SEC Leads The Way At Mondo Challenge

Jan. 26, 2013


COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Tennessee track & field team collected five victories and six runner-up finishes, while also providing 37 other point-producing performances Saturday at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge - a conference battle between the SEC, Big 12 and Pac-12 - at Gilliam Indoor Stadium in College Station, Texas.

The Vols and Lady Vols joined forces with meet-host Texas A&M to represent the SEC, which won both the men's and women's conference showdowns. The Big Orange and Aggies combined for 317 points on the men's side and tallied 324 in the women's competition.

The Big 12, which was represented by TCU and Texas Tech, scored 137 points in the men's challenge and 136 points in the women's. The Pac-12, united by Arizona State and USC, finished second in the women's challenge with 152 points and third in the men's with 75. The USC men did not compete.

On his first attempt at 17 feet, 4 1/4-inches (5.29m), freshman pole vaulter Jacob Blankenship cleared the mark to take first place and set a meet record at the annual Texas A&M Mondo Challenge. Blankenship's teammates Chase Brannon and Tyler Porterplaced fourth and fifth in the event, respectively.

In the men's shot put, redshirt freshman Tavis Bailey bested his previous personal-record with a 60-foot 1/4-inch toss to win the event. Bailey's mark is the 10th-best in UT indoor history and ranks 15th in the nation this season. Sophomore Matthew Hoty- the freshman record holder in the shot put - placed third with a mark of 57-3 3/4.

Completing the field events for the Vols, senior Drew Thomas notched the top toss of his UT career in the men's weight throw. Thomas took third place with a mark of 59-7, good for 12th in the Tennessee indoor record book. Freshman Cameron Brown earned four points for the SEC with a fifth-place finish in the event.

Tennessee posted a 1-2 finish in the men's 3000m, as Austin Whitelaw and Peter Okwera crossed the line within .15 seconds of each other. Whitelaw navigated the banked track in a personal-record 8 minutes, 20.45 seconds to win the event, while Okwera came in at 8:20.60.

Sophomore Jamol James finished with the top time in the men's 60m preliminaries, and took second place in the finals with a mark of 6.74 seconds.

The Lady Vols' had a big day on the oval, with three crossing the line in the mile in under five minutes. Freshman Alexis Panisse won the mile in 4:53.49, while senior Kelsey Kane came in second place just behind her teammate in a personal-record 4:53.73. Sophomore Amirah Johnson earned five points for the league with a fourth-place finish in her first sub-five minute mile. Johnson recorded a 4:59.41 readout.

Newcomer Hannah Davidson, a graduate student transfer, took first place in the women's 3000m in 9:44.19, while junior Amber Zimmerman added a third-place mark of 9:49.12 in the event. Sophomores Kianna Ruff and Brittney Jackson also scored for UT, placing second and fourth, respectively, in the 800m.

A week after setting the school record in the women's pole vault, junior Linda Hadfield placed second at Texas A&M with a vault of 13-2 1/4 on her first attempt at the height. That mark is tied for second in UT's indoor record book. After a personal-record performance last week, sophomore Erin Champion finished third with a vault of 12-4 3/4.

To conclude the field events, rookie thrower Cassie Wertman bested her career-best from last week at Virginia Tech with a second-place shot put toss of 51-8 1/2. Senior Jessie Harrison contributed six points with a weight throw toss of 58-7 1/4.

Tennessee returns to action next weekend in New York City, as the Vols and Lady Vols compete in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at The Armory on Friday and Saturday.

