Jan. 18, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Competing in its second meet of the 2013 indoor season, the University of Tennessee track & field team was led by newcomers on day one of the Virginia Tech Invitational, as the Vols and Lady Vols challenged 14 squads at the Hokies' Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.
Freshman Cameron Brown, who led the Vols in the field at last week's Kentucky Invitational by setting a UT freshman record and winning the event, got the meet started by taking second place in the men's weight throw. Brown tossed the 35-pound weight 57 feet, 7 3/4-inches on his sixth and final throw.
Fellow Vol Drew Thomas had a toss of 56-11 1/2 on his second attempt in the men's weight throw, a mark that was good for third place.
Tennessee's Terrance Livingston, who returned to the squad this winter, picked up the lone UT win on the opening night of the meet. The Great Neck, N.Y., native cruised around the 200-meter, banked track at Rector Field House in 1 minute, 3.65 seconds to win the men's 500-meter. His teammate Antonio Carter followed in third place in a personal-record time of 1:04.77.
For the Lady Vols, newcomer Hannah Davidson - a graduate student transfer from Providence College - led the Big Orange women in the mile, placing second after crossing the line in 4:51.57. Davidson, who was just .23 seconds behind the race winner in her UT debut, was followed by junior Amber Zimmerman, who recorded a personal-best 4:52.76 mile.
Senior thrower Jessie Harrison added a runner-up performance for the Lady Vols, as she posted a mark of 58-5 1/4 in the women's weight throw, while junior Kianna Ruff contributed a third-place finish in the women's 500m. Ruff, an indoor All-American, crossed the line in a personal-record 1:11.86.
After advancing out of the 60m preliminary round, senior Vol sprinter Arnez Hardnick placed fifth in the finals with a career-best mark of 6.84 seconds.
The Big Orange is back in action at Rector Field House on Saturday. The first events - the high jump and pole vault - are set to begin at 11 a.m. The action will conclude with the men's and women's 4x400-meter relays.
LADY VOL RESULTS AT THE VIRGINIA TECH INVITATIONAL
Mile: 2. Hannah Davidson, 4:51.57; 5. Amber Zimmerman, 4:52.76!; 12. Alexis Panisse, 5:04.86; 27. Caroline Duer, 5:30.74
Weight Throw: 2. Jessie Harrison, 58-5.25/17.81m; 11. ReJean Rouse, 46-2.75/14.09m!
500m: 3. Kianna Ruff, 1:11.86!; 6. Brittney Jackson, 1:15.05!; 7. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 1:15.35!
Triple Jump: 4. Allison Outerbridge, 39-3.75/11.98m!; 9. Ki'ana Christy, 35-3.25/10.75m
1000m: 6. Kelsey Kane, 2:54.76!; 12. Amirah Johnson, 2:57.90!; 23. Lizzie Cornell, 3:14.25
60m Finals: 7. Martinique Octave, 7.73
300m: 8. Emily Yarnell, 40.75; 15. Charity Honeycutt, 41.59!
60mH Prelims: 9. Bianca Blair, 8.83; 13. Kasha McDougald, 8.90
60m Prelims: Adv. Martinique Octave, 7.69/3rd, Ht. 2 (7th); 9. Felicia Brown, 7.69; 10. Kia Jackson, 7.70
VOL RESULTS AT THE VIRGINIA TECH INVITATIONAL
500m: 1. Terrance Livingston, 1:03.65; 3. Antonio Carter, 1:04.77!; 14. Joe Franklin, 1:08.08
Weight Throw: 2. Cameron Brown, 57-7.75/17.57m; 3. Drew Thomas, 56-11.50/17.36m; 5. Deon McAdoo, 53-1.75/16.20m; 6. Tavis Bailey, 52-3.75/15.94m!
60m Finals: 5. Arnez Hardnick, 6.84!
Mile: 5. Peter Okwera, 4:16.28; 13. Kyle Walter, 4:18.60!; 21. Chris Bodary, 4:24.65; 24. Jordan Chaney, 4:26.28
60mH Finals: 7. Terry Benson, 8.37
300m: 10. Michael Williams, 36.02
1000m: 11. Jeremy Dickie, 2:30.99; 12. Daniel Tobin, 2:31.33; 15. Breon Dixon, 2:32.27
60m Prelims: Adv. Arnez Hardnick, 6.92/4th, Ht. 4 (5th); 14. Reggie Juin, 7.02
60mH Prelims: Adv. Terry Benson, 8.32/3rd, Ht. 2 (7th)
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