Track earns five regional qualfying marks

The third-ranked Tennessee men’s track and field team earned five new regional qualifying marks Saturday at the Tiger Track Classic as steady rain gave way to overcast conditions at Hutsell-Rosen Track in Auburn, Ala.

“This is our second straight meet with rainy, cool conditions that affected some events,” head coach Bill Webb said. “Rubin, as was arranged earlier, went to Stanford and ran well. I’m pleased with our 100 and 200 guys here (at Auburn). Joseph Berry had a narrow miss at his lifetime best in the pole vault in the drizzle with a headwind. Andrew Dawson also ran well.”

Sophomore Evander Wells led UT’s sprinters in the 100 and 200. Wells won the 100 in a regional-qualifying time of 10.45 and was the top collegian in the 200, finishing second overall with a regional-qualifying time of 20.93. Senior Matthieu Pritchett finished second in the 100 in a regional-qualifying time of 10.55 and fifth in the 200 in 21.36. Sophomore Kyle Stevenson finished fifth in the 100 in 10.65 before stopping the clock at a season-best 21.36 for sixth in the 200. Senior Blake Jones was 18th in the 100 in 10.94 and 17th in the 200 in a season-best 21.86. Tennessee’s 4x100 relay team of Pritchett, Wells, Stevenson and Jones finished third in 40.60.

Fourteen-time All-America Rubin Williams experienced better weather conditions at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. Williams won his first 200 race of the outdoor season on Friday night. The NCAA champion in the event indoors, Williams finished in a regional-qualifying time of 20.60, which is the fastest wind-legal time in the NCAA this season. Saturday, Williams finished second in the 100 in 10.45 after recording the fastest preliminary time, a season-best 10.30, on Friday.

Friday night in Auburn, junior Matthew Maloney moved to 10th on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the hammer throw with his personal-best throw of 184-3. Richard Wooten finished fourth in the hammer with a throw of 193-0 and Nick Panezich placed seventh with his mark of 181-3. Maloney finished sixth in the javelin with a throw of 181-5 after thunderstorms forced a three-hour delay Saturday morning.

Freshman Joseph Berry led a 1-2 UT finish in the pole vault as he tied the facility record with a regional-qualifying, season-best clearance of 16-6 3/4. Sophomore Brad Holtz was second with his 16-0 3/4 vault. Panezich earned a regional-qualifying mark in his third event this season with a 171-11 throw in the discus. The junior is the only athlete in Tennessee history to qualify for the regional meet in three individual events, a feat he also accomplished last season. Junior Akeem Hardnett finished fourth in his first triple jump of the season with a 48-11 leap. Wooten was fifth in his first shot put effort this season after recording a mark of 55-0 3/4.

Freshman Axel Mostrag finished fourth in his first 800 of the season with a time of 1:51.47. Fellow freshman Mike Brodsky ran a personal-best time of 1:54.77 to place 16th, and sophomore Justin Hansen stopped the clock in 1:56.87 for 22nd. Senior Andrew Dawson placed fifth in the 1,500 with his personal-best time of 3:48.99. Junior Steve Tobin ran to a season-best clocking of 3:57.42 for 12th. Senior Yarrick Kincaid was 22nd in 4:00.48 and freshman Chris Rapp was 24th in a season-best time of 4:01.65.

Sophomore De’Lon Isom finished fifth with a time of 14.07 in the 110 hurdles. Freshman Charlton Rolle placed seventh with his time of 14.24. Sophomore John Hewitt led the Vols in the 400 hurdles as he finished seventh in 53.20. Rolle was ninth with his time of 53.40 and Isom finished 12th in a personal-best time of 54.63. Rolle also finished ninth in the long jump with his 22-10 leap. Sophomore Brenard Wilson finished 11th with his 22-5 3/4 mark.

Senior Matt Piccarello ran to a season-best time of 8:30.31 and finished fourth in the 3,000. Freshman Michael Spooner was sixth in 8:35.21 and was followed by senior Chris Platt in 8:35.64. Juniors Andrew Press and Steve Tobin stopped the clock in 8:43.81 and 8:50.86 to finish 13th and 14th, respectively.

Sophomore Samdi Fraser ran a season-best time of 47.95 to finish eighth in the 400. Fellow sophomore Nathan Grace was 19th in 49.04 and 800 specialist Paul Cross finished the one-lap race in 50.28. Tennessee’s 4x400 relay team of Hewitt, Grace, Dawson and Fraser stopped the clock in 3:13.49 for sixth place.

