June 8, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - Tennessee track & field redshirt freshman Kyle Quinn posted a top-10 finish in the men's javelin throw on Saturday, concluding the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in front of 11,482 fans at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Throwing seventh in the second and final flight, Quinn eclipsed 70-meters for just the second time of his career with a mark of 229-feet, 8-inches (70.01m) on his opening throw. With the top nine overall performers advancing to the finals, that mark moved the rookie into eighth place overall and second in his heat at the time. Quinn was bumped to ninth when Texas A&M's Sam Humphreys moved into the overall lead with a toss of 253-7 (77.31m) later in the opening round.
Quinn, who won the Florida Relays this season with a lifetime best throw of 231-7 (70.59m), was unable to improve his mark in his final two attempts, leaving him on the bubble in ninth. Just two throwers after Quinn, Oregon's Sam Crouser - who stood in 10th - hauled the javelin to 239-8 (73.07m) on his third and final attempt to burst the UT freshman's bubble and knock him out of the final round.
The Somerset, Mass., native would place 10th overall, the best finish by a Vol javelin thrower since 2007 when Matt Maloney took eighth at the NCAA meet.
"Kyle gave a valiant effort here today," said Director of Track & Field/Cross Country J.J. Clark. "He almost PR'd and that's what you want at this meet."
Humphreys went on to improve his mark to 255-9 (77.95m) and take the 2013 NCAA title in the event, besting two-time defending champion Tim Glover (247-6/75.44m) of Illinois State.
"Overall, we had some rough performances, but the good news is we brought a very young group to Oregon and we're looking forward to bringing more people - doubling our numbers - back here for next year's NCAA Championships," said Clark. "We'll reload and build momentum for the future."
The Kansas Jayhawks won the 2013 NCAA Women's Outdoor Championship with 60 total points, while SEC members Florida and Texas A&M share the men's title with 53 points apiece. The Vols finished tied for 77th with 0.75 points, all coming from junior pole vaulter Tyler Porter. The Lady Vols did not score at the meet for the first time since 2000.
With the NCAA season officially over, the next action for current and former Tennessee track & field athletes will be at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 19-23. The qualifiers will compete at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University.
VOL RESULTS AT THE NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Javelin Throw Finals: 10. Kyle Quinn, 229-8/70.01m
Discus Throw Finals: 19. Tavis Bailey, 177-9/54.18m
Pole Vault Finals: t7. Tyler Porter, 17-8.50/5.40m!; 14. Chase Brannon, 17-8.50/5.40m; t15. Jake Blankenship, 17-2.75/5.25m
4x100m Relay Semifinals: DNA. - Arnez Hardnick / Jarael Nelvis / Reggie Juin / Jamol James, DNF
LADY VOL RESULTS AT THE NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
400m Semifinals: DNA. - Felicia Brown, 53.05/Ht. 3, 8th (15th)
800m Semifinals: DNA. - Nijgia Snapp, 2:09.07/Ht. 3, 7th (20th)
Long Jump Finals: 24. Kia Jackson, 18-3.25/5.57m
! - 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