Vols win 4x200 wheel at Penn

The 10th-ranked Tennessee men’s 4x200 relay team earned the sixth 4x200 relay wheel in school history Saturday in front of an announced crowd of 49,831 at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

“We had a very successful day at the Penn Relays,” associate head coach George Watts said. “The sprint crew had a great day with a very competitive 4x100 that featured the best handoffs of the season. They came back 55 minutes later as heavy favorites in the 4x200 and did not disappoint. It was great to see Rubin Williams and Matthieu Pritchett come away with a victory at the Penn Relays in their senior year. We ran a solid 4x800 relay, as Andrew Dawson ran another strong anchor leg.”

Tennessee’s 4x200 relay team of Matthieu Pritchett, Evander Wells, Kyle Stevenson and Rubin Williams won the event in 1:22.20 while a gusty wind blew over Franklin Field. The victory gives UT six Penn Relays titles in the event and ties the Vols with Texas Christian for the most in meet history. Tennessee also leads in shuttle hurdle relay Penn titles with 15 and joins TCU and Villanova as the only schools to have the most titles in two different relays. The Vols now have 32 Penn Relays wheels, fifth-most in meet history.

“It was a good accomplishment and good feeling to win the 4x200,” Williams said. “It’s my first wheel at Penn and we had a real good shot at winning both relays. It was a little bit of a disappointment not to win the 4x100.”

The quartet of Pritchett, Wells, Stevenson and Williams missed a second Penn wheel by three-hundredths of a second in the 4x100 relay. The Vols passed the baton around the track in 39.21, a time that ranks eighth on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the event, finishing second to LSU’s 39.18 time.

Tennessee’s 4x800 relay team of Yarrick Kincaid, Axel Mostrag, Paul Cross and Andrew Dawson finished fourth with a 7:25.44 time. Dawson recorded a split of 1:48.6 on the anchor leg after anchoring the Vols to an eighth-place finish in the distance medley relay Friday.

At the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, the Vols earned one personal-best mark and a new regional-qualifying mark, courtesy of John Hewitt’s 52.42 time in the 400 hurdles.

“We had some people that competed well in adverse conditions today (at Drake),” head coach Bill Webb said. “Akeem Hardnett did well in the triple jump. We had a quick circle in the discus, and Nick (Panezich) did a good job performance-wise in that. John Hewitt had a nice race in windy conditions. Overall, we didn’t get the marks we wanted because of the windy and cold conditions, but I like the way we competed with the group we brought here.”

Junior Akeem Hardnett finished sixth in the triple jump with his wind-aided leap of 51-2 3/4. Fellow juniors Nick Panezich and Richard Wooten competed in the hammer throw, with Wooten’s 194-11 effort placing 15th and Panezich’s throw of 184-2 placing 20th. Panezich also threw the discus 166-0 and finished fifth.

The Vols return to competition May 6 after breaking for exams as they host the Smoky Mountain Men’s Twilight. The meet serves as Tennessee’s final tune up before the SEC Outdoor Championships, scheduled for May 15-18 in Auburn, Ala.

Penn Relays, Philadelphia, Penn.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Champ. of America 4x100
2.Tennessee39.21* SB
(Pritchett, Wells, Stevenson and Williams)
Champ. of America 4x200
(Pritchett, Wells, Stevenson and Williams)
Champ. of America 4x800
(Kincaid, Mostrag, Cross and Dawson)
Drake Relays, Des Moines, Iowa
Saturday, April 26, 2008
400 hurdles
1.Justin Gaymon, Ga.49.26
17.John Hewitt, Tenn.52.42* PR
High jump
1.Ehi Oaman, N. Iowa7-0 1/4*
--Brenard Wilson, Tenn.No Height
Triple jump
1.Kyle Jenkins, Ind.53-5 3/4w
6.Akeem Hardnett, Tenn.51-2 3/4w
1.Clendon Henderson, Liberty181-11
5.Nick Panezich, Tenn.166-0
Hammer throw
1.Cody Martin, Auburn238-9*
15.Richard Wooten, Tenn.194-11*
20.Nick Panezich, Tenn.184-2
PR-personal-best mark; SB-season-best mark; *-NCAA regional-qualifying mark; w-wind-aided mark.





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