Jan. 11, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Tennessee track and field team recorded 17 top-eight finishes Saturday to finish the Blazer Indoor Invitational and wrap up the first weekend of the season.
Cassie Wertman headlined Tennessee performance on the second day of the event, winning the shot put in a meet record distance of 16.43 meters. It was the fourth individual win for UT on opening weekend, two for the men and two for the women.
Wertman and the rest of the UT throwing unit put together a sharp start to the indoor season. In a late-night result Friday night, Cameron Brown won the men's weight throw (19.27 meters) and Tavis Bailey came in third (18.92m), both scoring marks surpassing the meet record. Bailey's mark was also a new personal best in the event. Deon McAdoo joined in the effort placing 12th with a distance of 15.72m.
Bailey also placed second in the shot put with 16.41m.
Tennessee put together some strong results on the track as well. Two races Saturday featured three Tennessee runners finishing in the top eight: the women's 200m run and the 3000m run.
In the 3000m, Chelsea Blaase led the way for UT with a third-place finish in 9:45.75, picking up where she left off from her All-SEC and all-region cross country season. Fellow freshman Alexis Panisse was fourth (9:57.74) and Emily Williams was seventh (10:09.41).
Three Lady Vols also made the top 25 in the mile run on Saturday. Amirah Johnson was seventh in 5:10.16, followed by Caroline Duer with a personal best of 5:20.29 for 16th, and Patavia Lowery finished 23rd with a time of 5:26.68.
On the men's side, there were three top ten performances on the track. Austin Whitelaw clocked in fifth during the men's mile with a time of 4:12.60, seven-hundredths of a second off his career best.
In Section A of the 60m dash, Jamol James earned seventh place in 6.93 seconds. He was followed closely thereafter by teammate Jarael Nelvis in eighth with a time of 6.95 seconds.Jame was also eighth in the long jump (7.16m).
Tennessee returns to action with another two-day meet next weekend at the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.
LADY VOL RESULTS AT THE BLAZER INVITATIONAL
60mH: 13. Kasha McDougald, (8.98 - Section A)
200m: 3. Felicia Brown, 24.35; 4. Felecia Majors, 24.38; 5. Emily Yarnell, 24.67!; 25. Kasha McDouglad, 25.55; 44. Julia Petree, 26.15
400m: 19. Brittney Jackson, 58.73; 27. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 59.58
Mile: 7. Amirah Johnson, 5:10.16; 16. Caroline Duer, 5:20.29!; 23. Patavia Lowery, 5:26.68
3000m: 3. Chelsea Blaase, 9:45.75; 4. Alexis Panisse, 9:57.74; 7. Emily Williams, 10:09.41
4x400m Relay: 5. Tennessee, 3:49.34
Long Jump: 26. Kasha McDougald, 5.38m; 30. Brielyn Rogers, 5.30m; 33. Allison Outerbridge, 5.21m
Shot Put: 1. Cassie Wertman, 16.43m; 10. Aslynn Halvorson, 13.56m; 41. ReJean Rouse, 11.33m
60m: 7. Jamol James, (6.93 - Section A); 8. Jarael Nelvis, (6.95 - Section A)
Mile: 5. Austin Whitelaw, 4:12.60
200m:25. Reginald Juin, 22.66
4x400m Relay:9. Tennessee, 3:17.39
Shot Put: 2. Tavis Bailey, 16.41m
Long Jump: 8. Jamol James, 7.16m
Pole Vault: 2. Jake Blankenship, 5.40m; 5. Chase Brannon, 5.20; 8. Tyler Porter, 5.10; 10. Michael Maira, 4.85
! - Personal Best, $ - SEC Record, a - American Record, b - Banked Track, c - Collegiate Record, adv. - Advanced, dna - Did Not Advance, dnf - Did Not Finish, dnr - Did Not Run, dns - Did Not Score, dq - Disqualified, F - Foul, f - Facility Record, fr - Freshman Record, fr* - Tied Freshman Record, fs - False Start, H - Heptathlon, h - Hand-Timed, mr - Meet Record, nh - No Height, nm - No Mark, P - Pentathlon, sr - School Record, u - Undersized Track, w - wind-aided, wr - World Record