Jan. 18, 2014
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Tennessee closed out their weekend in Blacksburg at the Virginia Tech Invitational on Saturday. Collectively the Big Orange garnered 6 wins and 20 top five finishes on the afternoon.
Women's field was highlighted by a Felecia Majors win in the long jump with a career best mark of 5.97 meters. Kasha McDougald also surpassed her previous personal best, placing fifth 5.55m. Cassie Wertman took first (15.72m) in the shot and Aslynn Halvorson second, while Linda Hadfield and Erin Champion placed fifth and sixth respectively in the pole vault.
Felicia Brown represented the Lady Vols in the 400m where she placed second (54.91). Brown also finished third in the 200m, followed closely by Felecia Majors in fourth with a personal best of 24.29. Caroline Duer established a new benchmark in the 3000m placing 13th in 10:46.59.
The 800m was a great event for the Lady Vols this weekend with five runners placing in the top 15. Alexis Panisse won the race in 2:12.17; she was followed by Brittney Jackson (2nd - 2:14.48), Amirah Johnson (3rd - 2:16.52), Patavia Lowery (9th - 2:21.61), and Ty-Vonna Johnson (11th - 2:22.53).
Tennessee placed fourth in the women's DMR with a 12:00.58. Lady Vol Relays also finished fourth and ninth in the 4X400m relay.
Matthew Hoty and Tavis Bailey combined for a one-two punch in the shot put competition. The Vols also had four to place in the top 10 in pole vault. Jake Blankenship won with a mark of 5.52, then followed by Chase Brannon third, Tyler Porter sixth, and Michael Maira tenth. Jamol James finished 12th in the long jump with a distance of 6.75m.
Austin Whitelaw secured the Big Orange's lone track victory in the 5000m with a 14:44.84. Nick Kaiser (1:56.53) and Terrance Livingston (1:57.46) finished third and fourth in the 800m. J.R. Creekmore debuted in the 3000m meter where he placed seventh. Jarael Nelvis attained a personal best in the 400m, 50.53, and was accompanied in the top 15 by teammate Michael Williams.
Tennessee men's 4X400m unit secured sixth in the event with an official time of 3:17.70.
The Big Orange comes away from the weekend with eight victories, 26 athlete personal records, and 32 top five placements. Tennessee will take this week to train and prepare for the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational, January 24-25 in Lexington, Ky.
LADY VOL RESULTS AT THE VIRGINIA TECH INVITATIONAL
Pole Vault: 5. Linda Hadfield, 3.90m; 6. Erin Champion, 3.90m
Long Jump: 1. Felecia Majors, 5.97m; 5. Kasha McDougald, 5.55m; 12. Allison Outerbridge, 5.28m; 25. Brielyn Rogers, 4.95m
Shot Put: 1. Cassie Wertman, 15.74m; 2. Aslynn Halvorson, 14.76m; 7, ReJean Rouse, 12.55m
400m: 2. Felicia Brown, 54.91
DMR: 4. Tennessee B, 12:00.58
800m: 1. Alexis Panisse, 2:12.17; 2. Brittney Jackson, 2:14.48; 3. Amirah Johnson, 2:16.52; 9. Patavia Lowery, 2:21.61; 11. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 2:22.53
200m: 3. Felicia Brown, 24.23; 4. Felecia Majors, 24.29
3000m: 13. Caroline Duer, 10:46.59
4X400m Relay: 4. Tennessee A, 3:51.96; 9. Tennessee B, 4:07.12
VOL RESULTS AT THE VIRGINIA TECH INVITATIONAL
Shot Put: 1. Matthew Hoty, 17.58m; 2. Tavis Bailey, 17.47m
Long Jump: 12. Jamol James, 6.75m
Pole Vault : 1. Jake Blankenship, 5.52m; 3. Chase Brannon, 5.23m; 6. Tyler Porter, 5.08m; 10. Michael Maira, 4.78m
5000m: 1. Austin Whitelaw, 14:44.84; -- Daniel Tobin, dnf
400m: 12. Jarael Nelvis, 50.53; 15. Michael Williams, 51.17
800m: 3. Nick Kaiser, 1:56.53; 4. Terrance Livingston, 1:57.46
200m: 25. Reggie Juin, 22.99; -- Jamol James, dnf
3000m: 7. J.R. Creekmore, 8:56.75; -- Kyle Walter, dnf
4X400m Relay: 6. Tennessee A, 3:17.70
! - 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