May 17, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Day two at the 2014 SEC Championships saw a couple more qualifiers and a couple more scorers for the University of Tennessee men's and women's track and field teams.
Aslynn Halvorson added to the Lady Vols points total early in the day. Halvorson reached the shot put final from flight one with a 14.96m (49-1) throw. In her first championship round throw she blasted her personal record by over a half a meter with a toss of 15.99m (52-5 ½). With the throw she improved to sixth place in the competition.
Cassie Wertman finished the event with a throw of 14.60m (47-10 ¾), good for 11th place.
Tavis Bailey got the Vols on the board in one of the most competitive events on the day. Entering the men's discus competition, the SEC boasted three of the top four distances in the country in 2014 including Bailey's third place distance. In a heated battle, Bailey came away in fourth place with a throw of 60.06m (197-0).
"Tavis entered competition with the second best throw in the conference," said Clark. "He had a huge throw today, but fouled, but we needed points and he provided some. Tomorrow he hits the shot put and we will look forward to him doing some damage there."
Matthew Hoty also took part in the discus for the Vols finishing in 12th with a throw of 51.57m (169-2), a 2014 best for the junior.
On the track side of things, two more Lady Vols qualified for Sunday's final. Panisse started the track events off with a bang when she crossed the line first in the first heat of the 1,500m run in a time of 4:21.52, automatically qualifying for the finals.
In the first heat of the 400m dash, the Lady Vols finished three-four as Brown came across first in 53.52 while Felecia Majors crossed in 53.59. After all four heats were complete, Brown found herself in ninth place qualifying for the finals while Majors was just on the edge with her top-10 finish.
"We still have a lot of competition with the discus, men's javelin, men's pole vault, the 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, plus the relays. We are looking into coming in tomorrow with a good energy, good spirit, and maximizing our opportunities."
The track and field team returns to action on the final day of the SEC Championships Sunday afternoon beginning at 11 a.m. with the men's javelin. The track events begin at 2 p.m. with the women's 4x100m relay and will conclude, as always, with the 4x400m relay at approximately 5:30 p.m.
19. Emily Yarnell 11.73
24. Reggie Juin 11.11
Men's 3000m Steeplechase
12. Daniel Tobin 9:29.32
13. Katherine Dresch 41.55m (136-4)