May 9, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Tennessee track & field senior Drew Thomas recorded a sixth-place finish in the men's hammer throw as UT opened competition at the 2013 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Columbia, Mo.
Thomas opened with a throw of 185-feet, 9-inches (56.62m) in his first attempt in the preliminaries, and followed up with a personal best mark of 198-0 (60.37m) on his second throw. The toss was two feet better than his previous career best of 58.05m, which he recorded at this year's Samford Open. Thomas fouled on his third toss, but his second throw secured him a spot in the finals.
The Greenville, Tenn., native followed up with marks of 193-1 (58.86m), 189-4 (57.72m), and 192-9 (58.77) in the finals.
His 198-0 (60.37m) mark in the preliminaries earned him a sixth-place finish and three points for Tennessee.
"I feel great," Thomas said. "I've been chasing that 60-meter mark pretty much my whole career, especially this year. I'm really happy that mark solidified my spot in the regionals because that's one thing that has been a major goal of mine is to make a regional meet. Senior year, to come out and finally do it, it feels great. I hope my teammates can keep it going."
"The object of this meet is to come here, perform at your best and get points for the University of Tennessee, and that's what Drew did," said Director of Track & Field/Cross Country J.J. Clark. "He had a two-foot PR. He was not expected on paper to score, and he came here and got it done and that's what we would like to continue to do. I applaud him on that and his last SEC effort for Tennessee. It was a good start for our team and we look forward to continued success throughout the weekend."
Tennessee begins action on Friday at 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET with the women's hammer throw. Running events kick off at 6:15 p.m. CT/7:15 p.m. ET with the men's 800m run.
! - 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