Jan. 12, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Tennessee track & field team matched last season's total by producing five event wins, including three on the final day, to conclude the Kentucky Invitational at Nutter Field House in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday.
"This was a good starting meet for us," said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country J.J. Clark. "It gives us an early placement for where we are and where we have to go. We've got work to do, but plenty of time to get there. We accomplished some good things."
Senior Lady Vol Nijgia Snapp highlighted the action for the women by defending her 800-meter title. The Mays Landing, N.J., native crossed the line in 2 minutes, 9.68 seconds to take the title, while fellow Lady Vols Kianna Ruff and Alexis Panisse finished the event in third and fourth place in 2:11.19 and 2:11.46, respectively.
"Nijgia is very talented. I'm not surprised she won the 800," Clark said. "She looked good and hopefully can continue that throughout the season."
In his first collegiate meet, freshman Jacob Blankenship posted a huge number in pole vault, eclipsing a personal-best 17-feet, 8 1/2-inches to notch the third win of the meet for the Vols. Blakenship was just off the Tennessee freshman indoor record clip of 18-0 1/2 set by Lawrence Johnson in 1993. The Blacklick, Ohio, native's mark ties him for eighth all-time in the UT indoor record book.
"Jake had some really good attempts at 18-1 and a great opener with a PR," said Clark. "It really shows he's going to do great things for us and I look forward to seeing him develop in the future."
Just like the distance medley relay team concluded the opening day of the season, the Vols 4x400-meter relay squad cruised to a first-place finish in the final event of the meet. Senior Terry Benson kicked off the event and redshirt freshman Antonio Carter regained control for the Orange and White with a great second leg. Senior Breon Dixon and sophomore Michael Williams put the finishing touches on the event to cross the line in 3:15.99 and give the Vols their fourth win of the Invitational.
"It was a good training effort for our men's 4x400," Clark said. "They got good work in and were able to pull off a victory at the same time."
The Vols added four runner-up finishes and three third-place marks on the final day of competition, while the Lady Vols' Amber Zimmerman placed third in a very fast 3000m. Zimmerman posted a career-best time of 9:48.62, while teammates Kelsey Kane and Chelsea Blaase also picked up PRs in the event.
Benson finished second in the 60m hurdles in 8.17 seconds, while fellow sprinters Jamol James and Arnez Hardnick came in 2-3 in the 60m dash. James and Hardnick finished in 6.75 and 6.89, respectively. Hardnick added a second-place finish in the 200m sprint with a personal-record 21.54. Jarael Nelvis finished third in the 200m in 21.55 seconds.
First-year Vol and cross country All-American Peter Okwera highlighted the Vols' distance performances with a runner-up finish in the 3000m in 8 minutes, 18.48 seconds.
Two former Lady Vols, which were competing in the event unattached, came up big in the women's mile. Tennessee greats Phoebe Wright and Chanelle Price finished 2-3 behind the Southeastern Conference's cross country champion Cally Macumber of Kentucky. The former UT duo recorded a 4:45.94 and 4:47.33 readout, respectively.
UT got fourth-place finishes from Allison Outerbridge in the women's triple jump, as she tied a career-best with a leap of 38-11 1/2. In the field, the Vols' Tavis Bailey recorded a personal record with a shot put toss of 57-1 1/2 to place fourth and Lady Vol junior Aslynn Halvorson finished fifth in the women's shot put.
LADY VOL RESULTS AT THE KENTUCKY INVITATIONAL
800m: 1. Nijgia Snapp, 2:09.68; 3. Kianna Ruff, 2:11.19; 4. Alexis Panisse, 2:11.46!
Mile: 2. Phoebe Wright, 4:45.94 (Unattached); 3. Chanelle Price, 4:47.33 (Unattached); 9. Amirah Johnson, 5:10.00; 11. Brittney Jackson, 5:11.68!; 12. Patavia Lowery, 5:13.10!; 16. Caroline Duer, 5:20.93!; 22. Lizzie Cornell, 5:33.84!
3000m: 3. Amber Zimmerman, 9:48.62!; 7. Kelsey Kane, 9:56.08!; 14. Chelsea Blaase, 10:41.19!
