UT Paces SEC To Victory At Conf. Challenge

March 23, 2013


STARKVILLE, Miss. - Combining for 11 first-place finishes, the Vol and Lady Vol track & field teams led the Southeastern Conference to victory in a SEC vs. Challengers format to open the outdoor campaign at Mississippi State's Conference Challenge this weekend in Starkville, Miss.

Tennessee joined forces with Ole Miss and Mississippi State to represent the league in a battle against Illinois, Purdue, Louisiana Tech and Missouri State (women only). The Lady Vols contributed to a dominating 360-217 win for the SEC women, while the Vols helped guide the SEC men to a 287-264 win at the newly-renovated Carl Maddox Track.

"Overall, it was a good start for our programs," said Director of Tennessee Track & Field/Cross Country J.J. Clark. "The idea was to come here and get the ball rolling, and we did just that. It was a fun meet, the weather could have been better, but we had a solid start to our outdoor season."

With cool temperatures and rain consistently on the forecast, the meet moved into a rolling time format, which decreased the gap between events.

"Our pole vaulters had a delay due to rain, but we finished with a lot of solid performances across the board," Clark said. "We set multiple meet and personal records. It was a good start and we're looking forward to building on this as the outdoor season progresses."

After senior thrower Jessie Harrison took the title in the women's hammer throw on Friday, the Lady Vols continued their winning ways on Saturday, recording event victories in the 1,500-meter, 100m, 200m, shot put, discus and pole vault.

Senior Kelsey Kane led a 1-2 Tennessee finish in the 1,500m, crossing the line in a personal-record 4 minutes, 29.76 seconds. Junior Amber Zimmerman followed closely in career-best 4:30.74 to take second place. Kianna Ruff and Nijgia Snapp also set PRs in the event.

Senior Kia Jackson picked up a win in the women's 100m (11.81), and added a fourth-place finish in the 200m (24.58). Freshman Felicia Brown won the 200m race in 23.76 seconds. Jackson also joined the 20-foot club in the long jump, placing third with a lifetime-best leap of 20-feet, 0.5-inches (6.11m).

In the field events, freshman Cassie Wertman picked up right where she left off. Wertman, who shined in the shot put during the indoor season, carded a first-place finish in the event in her first outdoor meet. Wertman notched a push of 48-11 (14.91m) to win the event. Her teammate Aslynn Halvorson finished second in the shot put with a mark of 47-6.25 (14.48m).

The pair switched places in the women's discus, as Halvorson won it with a toss of 153-10.25 (46.89m) and Wertman finished second with a mark of 143-6.75 (43.75m).

Redshirt freshman Erin Champion concluded the Lady Vols' winning ways with a victory in the women's pole vault. Champion cleared 12-5.25 (3.79m) on her third and final attempt.

The Vols recorded three event wins in field events and set two meet and facility records in the process. Sophomore Tavis Bailey - the SEC Outdoor runner-up last season - won the men's discus with a career-best, meet record and facility record throw of 195-3.25 (59.91m). That mark is good for second-best in the UT record books all-time. The UT discus record is 202-4 (61.68m) set by Kevin Fitzpatrick in 1992.

Redshirt freshman Kyle Quinn also picked up a meet and Carl Maddox Track record with a first-place performance in the javelin. Quinn recorded a personal-record mark of 218-3.5 (66.53m).

Junior Chase Brannon tied for first in the men's pole vault by clearing 16-0.75 (4.90m), while his teammate Tyler Porter placed fourth with the same mark. Brannon got the win for hitting the mark on his first attempt.

The Vol 4x100-meter relay, which placed seventh at nationals last season, won the meet in 40.72 seconds. The quartet was made up of Reggie Juin, Jamol James, Jarael Nelvis and Arnez Hardnick.

Matthew Hoty (58-6/17.83m) and Derek McClardy (6-4.75/1.95m) added runner-up finishes in the shot put and high jump, respectively.

The Orange and White is back in action next week at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, presented by State Farm. UT will also send small contingents to the Stanford and Raleigh Relays.

Hammer Throw: 1. Jessie Harrison, 157-3/47.92m; 4. Katelyn Williams, 126-5.25/38.53m!

