Bailey, Blankenship Ready for NACAC
Aug. 7, 2014

KAMLOOPS, Canada -- Tennessee rising senior Tavis Bailey and rising junior Jake Blankenship will represent the United States team Friday at the NACAC U23 Championships.

Bailey will compete in the discus throw and Blankenship in the pole vault on the first afternoon of the three-day international meet.

"We're honored to have both Jake and Tavis represent Tennessee track and field in this international competition," Tennessee director of track and field Beth Alford-Sullivan said. "They've both been very diligent and very dedicated though out the summer for this, and we're excited to see what they can do. We're looking forward to seeing how the U.S. performs."

Bailey is coming off a career years in both the discus and shot put. He earned the bronze medal at the NCAA outdoor championships in the discus throw with a distance of 62.14 meters (203 feet, 10 inches).

His career best throw came at home at the Tennessee Challenge with a school-record mark of 64.51m (211-7).

Blankenship's 2014 spring season was interrupted with a leg injury that kept him out of competition from January through mid-April, but he finished strong. He returned to action at the Penn Relays and later earned the silver medal at the SEC Championships and, like Bailey, bronze at the NCAA Championships.

His best vault of the season was 5.64m (18-6) at the conference meet.

The field includes representatives from 31 nations located in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Competitors must be under the age of 23, so the meet becomes a collegiate showcase of sorts.





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