400m: 4. Felicia Brown, 56.23; 10. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 57.88!; 11. Charity Honeycutt, 57.99
Triple Jump: 4. Allison Outerbridge, 38-11.50/11.87m!*; 8. Ki'ana Christy, 36-11.00/11.25m
4x400m Relay: 5. Brittney Jackson / Ty-Vonna Johnson / Kasha McDougald / Charity Honeycutt, 3:56.53; 10. Emily Yarnell / Alexis Panisse / Amirah Johnson / Kia Jackson, 4:08.24; "A" Relay, DNF
Shot Put: 5. Aslynn Halvorson, 49-4.50/15.05m; 11. ReJean Rouse, 43-7/13.28m
60m Final: 8. Felicia Brown, 7.66
200m: 9. Martinique Octave, 24.91; 14. Kia Jackson, 25.43; 17. Emily Yarnell, 25.46; 25. Kasha McDougald, 26.23;
60mH Prelims: 11. Kasha McDougald, 8.95/2nd, Ht. 3
60m Prelims: Adv. Felicia Brown, 7.60!/1st, Ht. 3 (8th); 10. Kia Jackson, 7.65/4th, Ht. 2; 11. Martinique Octave, 7.68/2nd, Ht. 3; 19. Emily Yarnell, 7.82/2nd, Ht. 4
Pole Vault: 2. Linda Hadfield, 12-7.5/3.85m!; 4. Erin Champion, 12-3.5/3.75m!
Distance Medley Relay: 3. Nijgia Snapp / Kianna Ruff / Brittney Jackson / Alexis Panisse, 11.37.3; 7. Amirah Johnson / Ty-Vonna Johnson / Charity Honeycutt / Kelsey Kane, 12:03.74
Long Jump: 8. Kasha McDougald, 18-9.75/5.73m!; 19. Jazmen Townsend 16-10.75/5.15m
Weight Throw: 9. Jessie Harrison, 56-4.75/17.19m; 21. ReJean Rouse, 43-11.25/13.39m!
VOL RESULTS AT THE KENTUCKY INVITATIONAL
Pole Vault: 1. Jacob Blankenship, 17-8.50/5.40m!; 6. Chase Brannon, 16-4.75/5.00m; 10. Michael Maira, 16.00-75/4.90m!
4x400m Relay: 1. Terry Benson / Antonio Carter / Breon Dixon / Michael Williams, 3:15.99
60mH Final: 2. Terry Benson, 8.17
60m Final: 2. Jamol James, 6.75; 3. Arnez Hardnick, 6.89; 4. Jarael Nelvis, 6.92; 6. Reggie Juin, 7.01
200m: 2. Arnez Hardnick, 21.54!; 3. Jarael Nelvis, 21.55; 5. Reggie Juin, 22.05
3000m: 2. Peter Okwera, 8:18.48; 6. Jordan Chaney, 8:35.57!; 11. Kyle Walter, 8:41.09!; 13. Chris Bodary, 8:56.28
800m: 3. Breon Dixon, 1:53.98; 9. Antonio Carter, 1:57.36!; 17. Joe Franklin, 2:00.75 Shot Put: 4. Tavis Bailey, 57-1.50/17.41m!
Mile: 6. Austin Whitelaw, 4:14.39!; 8. Jeremy Dickie, 4:19.07!; 9. Daniel Tobin, 4:20.23; 12. Alex McCandless, 4:20.99!; 20. Nick Kaiser, 4:33.82!
400m: 6. Michael Williams, 49.43
60mH Prelims: Adv. Terry Benson, 8.10/3rd, Ht. 1 (2nd)
60m Prelims: Adv. Jamol James, 6.75/1st, Ht. 1 (2nd); Adv. Jarael Nelvis, 6.82!/2nd, Ht. 1 (4th); Adv. Arnez Hardnick, 6.88!/1st, Ht. 2 (3rd); Adv. Reggie Juin, 7.05/3rd, Ht. 2 (6th)
Distance Medley Relay: 1. Nick Kaiser / Antonio Carter / Jeremy Dickie / Austin Whitelaw, 10:07.97; 2. Kyle Walter / Joe Franklin / Breon Dixon / Daniel Tobin, 10:08.81
High Jump: 8. Derek McClardy, 6-4.75/1.95m!
Weight Throw: 1. Cameron Brown, 61-8.5/18.81m!&; 4. Drew Thomas, 57-3.75/17.47m; 9. Deon McAdoo, 54-1.75/16.50m!; 11. Tavis Bailey, 52-2.0/15.9m!; 15. Carson Frost, 46-8.25/14.23m!
m - meters, ! - personal record, !* - tied personal record, & - UT indoor freshman record, DNF - did not finish