1,500m: 1. Kelsey Kane, 4:29.76!; 2. Amber Zimmerman, 4:30.74!; 5. Kianna Ruff, 4:36.71!; 6. Nijgia Snapp, 4:42.13!; 10. Brittney Jackson, 4:44.06; 11. Hannah Davidson, 4:45.00; 14. Lizzie Cornell, 4:53.85
Shot Put: 1. Cassie Wertman, 48-11/14.91m; 2. Aslynn Halvorson, 47-6.25/14.48m
Discus: 1. Aslynn Halvorson, 153-10.25/46.89m; 2. Cassie Wertman, 143-6.75/43.75m; 5. Katelyn Williams, 131-5/40.05m
100m: 1. Kia Jackson, 11.81 (w: +1.4); 10. Emily Yarnell, 12.47 (w: +1.8); 14. Jazmin Townsend, 12.85 (w: +1.6)
200m: 1. Felicia Brown, 23.76 (w: -0.3); 4. Kia Jackson, 24.58 (w: -0.3); 11. Emily Yarnell, 25.72 (w: -0.3); 18. Bianca Blair, 26.45! (w: -0.5); 19. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 26.63 (w: -0.5); 20. Kasha McDougald, 26.88 (w: -0.3); 21. Charity Honeycutt, 26.92 (w: -0.3)
Pole Vault: 1. Erin Champion, 12-5.25/3.79m!
3,000m: 2. Hannah Davidson, 9:57.99; 3. Kelsey Kane, 10:07.19!; 4. Alexis Panisse, 10:09.34!
Javelin: 2. Katherine Dresch, 132-10/40.48m
Long Jump: 3. Kia Jackson, 20-0.50/6.11m!; 7. Kasha McDougald, 19-2.75/5.86m!; 8. Allison Outerbridge, 19-1.50/5.83m!; 15. Jazmin Townsend, 17-10.25/5.44m
Triple Jump: 3. Allison Outerbridge, 38-0.75/11.60m;
800m: 3. Alexis Panisse, 2:12.93; 4. Amirah Johnson, 2:13.01; 10. Patavia Lowery, 2:18.12; dnf. Julia Petree
400mH: 3. Bianca Blair, 1:01.94; 11. Kasha McDougald, 1:13.21!
100mH: 3. Bianca Blair, 13.86 (w: +1.5); 12. Kasha McDougald, 14.72 (w: +1.5)
4x100mR: 4. Kia Jackson / Felicia Brown / Bianca Blair / Emily Yarnell, 46.57
4x400mR: 4. Kianna Ruff / Brittney Jackson / Julie Petree / Nijgia Snapp, 3:46.68; 7. Ty-Vonna Johnson / Alexis Panisse / Amirah Johnson / Patavia Lowery, 4:01.65
400m: 5. Felicia Brown, 56.66; 6. Charity Honeycutt, 56.96!; 8. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 57.35

Hammer Throw: 2. Cameron Brown, 180-2.75/54.93m; 4. Deon McAdoo, 167-5/51.02m!; 8. Carson Frost, 143-6.75/43.75m; dns. Drew Thomas; dns. Matthew Hoty

Discus: 1. Tavis Bailey, 195-3.25/59.91m!MRf; 7. Matthew Hoty, 153-4.50/46.74m
Javelin: 1. Kyle Quinn, 218-3.50/66.53m!MRf
4x100mR: 1. Reggie Juin / Jamol James / Jarael Nelvis / Arnez Hardnick, 40.72
Pole Vault: T1. Chase Brannon, 16-0.75/4.90m; T4. Tyler Porter, 16-0.75/4.90m; T7. Jake Blankenship, 15-5/4.70m; 11. Michael Maira, 15-5/4.70m
Shot Put: 2. Matthew Hoty, 58-6/17.83m; 4. Tavis Bailey, 54-6.5/16.62m!
High Jump: 2. Derek McClardy, 6-4.75/1.95m
400m: 3. Jarael Nelvis, 48.55!
4x400mR: 3. Jarael Nelvis / Jamol James / Antonio Carter / Terrance Livingston, 3:13.85; 7. Michael Williams / Reggie Juin / Breon Dixon / Jeremy Dickie, 3:24.94
1,500m: 6. Jeremy Dickie, 4:00.04!; 7. Chris Bodary, 4:01.38; 8. J.R. Creekmore, 4:01.61!; 9. Alex McCandless, 4:03.12!; 11. Breon Dixon, 4:07.60!; 13. Antonio Carter, 4:19.68
400mH: 6. Michael Williams, 56.85
800m: 7. Terrance Livingston, 1:53.69; 10. Daniel Tobin, 1:56.80!; 12. Kyle Walter, 1:58.80!; 14. Jordan Chaney, 2:02.14
3,000m: 9. Daniel Tobin, 8:42.58!; 11. Chris Bodary, 8:47.06; 12. J.R. Creekmore, 8:47.92!; 14. Kyle Walter, 8:48.38!; 17. Jake Rainey, 8:57.43
100m: 12. Reggie Juin, 11.03 (w: +1.5); 16. Chase Brannon, 11.41 (w: +1.6)
200m: 10. Arnez Hardnick, 21.77 (w: -0.3); 15. Reggie Juin, 22.29 (w: -0.4); 21. Derek McClardy, 23.50 (w: -0.6)

! - 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, 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, nm - No Mark, p - Time Run In Prelims, P - Pentathlon, sr - School Record, u - Undersized Track, w - wind-aided, wr - World Record





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