April 25, 2013
PHILADELPHIA – Lady Vol pole vaulters Erin Champion and Linda Hadfield highlighted the action for Big Orange at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia on Thursday, as the Tennessee track & field team opened competition at the 119th Penn Relays.
Champion got things underway in the college section, tying for second with a vault of 12-feet, 9-inches (3.90m). After hitting 12-5.5 (3.80m) on her first attempt, it took the redshirt freshman two attempts at the next progression. Champion finished behind two Indiana Hoosiers, who both finished at the same height, but missed less attempts.
Hadfield followed in the afternoon, hitting 3.80m on her second try and clearing 3.90m on her first attempt. Unable to sail over the next progression, Hadfield tied for third in the championship section. The junior tied for second in the college section at last season’s Penn Relays. Ramapo senior Michelle Favre, who Hadfield bested at the Sea Ray Relays earlier this month, won the competition with a mark of 13-5.25 (4.10m). Favre was the NCAA DIII Indoor National Champion this season.
In the distance carnival on Thursday night, Tennessee had four runners in action. Lady Vol Hannah Davidson finished seventh in the championship 3,000-meter steeplechase. Just her second run in the event this season, the Saratoga Springs, N.Y., native crossed the line in 10 minutes, 37.45 seconds.
For the 20th-ranked Vols, junior Daniel Tobin recorded a personal best in the men’s championship 3,000m steeplechase, notching a readout of 9:11.57. In the men’s championship 5,000m, Vols Chris Bodary and Peter Okwera placed 24th and 33rd, respectively. The duo clocked in at 14:31.53 and 14:42.22, respectively.
Action resumes at the nation’s oldest and largest meet on Friday morning at 9 a.m. with the men’s 400m hurdles championship. Tennessee will hit the track at 12:35 p.m. ET for the men’s 4x100-meter relay heats. Reggie Juin, Jamol James, Jarael Nelvis and Arnez Hardnick make up the Vols’ 11th-ranked 4x100m relay squad.
For in-meet updates throughout the 119th Penn Relays, follow the Tennessee track & field team on Twitter at @Vol_Track.
LADY VOL RESULTS AT THE PENN RELAYS
College Pole Vault: t2. Erin Champion, 12-9.5/3.90m
Championship Pole Vault: t3. Linda Hadfield, 12-9.5/3.90m
Championship 3,000m Steeplechase: 7. Hannah Davidson, 10:37.45
! - Personal Best, !* - Tied Personal Best, a - American Record, c - Collegiate Record, adv. – Advanced, dna – Did Not Advance, dnf - Did Not Finish, dns – Did Not Start, dq - Disqualified, F - Foul, f - Facility Record, fr - Freshman Record, fr* - Tied Freshman Record, fs - False Start, mr - Meet Record, nh – No Height, nm - No Mark, sr - School Record, w – wind-aided, wr - World Record