March 27, 2013
- Building off a strong performance at last week's season opening Mississippi State Conference Challenge, the Tennessee track & field team will split up to compete in two highly-competitive outdoor meets this week.
- Twelve Vols and nine Lady Vols will head to Austin, Texas, for the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, while 18 Vols and 17 Lady Vols will travel to Raleigh, N.C., for the Raleigh Relays at NC State.
- A total of 874 teams and 6,407 athletes representing 40 states and four countries will head to Mike A. Myers Stadium.
- The Vols and Lady Vols begin competition on Thursday afternoon. This will mark the first time the Lady Vols have attended the Texas Relays since 2001, while the Vols are returning to Austin for the first time since 2004.
- The Raleigh Relays are slated to begin on Friday morning with the women's 5,000-meter at 9:45 a.m. at Paul H. Derr Track. Field events begin shortly after on Friday, with the men's discus set to get underway at 10 a.m.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
- The Texas Relays will feature 18 hours of live coverage this week via the Longhorn Network. The Longhorn Network is available for free online, however, only to television subscribers of certain providers.
- ESPN's Dave LaMont provides play-by-play throughout the meet, and former NCAA All-American athlete and current ESPN radio host Sean Adams serves as reporter. Larry Rawson and Dwight Stones round out the analyst field.
- Live results and additional information for the meet can be found at the Track & Field Meet Central page on UTSports.com.
- Also be sure to follow the Tennessee track & field team on twitter at @Vol_Track. Join the conversation by using the official hashtag of the Texas Relays #TXRelays13.
EARLY SEASON STARS
- Opening their outdoor season last week in Starkville, Miss., the Vols and Lady Vols combined for 11 first-place finishes and 28 personal records to help guide the SEC to victory in a SEC vs. Challengers format at MSU's Conference Challenge.
- The Lady Vols contributed to a dominating 360-217 win for the SEC women, while the Vols helped life the SEC men to a 287-264 win at Carl Maddox Track.
- The Lady Vols combined for seven individual event wins and three runner-up performances at the meet. Leading the charge on the track was senior Kelsey Kane, who took the 1,500-meter title in a lifetime best 4:29.76 and finished third in the 3,000m with a another PR (10:07.19).
- Sprinters Kia Jackson (11.81) and Felicia Brown (23.76) won the 100m and 200m, respectively, while Jackson also added a personal-best long jump performance. The senior joined the 20-foot club with a leap of 20-0.5 (6.11m) to finish third in the event.
- The Vols helped lift the SEC to victory by combining to set two meet and facility records, and bring home four event titles as well as three runner-up finishes.
- Last season's SEC runner-up in the event, sophomore Tavis Bailey led the Orange and White with a victory in the men's discus. Bailey posted a lifetime best and broke the meet and facility records with a toss of 195-feet, 3.25-inches (59.91m) to win the event. That mark currently ranks third in the nation and second all-time in the UT record book.
- Competing in his first collegiate meet, redshirt freshman Kyle Quinn also picked up a win to go with a meet and facility record with his lifetime best mark in the javelin of 218-3.5 (66.53m).
THE OUTDOOR SLATE
- Next week, the Vols and Lady Vols will participate in the 69th annual Pepsi Florida Relays at Percy Beard Track in Gainesville, Fla.
- The Big Orange hosts the 47th annual Sea Ray Relays at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium from April 11-13. The second annual "Sea Ray Showcase," which features the men's and women's 200m, 1500m, 800m, 400m, 100m, DMR and the 4x100m relays will take place from 12:30 p.m. ET to 1:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 13.
- Tennessee will participate in the Mt. SAC Relays and Vanderbilt Invitational before heading north for the 119th edition of the Penn Relays from Thursday, April 25-27.
- The championship portion of the season consisting of the SEC Championships, NCAA East Prelims, NCAA Championships and USATF Championships kicks off from May 9-12 with the league championship meet in Columbia, Mo.
THE CLARK EFFECT
- The Lady Vols have won two NCAA Indoor team titles in 2005 and 2009, both coming under J.J. Clark, while the Vols claimed the 2002 team title.
- The Lady Vols have won four NCAA Indoor titles in the distance medley relay, coming in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010, all under Clark. The 2009 unit set world, American and NCAA meet records at 10:50.98.
- The UT women have seven top-10 NCAA Indoor finishes in Clark's previous 10 seasons, including titles in 2005 and 2009, a runner-up effort in 2010 and a third-place result in 2007.
- Clark, a three-time SEC Indoor Women's Coach of the Year, also piloted the Lady Vols to SEC Indoor titles in 2005, 2007 and 2009.
- In 10 full seasons leading the Lady Vols and three with the Vols, Clark's athletes have won 60 SEC titles (Women 31 in/27 Out; Men: 1 in/1 Out).
- Tennessee has now had 295 combined indoor and outdoor All-Americans in program history. Under Clark, the Lady Vols and Vols have combined for 202 All-America certificates.
RETURNING OUTDOOR ALL-AMERICANS
- Chase Brannon, First Team (Pole Vault)
- Linda Hadfield, Honorable Mention (Pole Vault)
- Arnez Hardnick, First Team (4x100mR)
- Matthew Hoty, Honorable Mention (Shot Put)
- Kia Jackson, Second Team (4x100mR)
- Jamol James, First Team (4x100mR)
- Reggie Juin, First Team (4x100mR)
- Jarael Nelvis, First Team (4x100mR)
- Martinique Octave, Second Team (4x100mR, 4x400mR)
- Kianna Ruff, Second Team (4x400mR)
- Nijgia Snapp, Second Team (4x400mR)