May 29, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sophomores Alexis Panisse and Emily Yarnell and freshman Felecia Majors advanced out of the first round in their events Thursday to start the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East Regional.
Panisse reached the quarterfinals of the 800-meter run, Yarnell in the 100 dash and Majors in the 400 dash. All three events are scheduled for Friday.
Friday's competition opens at 10 a.m. with the men's hammer throw, while the running session on the track begins at 5 p.m.
Competition on Thursday was delayed four hours because of lightning.
Panisse enjoyed the most successful day of all the UT competitors. She finished fifth in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 4.70 seconds, to advance Friday's quarterfinals. She ran in an extremely competitive third heat in which three of the top five runners competed.
Majors finished 14th in the preliminaries of the 400 meters in 53.20. She placed second in the fifth heat. Sophomore teammate Felicia Brown completed the race in 54.70.
Yarnell, UT's homegrown sprinter from Knoxville, advanced to the quarterfinals in the 100 meters with a time of 11.72, the 13th-fastest time in the field.
In the men's field events, junior Tavis Bailey was just one place away from qualifying to the NCAA Championships in Oregon, placing 13th in the shot put in 61 feet, 1/4 inches (18.60m). Matthew Hoty threw a distance of 56-5 3/4 (17.21m). Sophomore Kyle Quinn was 18th in the javelin (210-7/64.20m)
In other races, Amirah Johnson competed in the 1,500 run (4:34.85/44th)
LADY VOL RESULTS AT NCAA EAST PRELIMINARIES
100m: 13. Emily Yarnell, 11.713p-adv.
400m: 14. Felecia Majors, 53.20p-adv. | 43. Felicia Brown, 54.70p
800m: 5. Alexis Panisse, 2:04.70p!-adv. | 43. Kianna Ruff, 2:09.54p | 44. Brittney Jackson, 2:09.54
10,000m: 25. Chelsea Blaase, 35:25.64p
Long Jump: 48. Felecia Majors, 17-9/5.41m
! - Personal Best, $ - SEC Record, a - American Record, b - Banked Track, c - Collegiate Record, adv. - Advanced, dna - Did Not Advance, dnf - Did Not Finish, dnr - Did Not Run, dns - Did Not Score, dq - Disqualified, F - Foul, f - Facility Record, fr - Freshman Record, fr* - Tied Freshman Record, fs - False Start, H - Heptathlon, h - Hand-Timed, mr - Meet Record, nh - No Height, nm - No Mark, P - Pentathlon, sr - School Record, u - Undersized Track, w - wind-aided, wr - World Record