April 11, 2014
Tennessee's female underclassman sprinters opened up day two of the 2014 Tennessee Relays powered by Sea Ray with a fast start in the Lady Vols's first home meet of the season on the familiar Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.
Yarnell earned her first-ever outdoor victory in the 100-meter dash, earning a 11.47 time, a new personal record after recording a time of 11.78 in 2011. The Knoxville native and Hardin Valley alum continued her solid outing with a second place finish in the 200-meter dash (23.38), also a personal best.
"I was excited about this meet, so I really wanted to go out and run well," said Yarnell. "Everything went really well for where we are on the season.
"When I got to the meet, I was like `Oh, there's my high school!' I tried to keep it in perspective, but it's really cool to run well and win on this track."
Teammate Felecia Majors continued her torrid start to her Tennessee career, posting a victory in the 200-meter dash with a 23.36 season-high time. Earlier in the afternoon, Majors earned a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash to complete her big afternoon, just ahead of teammate Felicia Brown's 54.78 mark.
"To have a loaded week, have a hard practice, I feel like today was a pretty good day," said Majors. "I was talking to a teammate about how in college, it's so different because everyone's on the same level and it's so much harder. That one chance to actually get to win, you want it to be at your home track because you know it the best. You really want to put all your effort out and go for it. "
The Lady Vols finished in the top two spots of the 200-meter dash, within .02 seconds of each other. Majors and Yarnell took the first two spots after heat one, then held on after all seven heats finished.
"It feels like practice and it really relaxes me," said Majors. "I'm so used to running with her, so it was really nice having her with me and sharing that PR with her as well."
OUTERBRIDGE WINS TRIPLE JUMPSenior Allison Outerbridge won the women's triple jump with a total distance of 42 feet, 7 inches (12.98 meters). This mark is a new career best distance, smashing her previous best set at the Florida Relays this season.
CAREER BESTS FOR THE VOLSA trio of Vols recorded career bests and placed top eight in their respective events Saturday.
Tavis Bailey threw 63 feet, 3.5 inches (19.29 meters) in the shot put to move up to fourth on the all-time UT performer list.
ALUMNI WINNERSFormer Lady Vols Ellen Wortham, Channelle Price and Brittney Sheffey all collected victories on their home track Friday.
Wortham won her fourth career Tennessee Relays title in the 400 hurdles in 58.89. As a runner at Tennessee, the All-American won her main event three times from 2010-2012.
Price and Sheffey swept the two distance events to end the night. Price, running for Nike, won the 1,500 run in 4:16.52. Sheffey capped the night with a strong finish. She won the 5,000 run by more than 40 seconds in 16:30.03.
Price, who trains in Knoxville,
HUNTSMAN & SENIOR HONORSCeremonies, relays and field events take up most of the track time Saturday.
At 10:50 a.m., Tennessee's 16 seniors will be honored.
At 2 p.m., former head coach Stan Huntsman will be recognized for his impact on the Tennessee track and field program. Huntsman, who coached UT from 1971-1985, led the Vols to NCAA titles in 1972 in cross country and 1974 in outdoor track. During that time, the Vols won 31 SEC team titles between outdoor and indoor track and field and cross country.
This year is the 40th anniversary of the Vols' 1972 outdoor title.