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Vols Close Penn Relays Tied for Fifth on All-Time Championship Listing



PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Members of Tennessee's fourth-ranked track team earned runner-up honors in the 4x100M relay and javelin to complete a successful run at the Penn Relays Saturday. The Volunteers leave the Penn Relays with 25 titles all-time in championship sections of events, the fifth-best total of any school in the history of the storied meet. Tennessee has 63 Penn Relay titles since 1949 in all sections of competition.

Tennessee's 4x100M relay team (Sean Lambert, Justin Gatlin, Hassaan Stamps and Russell Frye) stepped up to clock a 39.23 to notch second without the services of anchor Leonard Scott, who was held out for precautionary reasons after feeling tight after the preliminaries on Friday. The Vol time of 39.23 is the second-fastest this season by Tennessee and the eighth-fastest time in the history of the Penn Relays.

"Russell Frye did a nice job on anchor for us in the 4x100M relay," head coach Bill Webb said. "We hope to be at full strength in the 4x100 at SECs and NCAAs. I think Leigh Smith had the second-best throw of his career in the javelin today. We had a little bit of bad luck in the 4x800M relay. Marcus Tanner got tripped up and fell hard. He got right back up and tried to get us back into it. He was running well and I think we would have been right there at the end."

Tennessee's junior co-captain and valuable utility man Hassaan Stamps finished off a busy two days at the Penn Relays with a sixth-place, 51.98 in the 400M hurdles. Stamps ran the third leg of the Vol 4x100 in the prelims and the finals. Additionally, Stamps ran the second leg of Tennessee's meet and track record shuttle hurdle relay on Friday. Toby Colyer, Tennessee's other co-captain, took seventh with a 203-10-mark in the javelin to mark his homecoming to Pennsylvania.

Despite Tanner's tumble to begin the Vol 4x800M relay effort, he, Adrian Wheatley, Damion Drummond and Jebreh Harris picked up the pace to finish eighth in 7:26.68, more than half a second faster than Tennessee's previous season-best and winning time at the Sea Ray Relays.

Tennessee continues its busy weekend on Sunday with the squad splitting for two meets. The competitors in the hammer, shot put, pole vault and discus plus the decathletes will get some training in the javelin, shot put, discus and 110M hurdles at the Florida Field Event Classic on Sunday in Gainesville. Additionally, seven Vols are scheduled to return to campus on Sunday to compete in the Knoxville Invitational, the last home collegiate meet of the season. Field events at Tom Black Track run from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Running events are scheduled from 2 p.m. until 4:25 p.m.

VOL FINISHES

Penn Relays, Philadelphia, Pa.

Saturday, April 28, 2001

400M

hurdles (championship section)

1.

Rickey Harris, Fla.

49.83**

6.

Hassaan Stamps,

Tenn.

51.98

22.

Karl Jennings, Tenn.

53.06

30.

Rocky Danners, Tenn.

53.57

4x100M

relay (finals-championship section)

1.

TCU

38.68**

2.

Tennessee

39.23*

(Lambert, Gatlin,

Stamps, Frye)

4x800M

relay (championship section)

1.

Stanford

7:19.39

8.

Tennessee

7:26.68 SB

(Tanner,

A. Wheatley, Drummond, J. Harris)

Javelin

(championship section)

1.

Christopher Clever,

Harvard

242-1**

2.

Leigh Smith, Tenn.

224-6*

7.

Toby Colyer, Tenn.

203-10

Javelin

(open section)

--

Matt Dressler, Tenn.

NM

w - wind-aided mark

PR - personal record

SB - season best

* - NCAA Outdoor provisional qualifier

** - NCAA Outdoor automatic qualifier.

 
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