UT Throwers Highlight Day 2 Action At SECs

Feb. 23, 2013

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Cameron Brown Weight Throw/5th/64-4.5 (19.62m)

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Linda Hadfield Pole Vault/5th/13-1.5 (4.00m)
Erin Champion Pole Vault/6th/13-1.5 (4.00m)
Kia Jackson Long Jump/6th/20-1 (6.12m)
Cassie Wertman Shot Put/6th/52-4.5 (15.96m)

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Freshman // Brentwood, Tenn.

Finished fifth in the men's weight throw in his first-career SEC Championships. Brown bested his own UT freshman record in the event with a toss of 64-4.5 (19.62m), which currently ranks fifth all-time in the UT indoor record books.

Senior // Lithonia, Ga.

Put up a huge number on her first leap in the women's long jump, taking first place in the opening segment with a career-best mark of 20-feet, 1-inch (6.12m). That jump held up for a sixth-place finish and ranks in the top 10 in UT indoor history.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - After breaking the record in his first collegiate meet and extending it two weeks ago at the Tyson Invitational, Vol thrower Cameron Brown came into his first Southeastern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships with high expectations, and delivered early Saturday morning at Walker Pavilion on the University of Arkansas campus.

A 6-foot-6 rookie from Brentwood, Tenn., Brown sneaked into the finals of the men's weight throw with a mark of 61-feet, 5.75-inches on his third and final toss of the preliminary round. The last one to make it in, Brown was the first to throw in the finals and bested his previous UT freshman record (62-1.25) in the event by just over a foot on his first toss (63-2).

Sitting in seventh after that throw, Brown stepped up once again with his final effort of the event, hurling the weight 64-4.5 (19.62m) to finish in fifth place and earn four points for the Vols. The new UT freshman record also ranks fifth all-time in UT indoor history. The Vols also got lifetime bests from senior Drew Thomas (59-11.75) and sophomore Deon McAdoo (54-2.5) in the event.

Back at the Randal Tyson Track Center - the main site of the 2013 SEC Indoor Championships - Lady Vol pole vaulters Linda Hadfield and Erin Champion both notched points early on for the Orange and White. Hadfield and Champion finished fifth and sixth, respectively, both recording a mark of 13-1.5/4.00m. It was a personal record for Champion.

For the Lady Vol throwers, freshman Cassie Wertman continued her stellar rookie campaign by placing sixth in the shot put championships with a personal-best push of 52-feet, 4.5-inches (15.96m). Wertman, who now ranks fifth all-time in the UT indoor record books, has improved her PR four times this season.

On the oval and in a record-setting field, redshirt freshman Austin Whitelaw concluded the day for the Vols by besting a UT rookie record that has stood for 26 years in the men's 3,000-meter. Whitelaw made a big push late to cross the line just outside the scoring in ninth place in 8:11.68. The mark bested former Vol Glenn Morgan's UT freshman record time of 8:13.70 and ranks Whitelaw 11th on the all-time list in the 3K. Morgan's record was set in 1987.

Senior Kia Jackson put up a huge number on her first leap in the women's long jump, taking first place in the opening segment with a career-best mark of 20-feet, 1-inch (6.12m). That jump held up for a sixth-place finish and ranks in the top 10 in UT indoor history.

Senior Lady Vol Nijgia Snapp, who placed third in the event last season, is moving on to tomorrow's 800-meter final with a time of 2 minutes, 8.19 seconds. The Lady Vols also added a pair of lifetime bests in the mile as Kelsey Kane and Amirah Johnson crossed the line in 4:50.22 and 4:57.51, respectively. However, it was freshman Alexis Panisse who posted the top time for UT in the event, navigating the banked track in 4:49.68 to finish 11th overall.

Senior Terry Benson, who placed third in the event last season, advanced the finals of the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.12 seconds in the prelims.

Through just five events, the Lady Vols are tied for sixth with 13 total points, while the Vols sit in a tie for 10th with four tallies.

