Jan. 25, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The men's and women's Tennessee track and field teams attained two more victories and 15 personal bests to bring the weekend at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational to a close on Saturday.
Tennessee director of track and field/cross country J.J. Clark said the meet provided a good opportunity for growth against nationally ranked competition.
"This was by far our best competition of the year," Clark said. "There were some very good nationally ranked teams. We had some respond. We just have to continue to get better in all areas."
Blankenship successfully defended his pole vault title by establishing a new meet record of 18 feet 1.25 inches (5.52m). Chase Brannon came close behind in third (17-5.5/5.32m), along with Tyler Porter's personal best 17-1.5/5.22m for eighth and Michael Maira 19th (15-1.75/4.62m).
James and Reggie Juin advance from preliminary round to the 60m finals where they placed first and eighth respectively; the winning 60m time was 6.80. Daniel Tobin scored a top ten in the mile finishing in 4:13.17. Nick Kaiser took 15th in the 800m; Terrance Livingston was 21st. Kyle Walter's 21st place finish was a new best time for him in the 3000m. Tennessee's 4X400 relay team came in ninth overall.
The Lady Vol field unit continues solid performances for Tennessee this season. Cassie Wertman was second in the shot put (53-5/16.28m). She was joined in competition by Aslynn Halvorson ninth and ReJean Rouse 16th.
Kasha McDougald of Tennessee finished eighth in the 60m hurdles finals on Saturday. Her mark of 8.70 is a new personal record.
The women's mile was yet again another strong event for the ladies as Alexis Panisse scored a top 10, while four other runners established new indoor benchmark for the event. Brittney Jackson garnered a sixth place performance in the 800m with a season best 2:11.19.
Career times kept coming for the Lady Vols as the day progressed: Felecia Majors and Emily Yarnell in the 400m, Chelsea Blasse and Emily Williams in the 3000m, and a 60m debut for Erin Champion. Overall UT women set a collective 12 new event benchmarks on Saturday alone.
The Big Orange have amassed 15 wins, 65 athlete personal records, and 119 top ten finishes on the season.
Tennessee track and field has the upcoming weekend off as they prepare to venture to College Station for the Aggie Invitational taking place February 7-8.
LADY VOL RESULTS AT UK'S McCRAVY INVITATIONAL
Shot Put: 2. Cassie Wertman, 53-5/16.28m; 9. Aslynn Halvorson, 49-5.75/15.08m; 16. ReJean Rouse, 42-3.5/12.89m
Triple Jump: 7. Allison Outerbridge, 39-8.5/12.10m; 11. Brielyn Rogers, 38-2.75/11.65m
60mH prelim: 7. Kasha McDougald, 8.70!; 11. Brielyn Rogers, 9.32
60m prelim: 9. Felicia Brown, 7.648; 10. Emily Yarnell, 7.70!; 13. Felecia Majors, 7.94; 15. Erin Champion, 8.10
Mile: 6. Alexis Panisse, 4:48.60; 16. Amirah Johnson, 4:57.05!; 26. Kianna Ruff, 5:07.67!; 29. Patavia Lowery, 5:12.62!; 30. Caroline Duer, 5:12.85!
60mH FINAL: 8. Kasha McDougald, 8.70!
400m: 4. Felecia Majors, 53.97!; 8. Felicia Brown, 54.53; 20. Emily Yarnell, 57.34!
800m: 6. Brittney Jackson, 2:11.19; 22. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 2:20.81; -- Julia Petree, dnf
3000m: 5. Chelsea Blaase, 9:26.84!; 14. Alexis Panisse, 9:57.79; 17. Emily Williams, 10:04.17!; 19. Kelsey Kane, 10:06.17; -- Liz Cornell, dnf
4X400m Relay : 12. Tennessee B, 3:51.25
VOL RESULTS AT UK'S McCRAVY INVITATIONAL
Pole Vault: 1. Jake Blankenship, 18-1.25/5.52m-mr ; 3. Chase Brannon, 17-5.5/5.32m: 8. Tyler Porter, 17-1.5/5.22m!; 19. Michael Maira, 15-1.75/4.62m
Shot Put: 3. Matthew Hoty, 61-6.75/18.76m; 5. Tavis Bailey, 60-1/18.31m!
60m prelim: 2. Jamol James, 6.80; 7. Reggie Juin, 7.04
Mile: 10. Daniel Tobin, 4:13.17
60m FINAL: 1. Jamol James, 6.751; 8. Reggie Juin, 7.08
400m: 28. Michael Williams, 50.55
800m: 15. Nick Kaiser, 1:53.56; 21. Terrance Livingston, 1:55.51; -- Antonio Carter, dnf
3000m: 21. Kyle Walter, 8:24.14!; 25. Austin Whitelaw, 8:31.55; 31. Stephen Derlath, 8:35.32; 33. Jeremy Dickie, 8:37.13
4X400m Relay : 9. Tennessee A, 3:17.06
! - 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