Feb. 28, 2014
|Cameron Brown||Weight Throw/3rd/20.62m (67-8)|
|Tavis Bailey||Weight Throw/4th/19.99m (65-7)|
|Erin Champion||Pole Vault/6th/4.12m (13-6.25)|
Brown reached the awards podium at the SEC Indoor Championships for the first time, taking third in the weight throw with a distance of 67 feet, 8 inches. Teammate Tavis Bailey finished just behind him in fourth, giving the Vols a good points boost to start the meet.
Panisse and freshman Felecia Brown both qualified for the finals in two events. Panisse's road was literally much longer, as the New York native reached the final eight in the 800 and mile. He mile time of 4:39.53 was a career best and her 800 time tied her best time (2:06.56)
Brown finished fifth in the men's weight throw as a freshman a year ago and on Friday threw two spots -- and several feet -- better his second time around. He took bronze with a best distance of 20.62 meters (67 feet, 8 inches).
Bailey finished right behind Brown in fourth place with a career-best throw of 19.99 meters (65-7).
Austin Whitelaw added to the men's scoring by placing seventh in the 3,000-meter run in 8 minutes, 10.67 seconds.
Tennessee Director of Track and Field J.J. Clark stated, "We had some people advance, along with scoring on the men's side. We have eight or nine scoring opportunities throughout the meet tomorrow. We'll just have to go in with the mindset of making the best and putting points on the board. We have to follow up with scoring tomorrow with the pole vault, shot put, 60m, 5000m, DMR, and 4X400 relay."
Pole vaulter Erin Champion scored the Lady Vols' only points of the day, but a strong day of preliminary running should yield much more on Saturday. Champion cleared a career best of 4.12 meters (13-6.25) to finish sixth in the pole vault.
Preliminary races dominated Friday's schedule, and Tennessee booked seven spots in Saturday's finals, six on the women's side. Clark went on to say "On the women's side we advanced people into the finals in the mile, 400m, 800m, 200m. We have nice scoring opportunities on the women's side tomorrow. We just have to go there, finish the meet, and make the best of our opportunities."
Sophomore Alexis Panisse and freshman Felecia Majors accounted for four of those final invitations, with Panisse qualifying for the finals in the 800 and the mile and Majors doing the same in the 200 and 400.
Two Lady Vols qualified for the eight-runner final in the 400, thanks to posting career-best times. Felicia Brown ran a 53.13 to take the seventh spot in the finals, and Majors crossed the line in 53.19 after winning the second preliminary heat.
Two UT women will also be running in the 800 finals. Panisse recorded the fourth-best time in the field, winning the third heat in 2:06.56. Brittney Jackson, a senior, earned the eighth and final qualifying spot in 2:08.65.
Panisse also clocked the second-fastest time in the mile, finishing in 4:39.53.
Later in the day, Majors qualified for the 200 meters with the fourth-fastest time of 23.21. In between her races, the versatile freshman also took 15th in the long jump.
On the men's side, Jamol James ran a career-best time of 6.70 in the 60 dash to grab the eighth and final qualifying spot.
Through just five scored events, Arkansas leads the men's competition with 56 points and Tennesse is seventh with 13. Arkansas is also ahead in the women's standings with 39 points. Tennessee is 12th with three points.The Big Orange look to cease the scoring opportunities and advancements started today as SEC Indoors conclude tomorrow evening.
WOMEN'S RESULTS AT THE SEC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Pole Vault: 6. Erin Champion, 4.12m (13-6.25)
Shot Put: 10. Aslynn Halvorson, 14.64m (48-0.5); 12. Cassie Wertman, 14.33m (47-0.25)
Long Jump: 15. Felecia Majors, 5.86m (19-2.75); 24. Kasha McDougald, 5.46m (17-11)
60m Hurdles Prelims: dna - Kasha McDougald, 8.80/Heat 2, 7th (20th)
60m Prelims: dna - Emily Yarnell, 7.62/Heat 3, 6th (30th)
Mile Prelims: adv - Alexis Panisse, 4:39.53/Heat 1, 2nd (2nd); dna - Kelsey Kane, 4:52.64/Heat 2, 5th (15th)
400m Prelims: adv - Felicia Brown, 53.13/Heat 3, 2nd (7th); adv - Felecia Majors, 53.19/Heat 2, 1st (8th)
800 Prelims: adv - Alexis Panisse, 2:06.56/Heat 3, 1st (4th); adv - Brittney Jackson, 2:08.65/Heat 4, 3rd (8th); dna - Kianna Ruff, 2:08.87/Heat 2, 2nd (11th); dna - Amirah Johnson, 2:09.70/Heat 2, 3rd (17th); dna - Julia Petree, 2:12.98/Heat 3, 5th (21st); dna - Ty-Vonna Johnson, 2:15.02 (25th)
200 Prelims: adv - Felecia Majors, 23.21/Heat 3, 2nd (4th); dna - Felicia Brown, 23.56/Heat 8, 1st (11th); dna - Emily Yarnell, 23.92/Heat 2, 2nd (15th)
MEN'S RESULTS AT THE SEC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Weight Throw: 3. Cameron Brown, 20.62m (67-8); 4. Tavis Bailey, 19.99m (65-7); 10. Deon McAdoo, 18.19m (59-8.25); 20. Carson Frost, 16.67m (54-8.25)
3000m Final: 7. Austin Whitelaw, 8:10.67
Long Jump: 12. Jamol James, 6.95m (22-9.75)
60m Prelims: adv - Jamol James, 6.70/Heat 1, 3rd (8th)
Mile Prelims: dna - Jeremy Dickie, 4:12.54/Heat 1, 8th (15th); dna - Kyle Walter, 4:18.07/Heat 2, 11th (20th); dna - Daniel Tobin, 4:22.69/Heat 2, 12th (23rd)
800 Prelims: dna - Nick Kaiser, 1:51.89/Heat 2, 5th (17th); dna - Terrance Livingston, 1:51.91/Heat 2, 6th (18th); Breon Dixon, 1:54.35/Heat 4, 6th (23rd); Antonio Carter, 1:57.07/Heat 4, 7th (29th)
200m Prelims: dna - Jarael Nelvis, 21.57/Heat 1, 3rd (17th); dna - Reggie Juin, 22.10/Heat 2, 4th (21st)
! - 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