Championship Sunday at the SEC indoor meet is set to begin at 11 a.m. ET with the women's weight throw and at 1 p.m. ET for the men with the pole vault.

Pole Vault: 5. Linda Hadfield, 13-1.5/4.00m; 6. Erin Champion, 13-1.5/4.00m!
Long Jump: 6. Kia Jackson, 20-1/6.12m!; 25. Kasha McDougald, 16-3/4.95m
Shot Put: 6. Cassie Wertman, 52-4.5/15.96m!; 9. Aslynn Halvorson, 49-9.25/15.17m; 16. ReJean Rouse, 41-11.50/12.79m
3000m: 21. Hannah Davidson, 9:59.95b
800m Prelims: adv. Nijgia Snapp, 2:08.19b/Ht. 3, 3rd (7th); dna. Kianna Ruff, 2:09.46b/Ht. 2, 3rd (9th); dna. Brittney Jackson, 2:11.28b/Ht. 3, 5th (14th); dna. Charity Honeycutt, 2:11.82!b/Ht. 3, 6th (16th); dna. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 2:13.60!b/Ht. 1, 7th (18th)
Mile Prelims: dna. Alexis Panisse, 4:49.68b/Ht.1, 4th (11th); dna. Kelsey Kane, 4:50.22!b/Ht. 1, 6th (14th); dna. Amber Zimmerman, 4:52.31b/Ht. 2, 5th (16th); dna. Amirah Johnson, 4:57.51!b/Ht. 1, 8th (21st)
400m Prelims: dna. Felicia Brown, 54.48b/Ht. 2, 3rd (12th); dna. Martinique Octave, 55.40/Ht. 5, 1st (20th)
200m Prelims: dna. Felicia Brown, 23.86/Ht. 1, 4th (13th)
60m Hurdles Prelims: dna. Bianca Blair, 8.69/Ht. 3, 5th (15th)
60m Prelims: dna. Kia Jackson, 7.54/Ht. 1, 5th (16th)

Weight Throw: 5. Cameron Brown, 64-4.5/19.62m!fr; 12. Drew Thomas, 59-11.75/18.28m!; 24. Deon McAdoo, 54-2.5/16.52m!; 26. Tavis Bailey, 49-3.75/15.03m
3000m: 9. Austin Whitelaw, 8:11.68!b; 13. Peter Okwera, 8:17.21b; 18. Chris Bodary, 8:27.57b; 21. Kyle Walter, 8:33.54b
Long Jump: 12. Jamol James, 17-7/5.36m
60m Hurdles Prelims: Adv. Terry Benson, 8.12/Ht. 2, 3rd (6th)
60m Prelims: dna. Jamol James, 6.74/Ht. 4, 3rd (11th); dna. Arnez Hardnick, 6.88/Ht. 4, 4th (20th); dna. Reggie Juin, 7.11/Ht. 4, 7th (32nd)
200m Prelims: dna. Jarael Nelvis, 21.20!b/Ht. 3. 3rd (12th); dna. Arnez Hardnick, 21.44!b/Ht. 3, 4th (18th); dna. Reggie Juin, 22.10b/Ht. 6, 3rd (29th)
800m Prelims: dna. Terrance Livingston, 1:52.53!b/Ht. 2, 6th (16th); dna. Antonio Carter, 1:53.69b/Ht. 2, 7th (18th); Breon Dixon, 1:53.91b/Ht. 3, 8th (19th); dna. Joe Franklin, 1:57.87b/Ht. 3, 8th (23rd)
Mile Prelims: dna. Jeremy Dickie, 4:17.56b/Ht. 3, 6th (21st); dna. Daniel Tobin, 4:19.11b/Ht. 3, 7th (22nd); dna. Jordan Chaney, 4:26.84b/Ht. 1, 9th (26th)
400m Prelims: dna. Michael Williams, 49.81b/Ht. 6, 3rd (29th)

! - 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





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