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Happy Birthday - Feb. 8

On Feb. 8, we're wishing a happy birthday to Chad Merzbacher of men's golf! A junior from Dublin, Ohio, Chad has recorded five top-10 finishes in in 21 career tournaments for the Volunteers. He competed in all five tournaments during UT's fall season, posting a team-best scoring average of 70.93 with nine rounds of par or better. Chad is 21 years old today. 

A trio of VFLs are also celebrating birthdays today. We start by extending birthday wishes to Track & Field alumnus Chase Brannon! Chase was a two-time USTFCCCA All-American in the pole vault, earning the honor after both the indoor and outdoor seasons of 2012. He completed his eligibility in 2014 and turns 24 years old today. 

Last but not least we wish a very happy birthday to the McKenzie brothers, Raleigh and Reggie! These two football VFLs are twin brothers who starred for the Vols in the early 1980s. Knoxville natives and Austin-East High School graduates, Reggie plyaed in 43 games during his time on Rocky Top, accumulating 174 tackles and four sacks before going on to play in the NFL from 1985-1992. Raleigh played three years for the Vols from 1982-84 as a center before moving on to the NFL and playing for Washington from 1985-94.

Reggie is the currently the general manager of the Oakland Raiders while Raleigh serves as a scout. Reggie's son, Kahlil, became one of the newest members of the Tennessee Football family during National Signing Day on Wednesday. 

Happy birthday Chad, Chase, Raleigh, and Reggie!

Chad Merzbacher   Chase Brannon

Daily Beacon: T&F Weekend Preview



Shane Switzer of the Daily Beacon previews Tennessee Track & Field's competition at the VT Elite Meet this weekend. The meet gets underway on Friday night at 5 p.m. ET with Saturday's session beginning at 11 a.m. In all, 31 UT student-athletes will be in action this weekend, including four who rank inside the top 10 in NCAA Division I in their respective events: Jake Blankenship (pole vault), Cameron Brown (weight), Tavis Bailey (shot put), Cassie Wertman (shot put), and Christian Coleman (60m). The Tennessee men will also be competing as a ranked indoor team for the first time since 2009.

Check out Switzer's preview, published Friday in the Daily Beacon.




Lady Vol Illustrated returns to the airwaves tonight at 7 p.m., on the Lady Vol Network. Lady Vol fans can tune in once a week for Lady Vols Illustrated, a weekly radio show featuring Lady Vol basketball Head Coach Holly Warlick, one women's basketball student-athlete and one other Lady Vol student-athlete or coach. The show is hosted by Voice of the Lady Vols Mickey Dearstone along with Knoxville News Sentinel sports writer Dan Fleser.

 

Tonight's Lady Vols Illustrated features a call in from head coach Holly Warlick and live appearances from junior Bashaara Graves and Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, Beth Alford-Sullivan.


Graves is coming off of her best scoring game with a season-high 22 points vs. #6/7 Notre Dame. The Lady Vols will face LSU Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET for their annual "We Back Pat" game. 

 

The program begins at 7 p.m. ET and fans can listen on 99.1 FM and 990 AM, as well as online at http://www.sportsradiownml.com/.

Happy Birthday - Jan. 12

Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to current track and field thrower Deon McAdoo. He earned a personal best this past week in the men's weight throw. He rounded out the top-three finishers with another personal best mark of 18.58.
Deon McAdoo
We also wish a Happy Birthday to former track and field  Deaundra Dailey and swimmer Jenny Connolly. 
Deaundra DaileyJenny Connolly



Happy Birthday - Dec. 1

Today, we wish Cross Country senior J.R. Creekmore a very Happy Birthday! 
J.R. Creekmore
We also wish VFL baseball pitcher Greg McMichael our best wishes on his Birthday!
Greg McMichael spent eight seasons in the Major Leagues, winning the 1995 World Series with the Atlanta Braves




Happy Birthday - Oct. 27

Join us in wishing Emily Yarnell of women's track and field a Happy Birthday! We would also like to wish former football player Peerless Price a Happy Birthday!
Emily YarnellPeerless Price





Joe Sullivan of Metro Pulse penned this feature story on the arrival of new director of track and field/cross country Beth Alford-Sullivan, her impact on the program, and the plans for renovation of Tom Black Track.

Coach Sullivan's hire was announced on June 24 of this past summer and she arrives on Rocky Top after 15 years at Penn State -- eight of which were spent as the head of the dual men's and women's programs. She produced nine Big Ten championships in her tenure at Penn State. She produced 158 All-Americans and four individual NCAA champions. 


Happy Birthday - July 18: Minnock, Moberg and Ruff

A trio of birthdays to celebrate today on July 18, senior rower McDarragh Minnock, junior baseball player Jeff Moberg and recent track and field graduate Kianna Ruff


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Happy Birthday - July 16: Jamol James and VFL J.R. Carr

On July 16 we send Happy Birthday wishes to senior sprinter Jamol James and recent graduate and long snapper J.R. Carr


Jamol James JR Carr

Happy Birthday - June 30: Boyer, Dibblin, Foreman

On June 30 three student-athletes celebrate their birthday, pole vaulter Kathryn Boyer, swimmer Ross Dibblin and sophomore defensive back Malik Foreman


KathrynBoyer RossDibblin MalikForeman

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