Hadfield Breaks School Record At VT Invite

Jan. 19, 2013

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BLACKSBURG, Va. - Highlighted by a school-record effort from junior pole vaulter Linda Hadfield, the University of Tennessee track and field team added six event titles and four runner-up performances on the final day at the Virginia Tech Invitational on Saturday at Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.

After picking up one event win and three runner-ups on Friday, the Lady Vols and Vols combined for seven titles and seven second-place finishes at their second meet of the 2013 campaign.

"We accomplished some really good things today," said Director of Track & Field/Cross Country J.J. Clark. "We've been able to identify where our strengths are as well as the areas we need to focus more on.

"On Friday, we had a couple noteworthy performances in the 500m. Terrance (Livingston) had the seventh-best time in UT history and Kianna (Ruff) was about ninth all-time - which is relevant because it used to be a NCAA event years ago so we've had a lot of great former athletes run that event."

Hadfield, a native of Yorkville, N.Y., got the day off to a good start by taking second place in the women's pole vault. After setting a new personal-record last week at the Kentucky Invitational of 12 feet, 7 1/2-inches, Hadfield passed 12-11 3/4 on her second attempt. Just one of three competitors to eclipse that mark, Hadfield cleared 13-5 3/4 (4.11m) on her very next vault to destroy the nearly 10-year old Lady Vol indoor record of 13-2 1/4 (4.02m) set by Christie Elwin on March 2, 2003. Hadfield, whose mark currently ranks sixth in the nation, took second place behind Virginia Tech's Martina Schultze (13-11.75/4.26m).

Sophomore Erin Champion also recorded a pole vault personal record for the Lady Vols, finishing in third place with a mark of 12-11 3/4.

"It was great to get a school record from Linda," Clark said. "We all saw it coming so it wasn't a surprise, but good to see she got it done. And also a personal best from Erin so it was a good day in the pole vault."

In her first meet as a Lady Vol, freshman Cassie Wertman won the women's shot put with a personal-best toss of 50-2 1/2 on just her second attempt, while her teammate Aslynn Halvorson took second in the event.

The Lady Vol also picked up event wins in the distance medley relay and 5000-meter. UT's Kianna Ruff, Charity Honeycutt, Felicia Brown and newcomer Hannah Davidson ran the DMR in 11 minutes, 31.37 seconds, while freshman Chelsea Blaase won the 5000m in 18:34.05.

Former Lady Vol great Chanelle Price picked up a win in the women's 800m, while current Lady Vols Amirah Johnson and Patavia Lowery places third and fourth, respectively.

For the Vols, sophomore Jamol James got things going in the field events with his first career long jump attempt at UT, which concluded in a first place finish. After fouling on his first two attempts, James recorded a leap of 24-2 1/2 (7.38m) to best 20 other competitors and earn the win. James also anchored the Vols' first-place 4x400-meter relay squad, which crossed the line in 3:15.14 to conclude the meet. Terry Benson, Jarael Nelvis and Michael Williams combined for the 4x400mR win.

"It was Jamol's first attempt at the long jump here so to win is great, said Clark." He's now a potential SEC scorer.

"We also won a few relays this weekend so that was great to see. The men's 4x400 was a convincing win too. Right now, we're rotating personnel in order to be ready for the championship portion of the season."

Redshirt freshman Tavis Bailey added a win in the men's shot put with a career-best-tying toss of 57-0 3/4, while a quartet of Vols teamed up to win the distance medley relay. Jordan Chaney, Joe Franklin, Williams and Kyle Walter crossed the line in 10:07.83 to win the DMR.

After nearly besting the UT freshman pole vault record last week in Lexington, Ky., rookie Jacob Blankenship took second at the Virginia Tech Invitational behind former Vol Robert Rasnick. Blankenship cleared 17-1 1/2 and his teammate Chase Brannon came in third with a mark of 16-9 1/2. Junior Tyler Porter completed the 1-2-3-4 finish for the Vols with a 16-9 1/2 effort.

Tennessee is back in action next week when it travels to new Southeastern Conference member Texas A&M for the annual Texas A&M Mondo Challenge in College Station, Texas, from Jan. 25-26.

Distance Medley Relay: 1. Kianna Ruff / Charity Honeycutt / Felicia Brown / Hannah Davidson, 11:31.37; 3. Alexis Panisse / Ty-Vonna Johnson / Brittney Jackson / Kelsey Kane, 11:47.72
5000m: 1. Chelsea Blaase, 18:34.05!
Shot Put: 1. Cassie Wertman, 50-2.50/15.30m!; 2. Aslynn Halvorson, 46-6.25/14.18m; DQ - ReJean Rouse
800m: 1. Chanelle Price, 2:07.15 (unattached); 3. Amirah Johnson, 2:14.81; 4. Patavia Lowery, 2:15.92; DNF - Brittney Jackson
Pole Vault: 2. Linda Hadfield, 13-5.75/4.11m!sr; 3. Erin Champion, 12-11.75/3.96m!
400m: 4. Martinique Octave, 56.49; 16. Charity Honeycutt, 59.20
4x400m Relay: 4. Felicia Brown / Martinique Octave / Kia Jackson / Kianna Ruff, 3:47.27; 10. Emily Yarnell / Amirah Johnson / Ty-Vonna Johnson / Charity Honeycutt, 4:01.94
Long Jump: 8. Kia Jackson, 17-11.00/5.46m; 9. Allison Outerbridge, 17-9.75/5.43m!; 11. Kasha McDougald, 17-4.75/5.30m
200m: 11. Emily Yarnell, 25.04; 12. Felicia Brown, 25.11; 19. Kia Jackson, 25.95

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

Long Jump: 1. Jamol James, 24-02.50/7.38m!
4x400m Relay: 1. Terry Benson / Jarael Nelvis / Michael Williams / Jamol James, 3:15.14
Distance Medley Relay: 1. Jordan Chaney / Joe Franklin / Michael Williams / Kyle Walter, 10:07.83; 4. Chris Bodary / Jeremy Dickie / Breon Dixon / Austin Whitelaw, 10:17.41
Pole Vault: 1. Robert Rasnick, 17-8.50/5.40m (unattached); 2. Jacob Blankenship, 17-1.50/5.22m; 3. Chase Brannon, 16-9.50/5.12m; 4. Tyler Porter, 16-9.50/5.12m (unattached); 9. Michael Maira, 15-3.75/4.67m!
Shot Put: 2. Tavis Bailey, 57-00.75/17.41m!*
200m: 2. Arnez Hardnick, 21.76; 7. Reggie Juin, 22.15
3000m: 5. Austin Whitelaw, 8:37.59!; 9. Alex McCandless, 8:48.46; 11. J.R. Creekmore, 8:54.74! (unattached); 12. Jack Little, 8:55.21! (unattached)
5000m: 6. Stephen Derlath, 14:45.83!; 13. Kyle Walter, 15:26.68!
800m: 8. Joe Franklin, 1:59.90

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)

m - Meters, ! - Personal record, !* - tied personal record, sr - UT Indoor School Record





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