Tennessee Track & Field / Cross Country Year-by-Year Archive

Cross Country Year-by-Year Archive

2014 Season

Chelsea Blaase

Men's SEC Finish: 7th
Men's Postseason: 10th NCAA South Regional
Women's SEC Finish: 11th
Women's Postseason: 19th NCAA South Regional
Coach: Beth Alford-Sullivan

Senior Austin Whitelaw and junior Chelsea Blaase each concluded strong regular seasons with berths in the 2014 NCAA Championships, marking the first time since 2005 that Tennessee sent both a men's and women's representative to Nationals.

Blaase capped an incredible junior campaign with an All-American finish at the NCAA Championships, coming in 10th place at the national meet to become UT's 10th All-American. Blaase finished inside the top 10 in every race she ran in 2014, including six top three finishes. She earned her second career victory at the Crimson Classic in mid-October. Meanwhile, Whitelaw qualified for the Championships following his second consecutive All-Region performance, finishing seventh at the NCAA South Regional. He also earned All-SEC recognition after coming in 11th at the SEC Championships, helping lead the men's side to its second straight seventh-place finish at the event.

2013 Season

Peter Okwera

Men's SEC Finish: 7th
Men's Postseason: 5th NCAA South Regional
Women's SEC Finish: 8th
Women's Postseason: 9th NCAA South Regional
Coach: J.J. Clark

The Vols ranked among the top ten in the region all year, while the Lady Vols built upon foundations laid in previous seasons with top ten performances in SEC, NCAA South Region.

Peter Okwera represented the Vols at the NCAA Championship after earning All-SEC and South Regional honors for the second consecutive season. Daniel Tobin and Austin Whitelaw also achieved All-South Regional recognition. Chelsea Blaase placed tenth at SEC and NCAA South Regional meets, scored a victory at the Crimson Classic, and top 40 of every race this year. With four of five top runners for next season and ranking high as fifth in the region, the future is very promising for the Lady Vols.

Track & Field Year-by-Year Archive

2014 Season

2013 Track & Field

Men's SEC Indoor/Outdoor: 9th / T-11th
Men's NCAA Indoor/Outdoor: N/A / T-18th NCAA Championships
Women's SEC Indoor/Outdoor 7th / 10th
Women's NCAA: Indoor/Outdoor:N/A / T-59th NCAA Championships
Coach: J.J. Clark

The 2014 outdoor season for Tennessee saw two NCAA bronze medals, two new school records, 28 event victories, 87 athlete personal bests, and 228 top ten finishes. Junior Tavis Bailey established a new record in men's shot put throwing 211 feet 8 inches (64.51 meters) at the Tennessee Challenge. Jake Blankenship returned to action in the latter half of the season, while displaying his will and determination to excel by winning back-to-back meets along with top five finishes in every competition. Cameron Brown also made exceptional improvements throughout the year. Chelsea Blaase blazed through the 10K with a time of 33:13.94 to set a new school record at the Husky Invite. Freshmen stand-out Felecia Majors provided instant impact in multiple areas for the Lady Vols, as Alexis Panisse and Felicia Brown were vital sparks for the team all season long. The Big Orange also had a trio to complete at USATF Championships: Cassie Wertman, Tavis Bailey, and Jake Blankenship. Looking to reestablish the program as a national contender, the foundation has been laid for Tennessee Track & Field.

2013 Season

2013 Track & Field

Men's SEC Indoor/Outdoor: t-8th/t-11th
Men's NCAA Indoor/Outdoor: t-40th/t-77th NCAA Championships
Women's SEC Indoor/Outdoor 8th/9th
Women's NCAA: Indoor/Outdoor:DNS/DNS
Coach: J.J. Clark

The youthful Volunteer Track & Field team showed glimmers of greatness in 2013 and took another step towards restoring the program with a trio of pole vaulters and throwers leading the way. The SEC Indoor runner-up, pole vaulter Jake Blankenship was named SEC Indoor Freshman Field Athlete of the Year and an All-American both indoors and out. Sophomore shot putter Matthew Hoty also carded a runner-up finish at SEC Indoors and went on to post big numbers outside. Fellow vaulter Tyler Porter scored and was named First Team All-American at NCAAs, and the Vol 4x1 notched All-America acclaim for the second straight season.

A very young Lady Vol Track & Field team battled depth issues and struggled in 2013, but not without several noteworthy performances. Indoors, junior pole vaulter Linda Hadfield set the school record in the event with a mark of 13-11 (4.24m), and would go on to earn All-America acclaim. Coming alive outside, freshman sprinter Felicia Brown provided hope moving forward, drawing All-America honors in the 400m. Senior Nijgia Snapp (800m) capped her career by being named an indoor and outdoor All-American.



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