Feb. 9, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A week after tying the mark, Tennessee pole vaulter Jake Blankenship broke a 20-year old UT freshman record, leaping to his third-consecutive title with a vault of 18-feet, 1-inch (5.51m) at Samford's Multi and Invitational at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Saturday.
The vault, which came on his second attempt at the height, puts Blankenship ahead of legendary former Vol and Olympic silver medalist Lawrence Johnson, who set the mark in his rookie season in 1993. Blankenship has now won the pole vault title in four of five meets this season.
The Blacklick, Ohio, native, who picked up SEC Co-Men's Freshman of the Week Honors this week, also took attempts at the nation's leading mark of 18-4.75. Blankenship's new career-best now ranks seventh in the nation and second in the SEC. For freshmen, he sits at second in the country and first in the league. The mark is also tied for 30th in the world in 2013.
"It's great for Jake to break the record, especially after tying it just last week," said Tennessee Director of Track & Field/Cross Country J.J. Clark. "He took good jumps at the nation's leading mark and just missed it.
"Last night in Washington, Peter (Okwera) ran the seventh-fastest time in school history in the men's 5,000-meter and Hannah (Davidson) ran the school's fifth-fastest 5K at the Husky Classic," said Clark. "Our goal was for them to go out there and run times that can help in us two weeks at the SECs, and they accomplished that."
Okwera posted a personal-record time of 14:07.22 at the meet, while Davidson crossed the line in a career-best 16:22.74.
Junior Lady Vol pole vaulter Linda Hadfield, who set the school record earlier in the season, also picked up a win at the CrossPlex with a mark of 12-11.5. On the men's side, Vols Chase Brannon and Tyler Porter followed Blankenship in second and third in the pole vault, respectively.
At the Tyson Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., sophomore thrower Matthew Hoty went over 60-feet for the first time this season in the shot put. Hoty, the freshman record holder in the event, placed third with a push of 60-feet, 3.25-inches. That mark ranks in the top 10 in UT indoor history.
"Hoty came up big in the shot so it's exciting for him to be performing at his best with SECs approaching," said Clark. "Cameron Brown also broke his own freshman record again on Friday with another good mark and Austin Whitelaw was just off the freshman record pace in the mile."
For the Lady Vols, junior Allison Outerbridge set a personal-record in the triple jump, eclipsing 40-feet for the first time. Outerbridge finished in second place with a leap of 40-4.75. That mark ranks in the top five in UT indoor history.
On the banked oval at Randal Tyson Track Center, junior Amber Zimmerman added a personal record in the women's 3K, crossing the tape in 9:47.31 to finish in fourth place on Saturday. Freshman sprinter Felicia Brown also notched a career-best in the 200-meter with a time of 24.06 seconds.
"We had a lot of good marks on the women's side," Clark Said. "Nijgia (Snapp) and Kianna (Ruff) ran some of the best times in the SEC in the 800m on Friday and Hannah performed well in Washington. The throwers are also really coming around as we look to bring it all together at the conference meet in two weeks.
"We had a lot of good performances and PRs this weekend," said Clark. "Collectively, it's all really starting to come together and we'll look to keep the ball rolling this week with practice and then return for the SEC Championships."
The Big Orange returns to Fayetteville, Ark., in two weeks for the 2013 SEC Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center from Feb. 22-24.
LADY VOL RESULTS AT THE TYSON INVITATIONAL
College Triple Jump: 2. Allison Outerbridge, 40-4.75/12.31m!
3000m: 4. Amber Zimmerman, 9:47.31!b; 8. Alexis Panisse, 9:51.06!b; 12. Kelsey Kane, 10:08.26b
Distance Medley Relay: 5. Amirah Johnson / Charity Honeycutt / Ty-Vonna Johnson / Patavia Lowery, 12:09.12b
Shot Put: 6. Cassie Wertman, 51-9/15.77m; 8. Aslynn Halvorson, 49-11.75/15.23m!; 23. ReJean Rouse, 42-6.75/12.97m
4x400m Invitational: 8. Kianna Ruff / Martinique Octave / Felicia Brown / Brittney Jackson, 3:43.74b
200m: 17. Felicia Brown, 24.06!b/Ht. 4, 3rd; 40. Martinique Octave, 24.64b/Ht. 5, 2nd; 71. Kia Jackson, 25.43b/Ht. 10, 4th
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
Shot Put: 4. Matthew Hoty, 60-3.25/18.37m; 12. Tavis Bailey, 55-1.5/16.80m
Distance Medley Relay: 5. Kyle Walter / Michael Williams / Jordan Chaney / Daniel Tobin, 10:03.86b
4x400m: 6. Arnez Hardnick / Terrance Livingston / Terry Benson / Antonio Carter, 3:14.24b
3000m: 13. Jeremy Dickie, 8:31.72!b; 15. Stephen Derlath, 8:34.17b
200m: 19. Arnez Hardnick, 21.58b/Ht. 4, 1st; 44. Reggie Juin, 22.41b/Ht. 12, 4th; dq. Jarael Nelvis
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