Multi-event athlete Michael Ayers competed in three events while making final preparations for his first decathlon of the outdoor season. The freshman from Nashville ran the 110 hurdles in 16.59 after recording a mark of 22-2 1/4 in the long jump. Ayers then moved to the shot put, where he recorded a mark of 40-6 1/4 to end his busy day.

“We ended up being out here all day because of the delay,” Webb said. “That affected some people. We are looking forward to being at home next weekend. We could really use a good home meet with good weather because we have missed some opportunities running in the rain. I hope people come out and support the Vols at the Sea Ray Relays.”

The Vols return home to host the Sea Ray Relays Wednesday through Saturday at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium. Admission is free to the public.

Tiger Track Classic, Auburn, Ala.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
1.Evander Wells, Tenn.10.45*
2.Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.10.55*
5.Kyle Stevenson, Tenn.10.65
18.Blake Jones, Tenn.10.94
1.Coby Miller, Unatt.20.90*
2.Evander Wells, Tenn.20.93*
5.Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.21.36
6.Kyle Stevenson, Tenn.21.36 SB
17.Blake Jones, Tenn.21.86 SB
1.Nathanial McKinney, Bahamas46.63*
8.Samdi Fraser, Tenn.47.95 SB
19.Nathan Grace, Tenn.49.04
32.Paul Cross, Tenn.50.28
1.Adam Hairston, Iowa1:50.72
4.Axel Mostrag, Tenn.1:51.47
16.Mike Brodsky, Tenn.1:54.77 PR
22.Justin Hansen, Tenn.1:56.87
1.Boaz Lalang, Rend Lake3:42.01* FR
5.Andrew Dawson, Tenn.3:48.99 PR
12.Steve Tobin, Tenn.3:57.42 SB
22.Yarrick Kincaid, Tenn.4:00.48
24.Chris Rapp, Tenn.4:01.65 SB
1.Elkanah Kibet, Rend Lake8:17.65
4.Matt Piccarello, Tenn.8:30.31 SB
6.Michael Spooner, Tenn.8:35.21
7.Chris Platt, Tenn.8:35.64
13.Andrew Press, Tenn.8:43.81
14.Steve Tobin, Tenn.8:50.86
110 hurdles
1.Jason Richardson, S.C.13.45* FR
5.De’Lon Isom, Tenn.14.07*
7.Charlton Rolle, Tenn.14.24*
26.Michael Ayers, Tenn.16.59
400 hurdles
1.Jussi Heikkila, S.C.50.71*
7.John Hewitt, Tenn.53.20
9.Charlton Rolle, Tenn.53.40
12.De’Lon Isom, Tenn.54.63 PR
4x100 relay
(Pritchett, Wells, Stevenson and Jones)
4x400 relay
1.South Carolina3:08.83*
6.Tennessee ‘A’3:13.49
(Hewitt, Grace, Dawson and Fraser)
14.Tennessee ‘B’3:20.32
(Cross, Kincaid, Mostrag and Brodsky)
Pole vault
1.Joseph Berry, Tenn.16-10 3/4* FR, SB
2.Brad Holtz, Tenn.16-0 3/4
Long jump
1.George Fields, Clemson24-1 1/2
9.Charlton Rolle, Tenn.22-10
11.Brenard Wilson, Tenn.22-5 3/4
14.Michael Ayers, Tenn.22-2 1/4
Triple jump
1.Leevan Sands, Unatt.55-3* FR
4.Akeem Hardnett, Tenn.48-11
Shot put
1.Cory Martin, Auburn62-10 3/4* FR
5.Richard Wooten, Tenn.55-0 3/4
18.Michael Ayers, Tenn.40-6 1/4
1.Zach Clayton, Auburn180-4*
8.Nick Panezich, Tenn.171-11* SB
1.Justin Cummins, Unatt.205-4*
6.Matthew Maloney, Tenn.181-5
Hammer throw
1.Jake Dunkleberger, Auburn234-4*
4.Richard Wooten, Tenn.193-0*
6.Matthew Maloney, Tenn.184-3 PR
7.Nick Panezich, Tenn.181-3
Stanford Invitational, Palo Alto, Calif.
2.Rubin Williams, Tenn.10.45*
1.Rubin Williams, Tenn.20.60*
100 preliminaries
1.Rubin Williams, Tenn.10.30* SB
FR-Hutsell-Rosen Track Facility Record; PR-personal-best mark; SB-season-best mark; *-NCAA regional-qualifying mark.





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