June 4, 2013
- A combined 12 University of Tennessee track & field athletes will trek to the Pacific Northwest for the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus this week.
- The four-day meet begins Wednesday, June 5 and extends through Saturday, June 8 and features the top 24 athletes and relay teams in each event. The qualifiers consist of the 12 best performers from the NCAA East and West Preliminary Round meets.
- The Volunteers will send five individual participants and one relay team, while the Lady Vols have three individual competitors representing the Orange and White in Track Town, USA.
- While the combined events lead off each day's action other than Saturday, the main events are in compact 2-3 hour blocks. UT's first event will feature a trio of Vols in the men's pole vault competition at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
- The ESPN family of networks will broadcast the majority of the meet between ESPN3 and ESPNU, with supplementary webcasting on the Pac-12 Live stream.
- The full meet broadcast schedule can be found here.
- Live results are available via Flash Results and can be found right here.
- Also be sure to follow the Tennessee track & field team on twitter at @Vol_Track for in-meet updates. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #NCAATF
BIG ORANGE QUALIFIERS
- The Vols' NCAA qualifying group grew from last season, when six athletes qualified for three events. This season, nine Vols will compete in four events at nationals.
- The only team to do so this season, Tennessee earned three of the available 24 qualifying positions in the men's pole vault. A SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, Jake Blankenship will look to lead the trio in the event. Blankenship's lifetime best vault of 18-feet, 4.75-inches (5.61m) stands as the fifth-best in the country in 2013.
- Juniors Chase Brannon and Tyler Porter will also jump on the opening night of the meet. Brannon finished eighth at last season's NCAA Championships, while both Blankenship and Porter will make their first appearance at the outdoor nationals.
- Additional Vol field athletes heading to Eugene will be throwers Tavis Bailey and Kyle Quinn. Bailey was the final qualifier out of the East Region in the men's discus, recording a mark of 178-feet, 9-inches (54.49m). The sophomore owns a personal record of 196-6 (59.91m) in the event, which he set this season.
- Quinn posted a lifetime best at the NCAA East Preliminary meet, finishing seventh with a mark of 231-7 (70.59m) in the javelin throw. Quinn is the 15th-seeded qualifier in the event. It will be the first NCAA Championships appearance for both throwers.
- On the track, the Vol 4x100-meter relay returns to the NCAA Championships for the second straight year. The same foursome finished seventh at last season's nationals. After mixing up the order, Arnez Hardnick, Jarael Nelvis, Reggie Juin and Jamol James posted their best time of the season at the NCAA East Preliminary meet. The squad punched its ticket by finishing second in its heat, crossing the line in 39.58 seconds. The group enters the meet seeded sixth.
- The Lady Vols will send three to Hayward Field, as freshman Felicia Brown and seniors Kia Jackson and Nijgia Snapp all make their first individual appearance at the outdoor championship.
- A SEC All-Freshman Team member, Brown posted a UT freshman record in the women's 400m at regionals, clocking in at 52.33 to finish second in her heat. That mark seeds the rookie ninth in the event.
- A two-time All-American in relay events, Jackson will make her first NCAA Championships appearance in the long jump this season. The Lithonia, Ga., native posted a mark of 20-1 (6.12m) in Greensboro to earn her way to Oregon. The lifetime best currently seeds Jackson 21st.
- After appearing in the 800m at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Snapp earned her first individual outdoor bid by running the event in 2:07.50 at regionals. The senior squeaked in with an 11th-place finish, but has run a PR of 2:05 this season.
TENNESSEE AT THE TITLE MEET
- The Volunteers have claimed three NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including two at Hayward Field. The Vols won both the 2001 and 1991 titles in Eugene after bringing their first track & field trophy to Rocky Top in 1974.
- The Tennessee men have won 32 individual national championships, with the last coming in 2006 when Aries Merritt set a 110-meter hurdles NCAA meet record. Merritt, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and current world record holder, won the 2006 title in 13.21 seconds.
- In terms of this season's events, the Vols have won two pole vault titles all-time, both by Lawrence Johnson. Johnson set a NCAA meet record en route to the title in 1996, eclipsing 19-1 (5.82m). The Vols have also won two javelin and a pair of 4x100m relay championships.
- On the women's side, Tennessee claimed the 1981 AIAW Outdoor National Championships and possesses 25 all-time outdoor individual titles.
- Phoebe Wright claimed the last NCAA Outdoor title for the Lady Vols, winning the 800m in 2:01.40 in 2010. UT has won five outdoor titles in the 800m all-time.
- Olympians Dee Dee Trotter and Tianna Madison also won championships during their tenure as Lady Vols. Madison won both the 2005 indoor and outdoor long jump titles, while Trotter won the 2004 400m race in Austin, Texas.