April 26, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - The newly-ranked No. 20 Volunteer track & field team shined in front of 39,103 fans at Franklin Field on Friday, earning a fourth-place finish in the sprint medley Championship of America, and advancing one relay and one individual to title races on Saturday at the 119th edition of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
In front of the seventh-largest Friday crowd in meet history, sophomore sprinter Jamol James got the action going for Big Orange with a readout of 10.58 seconds in the 100-meter preliminary heats. James, who owns a lifetime best mark of 10.17 in the event, advances to Saturday's championship race at 3:45 p.m. ET.
A member of Trinidad & Tobago's London Olympic relay pool, James joined teammates Arnez Hardnick, Reggie Juin and Jarael Nelvis on the track for both the 4x100m and 4x200m prelims on Friday. The Vols posted the 10th-best time in program history in the 4x2, crossing the line in third place of the opening heat in 1 minute, 24.25 seconds to secure a place in tomorrow's eight-team Championship of America.
Entering the meet as the 11th-fastest 4x1 in the nation, the foursome finished just two spots (10th) outside of Championship of America qualifying, clocking in at 40.86 seconds. However, the relay will run in the final of the college section at 1:15 p.m. ET.
In a relay that features a mixture of sprint and middle distance runners, Nelvis and James handled the first two hitches, with 200m legs that kept Tennessee right in the thick of the Championship of America sprint medley relay. With the team standing in third, sophomore Michael Williams ran the 400m leg, and his classmate Nick Kaiser guided the Orange and White to a fourth-place finish with his 800m closing hitch of 1:49.7 to post an overall time of 3:20.26.
The Lady Vols ran the seventh-fastest 4x1,500-meter relay in program history in the Championship of America section, placing sixth with a mark of 18 minutes, 12.51 seconds. The relay was comprised of freshman Alexis Panisse, senior Kelsey Kane, sophomore Amirah Johnson and graduate student Hannah Davidson.
In the field, junior jumper Allison Outerbridge finished seventh in the college triple jump with a leap of 39-feet, 11.25-inches (12.17m). Sophomore pole vaulter Michael Maira tied for 10th place in the men's collegiate pole vault section, clearing 15-feet, 3-inches (4.65m).
Saturday's USA vs. The World competition, which consists of former Tennessee standouts Justin Gatlin (4x100mR), Tianna Madison (4x100mR), DeeDee Trotter (4x400mR), Phoebe Wright (4x800mR) and Chanelle Price (4x800mR), will begin at 1:05 p.m. ET with the women's 4x8. NBC will broadcast the entirety of the 14th running of the competition live from 1-3 p.m. ET. An addition two hours of Penn Relays coverage will be shown on Universal Sports from 3-5 p.m. ET.
Saturday's competition also consists of the college men's pole vault championship, where highly-touted Vol pole vaulters Jake Blankenship, Chase Brannon and Tyler Porter will compete. The three standouts are all ranked in the nation's top 25.
The Lady Vol sprinting corps and Tennessee throwers will be in action at the Samford Open on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.
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
Championship of America 4x1,500m Relay: 6. Alexis Panisse / Kelsey Kane / Amirah Johnson / Hannah Davidson, 18:12.51
College Triple Jump: 7. Allison Outerbridge, 39-11.25/12.17m
VOL RESULTS AT THE PENN RELAYS
Championship of America Sprint Medley Relay: 4. Jarael Nelvis / Jamol James / Michael Williams / Nick Kaiser, 3:20.26
College Pole Vault: t10. Michael Maira, 15-3 (4.65m)
Championship of America Distance Medley Relay: 13. Kyle Walter / Michael Williams / Antonio Carter / Jeremy Dickie, 10:02.57
100m Prelims: adv. Jamol James, 10.58 (w: -0.6)/Ht. 2, 4th (8th)
4x200m Relay Prelims: adv. Jarael Nelvis / Jamol James / Reggie Juin / Arnez Hardnick, 1:24.25/Ht. 1, 3rd (6th)
4x100m Relay Prelims: adv. Reggie Juin / Jamol James / Jarael Nelvis / Arnez Hardnick, 40.86/Ht. 1, 2nd (10th)
! - 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