Feb. 8, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - With just two weeks until the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships, the Tennessee track & field squad opened its final regular season tune-up and a split-squad weekend on Friday afternoon with the Tyson Invitational at the Tyson Randal Track Center at the University of Arkansas.
The Lady Vols and Vols split into three groups this week, sending contingents to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., and to Samford's Multi and Invitational in Birmingham, Ala.
With the majority of the squad at the Tyson Randal Track Center - the site of the 2013 SEC Indoor Championships and NCAA Championships - the Lady Vols got things off to a good start in the Olympic Development 800-meter race.
Upperclassmen and returning All-Americans Nijgia Snapp and Kianna Ruff both improved their times in the event this season, crossing the line in first and second place, respectively. Snapp, who entered the weekend with the 15th-fastest time in the country, bested that mark with a readout of 2 minutes, 7.08 seconds. Ruff followed closely, cruising to a personal-record mark of 2:07.48. Freshman Alexis Panisse also posted a career-best in the event, finishing in sixth place in 2:11.13.
For the Vols, freshman thrower Cameron Brown improved his UT rookie record in the weight throw, finishing in third place with a toss of 62-feet, 1.25-inches. Brown had previously set the record at the season-opening Kentucky Invitational when he reached 61-8.5. His new mark would rank him in the top 40 in the nation entering the weekend.
Redshirt freshman Austin Whitelaw continued his stellar season on the oval, notching a personal-best mile time of 4:08.51 to finish in ninth place at the meet. Whitelaw, who was coming off a freshman-record setting performance in the men's 5K at The Armory in New York City, was just off the pace of the UT rookie mile record of 4:07.04. His teammate Kyle Walter also finished with a PR in the mile, crossing the line in 4:12.67.
Senior Vol sprinter Arnez Hardnick finished his 60m preliminary race in a career-best 6.81 seconds, while sophomore Amirah Johnson added a fourth-place finish for the Lady Vols in the mile. Senior Charity Honeycutt also posted a personal-best mark of 2:13.16 in the college 800m section at the Tyson Invitational.
At the Husky Classic at the University of Washington's Dempsey Indoor facility, Lady Vol transfer Hannah Davidson finished in sixth place in the women's 5,000-meter. The transfer from Providence College recorded a career-best readout of 16:22.74, a mark that would rank in the top 11 in the nation entering the weekend. Sophomore Vol Peter Okwera also posted a top mark at Washington, finishing seventh with a time of 14:07.22, which would also rank in the top 11 entering the weekend.
The majority of Big Orange is back in action tomorrow at Randal Tyson Track Center, while both the men's and women's pole vault squads are in action at the Samford Multi and Invitational at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
LADY VOL RESULTS AT THE TYSON INVITATIONAL
Olympic Dev. 800m: 1. Nijgia Snapp, 2:07.08b; 2. Kianna Ruff, 2:07.48!b; 6. Alexis Panisse, 2:11.13!b
College Mile: 4. Amirah Johnson, 5:00.87b/Ht. 2, 1st; 16. Patavia Lowery, 5:16.59b/Ht. 2, 7th
College 800m: 6. Charity Honeycutt, 2:13.16!b/ Ht. 1, 4th
Weight Throw: 12. Jessie Harrison, 57-10.5/17.64m; 27. ReJean Rouse, 45-3/13.79m
400m: 14. Felicia Brown, 55.13b/Ht. 3, 3rd; 47. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 57.36!b/Ht. 13, 5th; 52. Brittney Jackson, 57.89!b/Ht. 14, 3rd
College Long Jump: 20. Kia Jackson, 18-5/5.61m; 29. Kasha McDougald, 17-8/5.38m
60m Hurdles Prelims: dna. Bianca Blair, 8.72/Ht. 2, 5th (25th)
60m Prelims: dna. Kia Jackson, 7.57/Ht. 7, 3rd (27th); dna. Martinique Octave, 7.63/Ht. 8, 4th (32nd)
LADY VOL RESULTS AT THE HUSKY CLASSIC
5000m: 6. Hannah Davidson, 16:22.74!
VOL RESULTS AT THE TYSON INVITATIONAL
Weight Throw: 3. Cameron Brown, 62-1.25/18.93m!fr; 11. Drew Thomas, 58-1.25/17.71m; 19. Deon McAdoo, 52-5.5/15.99m; 22. Tavis Bailey, 51-1.5/15.58m
College Mile: 9. Austin Whitelaw, 4:08.51!b/Ht. 2, 1st; 20. Kyle Walter, 4:12.67!b/Ht. 2, 8th; 24. Jordan Chaney, 4:14.38b/Ht. 3, 5th; 27. Daniel Tobin, 4:15.48b/Ht. 3, 8th
Olympic Dev. 800m: 10. Antonio Carter, 1:53.76b
College 800m: 18. Terrance Livingston, 1:58.79b/Ht. 1, 9th
400m: 41. Michael Williams, 49.65b/Ht. 6, 4th
60m Prelims: adv. Arnez Hardnick, 6.81!/Ht. 8, 3rd (18th); dna. Reggie Juin, 7.06/Ht. 4, 4th (43rd)
60m Semis: dna. Arnez Hardnick, 6.87/Ht. 3, 8th (22nd)
60m Hurdles Prelims: dna. Terry Benson, 8.15/Ht. 3, 6th (20th)
VOL RESULTS AT THE HUSKY CLASSIC
5000m: 7. Peter Okwera, 14:07.22!
! - 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, fr* - Tied 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