Tennessee Third at Aggie Invitational

Feb. 8, 2014


COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Tennessee men's and women's track and field program finished third in the team standings to wrap up competition Saturday at the Aggie Invitational.

UT attained four individual victories, 13 athlete personal bests, and 37 top-10 finishes on the day.

Tennessee took third overall in both competitions with 90 and 88 points respectively. Texas A&M placed first and LSU was second on the weekend on the men's and women's side. During the two-day meet, the Big Orange achieved five event wins, 14 athlete personal bests, and 43 top-10 finishes.

"We're moving the right direction," Tennessee Director of Track and Field/Cross Country J.J. Clark said. "We have some top teams nationally in our conference, and we saw some top teams here, including Texas A&M and LSU. We had great performances and ended third on both sides. Our objective now is to continue to improve to score points at our conference meet and then at nationals."

Sophomore Alexis Panisse blazed the track for the Lady Vols earning victories in the 800m and 3000m races, both of which with personal best times. These wins come in addition to running leadoff for Tennessee's first place DMR team last night. Panisse was joined by teammate Emily Williams, who placed sixth in the 3000m. In addition to Panisse winning the 800m, Tennessee had five runners in the top 20.

Amirah Johnson led UT's charge in the women's mile finishing second with a personal best of 4 minutes 54.11 seconds. Kelsey Kane and Patavia Lowery also placed in the top 15 of the event. Felicia Majors and Emily Yarnell scored personal bests in the women's 200m. Yarnell was the lone scorer for the Lady Vols in the 60m with a personal best time of 7.639.

Two Lady Vols made their debut in an event over the weekend. Julia Petree participated in the 800m placing 20th, while Brielyn Rogers debuted in the 60mH earning 21st. Tennessee relays continued last night's success by placing fifth and 12th in the women's 4X400m relay tonight. The fifth place time of 3:42.16 is a season best

Tennessee field events were highlighted by a third place finish in pole vault by Erin Champion and a fourth place by Felecia Majors in the long jump. Champion's mark of 13 feet 0.75 inches puts her number eight all-time in Tennessee performance history. Allison Outerbridge secured fifth in the triple jump and 12th in long jump this weekend, Aslynn Halvorson was fourth and ninth in the respectively in the shot put and weight throw, and ReJean Rouse earned 10th in shot put and 11th in weight throw. Rounding out UT's field performances were: Cassie Wertman (fifth - shot put), Brielyn Rogers (ninth - triple jump), and Kasha McDougald (10th - long jump).

This was another strong weekend for the Volunteer field team. The Vols finished one-two in the pole vault with Chase Brannon and Tyler Porter, who scored a new indoor personal best. Jamol James represented Tennessee in the long jump where he placed second with a personal best of 24 feet 4.75 inches (7.43 meters). Tavis Bailey moved from tenth to seventh on UT's all-time performance list by finishing second in the shot put with a distance of 62-3/18.97m. Matthew Hoty followed close behind in third. Thrower Cameron Brown kept his winning streak going as he won the weight throw for a fourth consecutive time this season. Brown currently holds the 16th best mark for the event in the nation.

The Vols had three to finish in the top ten of the 3000m race. Austin Whitelaw led the way placing second, followed by Daniel Tobin with a personal best and Peter Okwera in his indoor season debut.

The duo of Whitelaw and Tobin were also out front for UT in the mile, placing fifth and sixth respectively. They were followed closely by Kyle Walter in seventh, Jeremy Dickie 11th, and Jordan Chaney 19th in his season debut. Tennessee also had four in the top 20 of the 800m event. Nick Kaiser was seventh, Terrance Livingston 15th, Antonio Carter 18th and Breon Dixon 19th. This was the indoor season debut for Dixon. Jerimy Strainge attained a new personal best in the 200m finishing 12th in 21.70 second. He was flanked in the event by Jarael Nelvis who was ninth and Reggie Juin 22nd. Tennessee's 4X400m relay team brought home fifth with a season best time of 3:13.32.

Next up for Tennessee track and field is the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., Feb. 14-15.

60m: 10. Emily Yarnell, 7.639p!
200m: 5. Felecia Majors, 23.91! | 11. Felicia Brown, 24.21 | 12. Emily Yarnell, 24.35!
400m: 3. Felicia Brown, 54.57 | 23. Felecia Majors, 1:00.63
800m: 1. Alexis Panisse, 2:07.89! | 3. Kianna Ruff, 2:08.34 | 7. Brittney Jackson, 2:10.57 | 16. Patavia Lowery, 2:17.15 | 19. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 2:18.36 | 20. Julia Petree, 2:18.43!
Mile: 2. Amirah Johnson, 4:54.11! | 5. Kelsey Kane, 5:01.54 | 14. Patavia Lowery, 5:15.40 | 16. Emily Williams, 5:23.73
3000m: 1. Alexis Panisse, 9:35.05! | 6. Emily Williams, 10:20.31
60mH: 18. Kasha McDougald, 8.93p | 21. Brielyn Rogers, 9.29p!
4X400m Relay: 5. Tennessee A, 3:42.16 | 12. Tennessee B, 3:52.13
Pole Vault: 3. Erin Champion, 13-0.75/3.98m
Long Jump: 4. Felecia Majors, 19-5.5/5.93m | 10. Kasha McDougald, 17-11.75/5.48m | 12. Allison Outerbridge, 17-5.25/5.21m
Triple Jump: 5. Allison Outerbridge, 39-7.25/12.07m | 9. Brielyn Rogers, 38-0/11.58m
Shot Put: 4. Aslynn Halvorson, 47-2.5/14.39m | 5. Cassie Wertman, 46-7.5/14.21m | 10. ReJean Rouse, 40-3.5/12.28m
Weight Throw: 9. Aslynn Halvorson, 52-2.5/15.91m | 11. ReJean Rouse, 49-2.25/14.99m

200m: 9. Jarael Nelvis, 21.44 | 12. Jerimy Strainge, 21.70! | 22. Reggie Juin, 22.33
400m: 21. Michael Williams, 49.53
800m: 7. Nick Kaiser, 1:54.62 | 15. Terrance Livingston, 1:56.29 | 18. Antonio Carter, 1:56.69 | 19. Breon Dixon, 1:57.10
Mile: 5. Austin Whitelaw, 4:13.43 | 6. Daniel Tobin, 4:14.05 | 7. Kyle Watler, 4:14.25 | 11. Jeremy Dickie, 4:16.27 | 19. Jordan Chaney, 4:21.60
3000m: 2. Austin Whitelaw, 8:18.17 | 6. Daniel Tobin, 8:27.23! | 7. Peter Okwera, 8:28.72
4X400m Relay: 5. Tennessee A, 3:13.32
Pole Vault: 1. Chase Brannon, 17-3.75/5.28m | 2. Tyler Porter, 17-3.75/5.28m! | 9. Michael Maira, 15-10/4.83m
Long Jump: 2. Jamol James, 24-47.5/7.43m!
Shot Put: 2. Tavis Bailey, 62-3/18.97m! | 3. Matthew Hoty, 59-10.5/18.25m
Weight Throw: 1. Cameron Brown, 67-3.25/20.50m | 8. Deon McAdoo, 55-9.75/17.01m | 14. Carson Frost, 49-4.25/15.04m

! - 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





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