Feb. 1, 2013
NEW YORK - Highlighted by a record-breaking performance from redshirt freshman Austin Whitelaw, the Tennessee track & field team picked up six top-five finishes on day one of the 12th annual Armory Collegiate Invitational at the New Balance Track Center inside The Armory in New York City.
With more than 100 colleges and universities spanning both the nation and the globe in attendance, Whitelaw cruised around one of the fastest tracks in the nation to complete the men's championship 5,000-meter in 14 minutes, 18.11 seconds.
A native of Monroe, Mich., the redshirt freshman crossed the line in third place with the record-setting time. His mark shattered the University of Tennessee indoor freshman record of 14:24.29 set by former Olympian Todd Williams in 1988. Whitelaw's time ranks seventh in the UT all-time records and would sit as the 13th-best time in the nation entering the weekend.
Sophomore thrower Matthew Hoty, who holds the UT freshman record in the shot put, put together a fourth-place finish in the men's championship shot put on Friday. Hoty's best toss was in the vicinity of 60-feet at 59-3.5. His classmate Tavis Bailey, who joined the 60-foot club last week, placed seventh in the event with a best push of 56-4.75 (17.19m).
After advancing to the finals of the men's 60-meter championship division with a time of 6.81 seconds, sophomore Jamol James won the opening heat of the finals in a personal-record-tying time of 6.72 seconds. James would end up fifth in the event.
In a loaded distance medley relay team consisting of four top-20 teams, the Vols DMR posted a season-best time of 9:56.75 on the banked course to finish in seventh place. Entering the weekend, that time would rank 12th in the nation.
For the Lady Vols, junior pole vaulter Linda Hadfield continued her stellar indoor campaign with a near-personal-best vault in the Big Apple. Hadfield tied for third place in the championship division with a mark of 13-5.25 (4.10m), which is good for second all-time in the UT indoor record books. Hadfield fell just shy of her own school record mark of 13-5.75. Her teammate Erin Champion also posted a top-five finish in the college section of the women's pole vault. Champion eclipsed 12-5.5 to take fifth place.
In other field events, freshman Cassie Wertman continued to improve on her personal-best in the women's shot put. The Holland, Ind., native placed fifth with a push of 51-10.5 (15.81m).
On the oval, Villanova was just off the Lady Vols' meet record of 10:56.40 set in 2009, as the Wildcats won the women's DMR in 10:56.74 - the fastest time in the nation this season. UT's DMR placed seventh in the loaded field with a season-best performance of 11:24.74. Entering the weekend, that mark would rank sixth in the nation. It's also one of the top-25 marks in the event in UT indoor history.
The Big Orange returns to action in New York City on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET at The Armory. Many big events will take place on the oval on Saturday, including the men's and women's mile, 800m and 4x400m relays.
LADY VOL RESULTS AT THE ARMORY COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL
Championship Pole Vault: T-3. Linda Hadfield, 13-5.25/4.10m
College Pole Vault: 5. Erin Champion, 12-5.5/3.80m
Championship Shot Put: 5. Cassie Wertman, 51-10.5/15.81m!; 17. Aslynn Halvorson, 46-7.25/14.20m
Championship Distance Medley Relay: 8. Alexis Panisse / Martinique Octave / Brittney Jackson / Hannah Davidson, 11:24.74b
College Long Jump: 36. Kia Jackson, 17-3.25/5.26m
Championship 60m Prelims: dna. Kia Jackson, 7.58 (26th); dna. Martinique Octave, 7.66 (39th)
Championship 60m Hurdles Prelims: dna. Kasha McDougald, 8.83! (37th); dna. Bianca Blair, 8.88! (42nd)
VOL RESULTS AT THE ARMORY COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL
Championship 5,000m: 3. Austin Whitelaw, 14:18.11!frb
Championship Shot Put: 4. Matthew Hoty, 59-3.5/18.07m; 7. Tavis Bailey, 56-4.75/17.19m
Championship 60m Finals: 5. Jamol James, 6.72!/Ht. 1, 1st
Championship Distance Medley Relay: 7. Jordan Chaney / Jarael Nelvis / Terrance Livingston / Peter Okwera, 9:56.75b
Championship 60m Prelims: adv. Jamol James, 6.81 (12th); dna. Arnez Hardnick, 6.90 (25th)
Championship 60m Hurdles Prelims: dna. Terry Benson, 8.17 (30th)
! - Personal Best, ^ - Oversized Track, $ - 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, dq - Disqualified, 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