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Tennessee Update: T&F/XC Blog (6/7)


The Vols are back in action today at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. To open the event on Wednesday, redshirt sophomore pole vaulter Tyler Porter recorded a lifetime best en route to a seventh-place finish. Just three years ago, Porter suffered a broken back during a competition before coming to Rocky Top. Check out this story on his journey to All-America status from his hometown newspaper.




After earning the honor for the second straight year during the indoor season, incoming Lady Vol Felecia Majors has been named the 2013 Spring All-Met Girls' Track & Field Athlete of the Year. The do-it-all South County Stallion capped her career with a Virginia AAA State Title, winning the 400-meter state title (53.65) and six individual titles at the Northern Region Championship (100, 200, 400, long jump, triple jump, pole vault). Fellow Lady Vol signee Brielyn Rogers of McNamara High School was named All-Met Honorable Mention.

Happy Birthday - June 4: Lizzie Cornell, Steve Searcy

On June 4, we celebrate birthdays for women's track/cross country redshirt freshman Lizzie Cornell and former Vols pitcher and major leaguer Steve Searcy, who is also a Knoxville native.

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Happy Birthday - May 31: Drae Bowles, Laquoya Kelly

On the last day in May we wish Happy Birthday to redshirt freshman wide receiver Drae Bowles and former Lady Vol thrower Laquoya Kelly.

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Happy Birthday - May 30: A. Frasier, T. McBride, D. Tobin

Happy Birthday on May 30 to All-American Lady Vol swimmer Alexandria Frasier, VFL and current defensive end for the Chicago Bears Turk McBride and junior Vol distance runner Daniel Tobin.

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Happy Birthday - May 26: J. Nelvis, T. Patrick

On May 26, we wish a very Happy Birthday to junior sprinter Jarael Nelvis of the Vol track & field team, and redshirt senior Taylor Patrick of the men's tennis squad.

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Happy Birthday - May 21: J.Majors, V.Baugh, J.Dickie

On May 21, we send Happy Birthday wishes to the legendary Johnny Majors, who starred on the football field as a player and coach. Check out a Photo Gallery.

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Also celebrating on May 21 are recent women's basketball graduate Vicki Baugh and men's track performer Jeremy Dickie.

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Happy Birthday - May 11: Derlath, Fuson, Thulin

Happy Birthday on May 11 to junior runner Stephen Derlath and sophomore swimmer Jacob Thulin

Stephen Derlath  Jacob Thulin

Also from the archives, May 11 was the day that former football player Clyde Fuson was born in 1923. "Ig"  is one of seven Vols to have their number (No. 62) retired in football. He was one of four Vols to not return home from World War II and was memorialized along with Bill Nowling, Rudy Klarer and Willis Tucker. Fuson, a native of Middlesboro, Ky., and fullback on the 1942 team, who shared playing time with Nowling. Ig had a younger brother, Herschel (Ug) Fuson, who was a freshman on the 1942 team and transferred to West Point where he graduated.

Happy Birthday - May 10: Carney, Pemberton, Tucker

On May 10, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vols track & field performer Kevin Carney, who is currently working in the Thornton Center. 


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Also on May 10, two Tennessee legends were born. 

Willis Tucker, who is one of seven Vols to have their number (No. 61) retired in football was born on May 10, 1918. Tucker was a graduate of Knoxville High School, who earned a Vol football letter in 1940 and was a sprint star on the Vol track team. He was one of four Vols to not return home from World War II and was memorialized along with Bill Nowling, Rudy Klarer and Clyde Fuson. 

With the track & field program, Darius Pemberton was also born on May 10 in 1975. Pemberton was an SEC Indoor Champion in the long jump in 1995 with a jump of 26-5 1/2 as well as the 55-Meter hurdles with a time of 7.25 in 1995. 

Happy Birthday - April 28: Track's Quinn, Rainey

On April 28, we send Happy Birthday wishes to track & field team members Kyle Quinn and Jake Rainey.

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Tennessee Update: T&F/XC Blog (4/25)


The No. 20 Vols and Lady Vols will be looking to continue their success at the country's most prestigious meet this week, the 119th edition of the Penn Relays. Joining the Big Orange at Franklin Field will be a slew of former standouts, including Justin Gatlin, DeeDee Trotter, Tianna Madison, Phoebe Wright and Chanelle Price, representing Team USA. Price, a native of Easton, Pa., recently discussed her current training on Rocky Top with her hometown newspaper. Also joining the Lady Vols in Philadelphia will be incoming commit and Washington Post All-Met Winter Track Athlete of the Year Felecia Majors. The multi-event talent talked about her ongoing journey to Rocky Top.

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