill freshman Jenna Hutchins’ race on Saturday evening in Seattle at the Brooks PR Invitational in the one-mile run.

A little over halfway into the third lap, Hutchins took a tumble and fell well off the pace of the leaders after having run much of the race in the outside lane. She was running in fourth position at the time after making a push to get off the rail and not get boxed in. She ended up finishing 16th in 4:57.64.

The race was won by Zofia Dudek (Michigan) in 4:41.34.

It was a conservative start after a fall that called the race back in the first 100 meters.

Hutchins opened up in about 72.4 seconds and was running in the middle of a tight pack. The next lap was a bit slower in 74 seconds and she was just off the leaders going through halfway in 2:26, which was well off the meet-record pace of 4:39.42 (Sarah Feeney, 2014).

Trying to make a move to the outside, Hutchins tripped up with another runner and fell far off the lead pack.

Hutchins concludes her freshman campaign having won individual state championships in cross country and the 800 and 1,600 meters on the outdoor track. She also set the Tennessee state record in the one-mile run at the Music City Distance Carnival at the beginning of June, clocking a personal best of 4:43.33.

That time eclipsed Rebecca Story’s two-year-old state record and is one of the best times ever run in the United States for a freshman girl.

The cross country season was also stellar for Hutchins as she qualified for the prestigious Foot Locker Cross Country national championships in December, where she finished in ninth place in 17:47 and earned the title of “All-American” on one of the most difficult courses in the country.

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