June 10, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Twelve Tennessee track & field athletes have earned All-America honors, as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its list of All-Americans for the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor season on Monday.
After having just three student-athletes honored indoors in 2013, the Big Orange quadrupled that number during the outdoor campaign, producing one first-team selection, four second-team honorees and seven honorable mention choices.
Highlighting the action at last week's NCAA Outdoor Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., was sophomore Tyler Porter. The Vol pole vaulter finished in a tie for seventh place with a lifetime best vault of 17-feet, 8.5-inches (5.40m). For his efforts, Porter was named to the men's USTFCCCA First Team. It's the first All-America honor of his career.
Second-team Vol honorees include fellow pole vaulters Chase Brannon and Jake Blankenship, as well as redshirt freshman thrower Kyle Quinn. Brannon and Blankenship placed 14th and tied for 15th, respectively, while Quinn carded a 10th-place mark in the men's javelin throw at NCAAs. Freshman sprinter Felicia Brown drew second-team accolades on the women's side. Brown finished 15th in the women's 400-meter.
Honorable mention distinction was accorded to Vols Tavis Bailey (discus), Arnez Hardnick (4x100mR), Jamol James (4x100mR), Reggie Juin (4x100mR) and Jarael Nelvis (4x100mR). Lady Vol seniors Kia Jackson (long jump) and Nijgia Snapp (800m) were also named honorable mention All-Americans.
With three new additions to the list in Porter, Quinn and Bailey, Tennessee track & field has now had a combined 298 All-Americans all-time.
Honors are awarded for performances at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which were held June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.
First-team USTFCCCA All-America honors are awarded to those who earn any portion of a team point at the national championships or reach an eight-entrant final. Second-team All-America honors are handed out to those whose final placing in the national meet ranges from ninth to 16th. Those who participated at the final site but did not place in the meet's top 16 are listed as honorable mention.
VOL USTFCCCA ALL-AMERICANS
Pole Vault: Tyler Porter (t7th, 17-8.50/5.40m)
LADY VOL USTFCCCA ALL-AMERICANS
400m: Felicia Brown (15th, 53.05)