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Addy, Berry Earn SEC Postseason Awards

Two members of the Tennessee men’s track and field team garnered SEC postseason awards Monday as the conference announced team captain Jangy Addy as SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and pole vaulter Joseph Berry as SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year.

Addy, the conference’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, earned his recognition on the strength of his 3.56 undergraduate GPA in journalism and electronic media to go with his four SEC individual titles and three All-America certificates. At the SEC Outdoor Championships, Addy won the decathlon, his fourth conference multi-event title in a row, with a personal-best score of 8,010 points. The Norcross, Ga., native’s score makes him just the 62nd American and fifth UT athlete to eclipse the 8,000-point mark in the decathlon.

Berry became the first freshman since 1997 to win the SEC pole vault crown with his 17-2 3/4 clearance. His personal-best mark broke the Hutsell-Rosen Track facility record, is the highest in the conference this season and ranks fourth in the Mideast Region. The Horsham, Pa., native has won the pole vault at four straight meets and in five out of seven this outdoor season. Berry began his winning streak on April 18th as he broke the Vanderbilt Track facility record and Vanderbilt Invitational meet record, both formerly held by UT All-America Michael Hogue, with his 17-1clearance.

In addition to the individual honors handed out Monday, Berry and decathlete Michael Ayers were named to the SEC All-Freshman Team, which recognizes the highest-finishing freshman in each event from the SEC Outdoor Championships. Ayers finished third in the decathlon with a personal-best score of 7,360, which is the third-best decathlon score by a freshman in school history.

The Vols return to action this weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships.
2008 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Awards
Male Runner of the Year: Richard Thompson, LSU
Male Field Athlete of the Year: Cory Martin, Auburn
Male Freshman Runner of the Year: Johnny Dutch, SC
Male Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Joseph Berry, Tennessee
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jangy Addy, Tennessee
Male Coach of the Year: John McDonnell, Arkansas




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