April 10, 2013
- The Tennessee track & field team will play host to their only home meet of the 2013 season this week, as the Vols and Lady Vols welcome 60 teams and over 1,200 athletes to Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium for the 47th annual Sea Ray Relays from April 11-13.
- With no women's heptathlon or men's Scott Hartman Decathlon, action is slated to begin on Thursday evening with the women's and men's hammer throw competitions. The women will take the field at 4 p.m., and the men will follow at 6:30 p.m.
- Friday's full slate gets underway at 12:15 p.m. with the men's open discus. The first running event, the women's 3,000-meter, will take place at 12:35 p.m. The final event of day two is the men's 10,000m run at 8:15 p.m.
- While the first event of Saturday is the women's invitational discus at noon, the second-annual "Sea Ray Showcase" is set to start at 12:30 p.m. and offers a fan-friendly window of the meet's best races.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
- The Sea Ray Relays will feature a FREE online broadcast for the competition on Friday and Saturday and is available on UTSports.com.
- Live results through AdkinsTrak and Branch Sports Technology, as well as additional information for the meet can be found at the Track & Field Meet Central page on UTSports.com.
- Live results will also be available on mobile devices. iPhone users can add the Sea Ray Relays live results icon to their home page by visiting the mobile results page.
- 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 Sea Ray Relays #SeaRayRelays.
SEA RAY RELAYS HISTORY
- Originally known as the Dogwood Relays, the meet has been held every year since 1967 and has recently featured a field between 800 and 1,200 athletes from schools and affiliations through the South, Midwest and Northeast.
- The Tony Wilson Memorial Trophy is given each year to the most outstanding male and female athlete in both the running and field events at the Sea Ray Relays.
- The trophy is named in honor of Wilson, who was the SEC high jump champion in 1971 while competing for UT. Wilson competed for the Vols from 1969 until he died from a cerebral hemorrhage on March 12, 1973.
- Pittsburgh's Brycen Spratling (men's running), Illinois State's Tim Glover (men's field), Tennessee's Ellen Wortham (women's running) and Illinois State's Brittany Smith (women's field) were last season's winners.
SEA RAY SHOWCASE
- The second-annual Sea Ray Showcase features a fan-friendly viewing window for the best races of the meet on Saturday.
- The Showcase will consist of the men's and women's heats and sections for seven different events, including the 200m, 1500m, 800m, 400m, 100m, distance medley and 4x100m relays.
- On the infield, the men's and women's invitational discus, men's and women's long jump and men's high jump will be underway.
- The Sea Ray Showcase will conclude with the honoring of UT's seniors at approximately 1:45 p.m.
- The 2013 Tennessee track & field senior recognition will conclude the Sea Ray Showcase at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday.
- Three Vol seniors will be honored, including Chris Bodary, Breon Dixon and Drew Thomas.
- There are five Lady Vol seniors, including Jessie Harrison, Kia Jackson, Kelsey Kane, Martinique Octave and Nijgia Snapp.
- The Lady Vols' 4x800m relay of Brittney Jackson, Kianna Ruff, Kelsey Kane and Nijgia Snapp broke both the Florida Relays and Percy Beard Track records last week with a readout of 8:28.81.
- The mark bested a record held by Tennessee's Rolanda Bell, Sarah Bowman, Phoebe Wright and Chanelle Price. The previous mark was 8:28.99.
- For the event, it's the fastest time in the world in 2013. Michigan's mark of 8:33.54 currently ranks second in the world for 2013. It is the seventh-fastest time ever recorded in the event for the UT women.
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 indoor 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 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.
SEA RAY RELAYS RECORD BOOK