May 16, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. - After the first day of competition at the 2014 SEC Track and Field Championships, three Tennessee track and field athletes qualified for Sunday's finals while Chelsea Blaase got UT on the board.
Blaase closed out the night out on a high point for Tennessee finishing in sixth place in the 10,000m run crossing the line in 34:58.18.
"Chelsea had a calf strain/cramp through the first 1,000 of the race and was still able to score for us," said Head Coach J.J. Clark. That is huge as a freshman."
"In the women's 200m and 800m races we had three people qualify for the finals," said Clark. "You never know what can happen in the meet, we are always trying to maximize our points, but that was a good number advancing to the final for us. We will try and add some more tomorrow.
Brown led the field for the Lady Vols winning the third heat of the 200m dash in a time of 23.38 and in doing so, automatically advanced to the final round. The time was her fastest of the season.
Ruff and Panisse qualified for the 800m final with fifth and sixth place finishes in 2:06.47 and 2:07.90 respectively. Ruff set a season best knocking a second off her fastest time in 2014.
Six Lady Vols competed in the 800m for Tennessee with Ruff and Panisse leading the way. Brittany Jackson finished 12th with a time of 2:10.99, Julia Petree took 14th in 2:13.03, Ty-Vonna Johnson placed 19th in 2:14.10 and Patavia Lowery rounded out the Lady Vols with a 23rd place finish in 2:21.51.
In field action on the day, UT took part in the men's hammer throw as sophomore Cameron Brown led all Vols with an 11th place, 58.38m (191-6) finish. Deon McAdoo took 13th with a toss of 55.84m (183-2) and Carson Frost finished with a throw of 53.67m (176-1).
The Vols will be back in action on Saturday in day two of the conference meet as 22 Tennessee athletes will put it all on the line beginning with the women's long jump at 1 p.m.
5. Kianna Ruff, Sr. 2:06.47 q
6. Alexis Panisse, So. 2:07.90 q
12. Brittney Jackson, Sr. 2:10.99
14. Julia Petree, Jr. 2:13.03
19. Ty-Vonna Johnson, Sr. 2:14.10
23. Patavia Lowery, Sr. 2:21.51
13. Michael Williams, Jr. 55.32
6. Chelsea Blaase, Fr. 34:58.18
J.R. Creekmore DNF