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Happy Birthday - Sept. 6: Robert Ayers, Maddie Gangi, Tom Pappas

On Sept. 6., we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vols defensive lineman and current Denver Bronco Robert Ayers, who registered one sack in Denver's 49-27 victory over the Ravens last night. 

We also celebrate the birthdays of freshman Tennessee soccer player Maddie Gangi and former track & field star and 2003 Jesse Owens Award recipient Tom Pappas.

Happy Birthday - #VFL Willie Gault

On September 5, we wish a very happy 52nd birthday to legendary Vols football and track star Willie Gault. The wideout played in the NFL for 11 seasons, winning Super Bowl XX with the Chicago Bears. The speedster finished his UT career holding 12 school records in football and three in track and field.

Happy Birthday - Sept. 3: Michael Maira, LaDarrell McNeil

On Sept. 3, we celebrate the birthdays of Tennessee pole vaulter Michael Maira and Vols defensive back LaDarrell McNeil.

Michael Maira LaDarrell McNeil

Happy Birthday - Aug. 28: Annie Alexander, Steve Fassino

On August 28, we wish Happy Birthday to former Tennessee track & field athletes Annie Alexander and Steve Fassino. Alexander was a seven-time All-American and eight-time SEC champion thrower for the Lady Vols.

Annie Alexander Steve Fassino
August 23rd marks the birthday of former Vol basketball and Chicago Bulls great Tom Boerwinkle, who passed away on March 26, 2013. The 4th pick in the 1968 NBA Draft, Boerwinkle was an All-American and helped lead UT to the 1967 SEC Championship.

Also celebrating birthdays today is men's swimmer Jimmy Dagley and former Vol track thrower Drew Thomas.


Drew Thomas Jimmy Dagley

Happy Birthday - Aug. 22: Chanelle Price, Jay Vandeventer

On August 22, we celebrate the birthdays of nine-time All-American and former women's track athlete Chanelle Price and 2013 men's golf graduate Jay Vandeventer.

Chanelle Price Jay Vandeventer

Areson Qualifies for World Finals in 5,000

MOSCOW -- Former Lady Vol Jackie Areson recorded the 10th-best time in the preliminaries of the 5,000-meter run Wednesday to qualify for the finals at the IAAF World Championships.

Areson, who competes for Australia, was eighth in her heat in 15 minutes, 40.21 seconds. Meseret Defar of Ethiopia had the fastest time in 15:22.94. 

The finals will be held Saturday.

In other former UT athlete results at the World Championships, Sarah Bowman Brown finished 22nd in the semifinals of the 1,500 on Tuesday, clocking a time of 4:12.16.

Merritt Sixth in 110 Hurdles at World Championships

MOSCOW -- World-record holder and Olympic gold medalist Aries Merritt finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles Monday at the IAAF World Championships. 

Merritt crossed the finish line in 13.31. The USA had a 1-2 finish with David Oliver winning (13.00) and Ryan Wilson taking bronze. 

"Obviously in a hurdle race, if you hit hurdles you don't win," Merritt told USA Track and Field. "Last year was the perfect year. I didn't hit any hurdles, I was flawless. This time I made mistakes and I'm not the champion.  That's pretty much how it boils down. 

"I'm not really disappointed. I'm happy that I could walk away from that race injury-free. Obviously, the semifinal was a huge scare. I had to expend so much energy, because I literally thought someone false started. So I sat in the blocks thinking they were going to shoot the gun twice. I expended way too much energy in the semifinal to run myself into the final.  The guys who got it done here deserve all the credit and the utmost respect."

In 2012, Merritt won the Olympic gold in the 110 hurdles and set the world record later in the year. He was coming off a back injury at the World Championships.
On August 4, we celebrate the birthdays of Vol distance runner Jordan Chaney, former Lady Vol swimmer Courtney Ciesielski and former men's golfer Justin Walker.

Jordan Chaney Courtney Ciesielski Justin Walker
On July 22, we send Happy Birthday wishes to recent Lady Vol track & field alum Nijgia Snapp. Also celebrating birthdays today are former men's tennis star Tennys Sandgren and former Vol hoops player Craig Diegel.

Nijgia Snapp

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