Mile: 1. Alexis Panisse, 4:53.49b; 2. Kelsey Kane, 4:53.73!b; 4. Amirah Johnson, 4:59.41!b; 8. Nijgia Snapp, 5:08.77b; 10. Patavia Lowery, 5:19.11b
3000m: 1. Hannah Davidson, 9:44.19b; 3. Amber Zimmerman, 9:49.12b; 9. Chelsea Blaase, 10:28.94!b
Pole Vault: 2. Linda Hadfield, 13-2.25/4.02m; 3. Erin Champion, 12-4.75/3.78m
Shot Put: 2. Cassie Wertman, 51-8.50/15.76m!; 7. Aslynn Halvorson, 47-2.50/14.39m; 9. ReJean Rouse, 40-11.50/12.48m
800m: 2. Kianna Ruff, 2:09.32b; 4. Brittney Jackson, 2:13.99b; 7. Charity Honeycutt, 2:14.88b; 8. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 2:15.46b
Weight Throw: 3. Jessie Harrison, 58-7.25/17.86m; 8. ReJean Rouse, 43-6.50/13.27m
400m: 5. Felicia Brown, 54.57
Long Jump: 5. Kia Jackson, 18-3.75/5.58m; 8. Allison Outerbridge, 17-3.50/5.27m
4x400m Relay: 6. Kianna Ruff / Felicia Brown / Martinique Octave / Brittney Jackson, 3:50.16b; 8. Charity Honeycutt / Ty-Vonna Johnson / Alexis Panisse / Kasha McDougald, 3:52.94
Triple Jump: 6. Allison Outerbridge, 38-2/11.63m; Kasha McDougald, F
60m Hurdles Finals: 7. Bianca Blair, 8.85; 8. Kasha McDougald, 8.98
200m: 11. Martinique Octave, 24.74b; 14. Felicia Brown, 24.90b; 16. Emily Yarnell, 25.12b
60m Finals: nm. Kia Jackson, fs
60m Prelims: Adv. Kia Jackson, 7.61p/4th, Ht. 1 (fs); 11. Martinique Octave, 7.70p; 13. Emily Yarnell, 7.85p
60m Hurdles Prelims: Adv. Kasha McDougald, 8.93p/6th, Ht. 1 (8th); Adv. Bianca Blair, 9.00/2nd, Ht. 2 (7th)

Distance Medley Relay: 2. Alexis Panisse / Martinique Octave / Kianna Ruff / Hannah Davidson, 11:34.95b

Pole Vault: 1. Jacob Blankenship, 17-4.25/5.29mmr; 4. Chase Brannon, 17-0.25/5.19m; 5. Tyler Porter, 16-8.25/5.09m; 13. Michael Maira, 15-5.50/4.71m
Shot Put: 1. Tavis Bailey, 60-0.25/18.29m!; 3. Matthew Hoty, 57-3.75/17.47m
3000m: 1. Austin Whitelaw, 8:20.45!b; 2. Peter Okwera, 8:20.60b; 6. Chris Bodary, 8:32.87b
60m Finals: 2. Jamol James, 6.74; 6. Jarael Nelvis, 6.85!; 7. Arnez Hardnick, 6.91
Weight Throw: 3. Drew Thomas, 59-7.00/18.16m!; 5. Cameron Brown, 57-9.50/17.61m; 8. Tavis Bailey, 53-8.25/16.36m; 10. Deon McAdoo, 51-3.00/15.62m
60m Hurdles: 4. Terry Benson, 8.21
200m: 4. Jarael Nelvis, 21.21!b; 7. Arnez Hardnick, 21.50!b; 9. Jamol James, 21.58!b; 13. Reggie Juin, 21.89!b
4x400m Relay: 5. Jarael Nelvis / Antonio Carter / Terrance Livingston / Terry Benson, 3:13.08b
Mile: 6. Jeremy Dickie, 4:13.94!b; 7. Kyle Walter, 4:14.58!b; 8. Daniel Tobin, 4:14.86b; 11. Jordan Chaney, 4:16.70b
800m: 6. Antonio Carter, 1:52.87!b; 7. Breon Dixon, 1:53.98b; 14. Terrance Livingston, 2:00.24b
400m: 8. Michael Williams, 49.45b
60m Prelims: Adv. Jamol James, 6.78p/1st, Ht. 3 (2nd); Adv. Jarael Nelvis, 6.94p/3rd, Ht. 2 (6th); Adv. Arnez Hardnick, 6.95p/2nd, Ht. 1 (7th); 11. Reggie Juin, 7.03p

Distance Medley Relay: 3. Jordan Chaney / Antonio Carter / Breon Dixon / Peter Okwera, 10:07.09b

! - Personal Best, ^ - Oversized Track, $ - SEC Record, a - American Record, b - Banked Track, c - Collegiate Record, dnf - Did Not Finish, dq - Disqualified, dnr - Did Not Run, F - Foul, f - Facility Record, fr - Freshman Record, fs - False Start, H - Heptathlon, h - Hand-Timed, mr - Meet Record, nm - No Mark, p - Time Run In Prelims, P - Pentathlon, sr - School Record, u - Undersized Track, wr - World Record





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