April 10, 2014
In the final event of day one, the homestanding Tennessee track and field team earned its first win of the 2014 Tennessee Relays powered Sea Ray from a debut victory.
Making his first collegiate appearance in the 10,000-meter run, Austin Whitelaw pulled away from the competition late in the race to earn the victory by 13 seconds with a time of 30:16.23, a new personal high.
"It felt good to be out there running a 10K," said Whitelaw. "It was something that I wanted to do, so that was exciting. It's a stepping stone to progress off of later."
The redshirt sophomore from Monroe, Mich., stayed among the top four spots, battling with Jesse Moreno and Chase Ratliff from Morehead State and Roderick Bowman from Tennessee Wesleyan.
With seven laps to go, Whitelaw began to separate from the other top competitors, pulling away and cruising to a Volunteer victory in front of his screaming Tennessee teammates.
"I had been listening to the splits for most of the race," said Whitelaw. "I knew it was slower than I wanted, so I had to do something. I was waiting for the other people to do the work, but it wasn't happening, so I had to do it myself. That was something that I was willing to do, but it was hard."
Brown joins the 60-meter club60.51.
The milestone that has eluded Tennessee thrower Cameron Brown for about a year and a half has now been cleared on his home track.
Brown helped Tennessee men's track get off to a great start at the 2014 Tennessee Relays powered by Sea Ray by clinching eighth place in the men's hammer throw. After the first three throws, Brown qualified for the final eight. His final throw of the event -- 60.51 meters -- set the seventh-farthest throw in Tennessee history, as well as released a lot of frustration from the past few months.
"It took forever to get to 60 (meters)," said Brown. "The last few weeks have been tough, not breaking 60 at practice, not breaking 60 at any meets. The transition from indoors to outdoors has been tough. Breaking these milestones is important to me."
Brown, a native of Brentwood, Tenn., came in 21st place in last year's home event at the Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium. On a track where he has set several personal records, Brown definitely wanted to turn perform well in front of the Knoxville crowd.
"Making finals was a big goal," said Brown. "Ever since high school, all my PR's have been here and last year I didn't get a chance to get six throws. I knew that if I had made finals, it was going to be a good day and that I was going to throw over 60. It was huge to progress from last year to this year. The transition has been much better and I have to thank Coach (John) Newell for that."
Friday's action kicks off at 10 a.m. with the high school boy's discus competition. The first college running event will be the women's 100-meter hurdles at 12:45 p.m., while the first college field event will be the men's discus competition at 1 p.m., while the first college running event will be the women's 100-meter hurdles at 12:45 p.m.
Friday's schedule is filled with many individual races and events. Kasha McDougald and Brielyn Rogers will start the Lady Vols off in the women's 100-meter hurdles, while Jarael Nelvis and Reggie Juin will run in the men's 100-meter dash for the Vols. .