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    Rocky Danners     
     
      Rocky Danners
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Killeen, Texas

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 155

Event:
Pole Vault/Hurdles

Experience:
3L

2002-Outdoor- Named to SEC Good Works Team for his community service efforts ... Won Most Valuable Field Athlete at team banquet ... Capped his finest season as a Volunteer by securing his second All-America certificate of the 2002 season at the NCAA Outdoors ... At the NCAA Outdoors (May 30), Danners proved as good as his premeet ranking with a third-place, 17-10 1/2 clearance to contribute valuable points to the Vol runner-up cause ... Bested the 23-man field at the SEC Outdoors with a provisional 17-11 leap to become the 2002 conference pole vault king and contribute valuable points the the Tennessee title run ... Became the first Vol to sweep the indoor and outdoor SEC pole vault titles since the great Lawrence Johnson accomplished the feat in 1996 ... Offered up his lifetime-best, skyscraping clearance of 18-1, a strong provisional mark and ticket to the NCAAs, to take second to Vol legend Tim Mack at the Sea Ray Relays (April 13) ... Helped Tennessee defend its 32-year home winning streak at the Gatorade Classic with a provisional, 17-7 height to take pole vault gold ... Won the Cal Invitational pole vault to help Tennessee to the team win with a 17-7 leap.

2002-Indoor- Won All-America acclaim after tying for sixth at the NCAA Indoors (March 9) at 17-7 3/4, just four inches lower than the champion, to help secure Tennessee’s first national indoor title ... Peaked for his indoor season-best clearance of 18-0 1/2, an automatic qualfier for nationals, to clinch victor’s laurels in the pole vault at the SEC Indoor Championships (Feb. 23) ... Took runner-up honors with a 17-4 1/2 provisional leap in the pole vault to help the Vols to the Armory Invitational team win ... Cleared a provisional 17-4 1/2 bar to take second in the pole vault and help Tennessee to the SEC Eastern Division Challenge win ... Won the Kroger Invitational pole vault at Virginia Tech with a provisional 17-9 effort.

2001-Outdoor- Danners suffered through an injury-plagued 2001 indoor and outdoor campaign...Lifted off for a second-place, 17-2 3/4 season-best effort on the home track at the Sea Ray Relays (April 13)...Cleared 15-11 to earn eighth at the Baldy Castillo Invitational at Arizona State...No heighted after coming in at 15-9 1/4 at the SEC Championships after pole snapped throwing him to mat in warm ups...Clocked a 53.57 in a 400M hurdles outing at the Penn Relays...Led the Vols for the season in the triple jump with a winning 43-8 measurement at the Florida Field Events Invitational.

Indoor- Scraped the sky for a season-best, provisional 17-4 1/2 vault to best the field at the Pepsi Valentine's Invitational (Feb. 10) at Virginia Tech in addition to leaping 23-9 in the long jump...Won the vault with a provisional 17-2 3/4 lift off at the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame...Won the SEC Quad with a clearance of 17-0 1/4...Cleared 16-8 3/4 to follow Tim Mack and Lawrence Johnson at the Tennessee All-Comers Meet...Hamstring injury led to no height at SEC Indoors.

2000-Outdoor- Won Ironman Award at track banquet... Danners proved to be one of Tennessee's most productive and versatile freshmen...Earned his spot in the NCAA Championships by clearing a PR and provisional height of 17-9 1/4 to win the Olympic development section of the pole vault at the Gatorade Twilight Meet (May 18) in Knoxville...Stands eighth on Tennessee's all-time pole vault list with his 17-9 1/4...Danners nearly scored and just missed All-America honors by finishing 10th by clearing 17-4 1/2 in his first NCAA Championships performance...Won the USATF Junior National Championships with his 17-2 3/4 vault to earn a ticket to the World Junior Championships...Danners claimed bronze, the only American to medal, at the World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile by vaulting 17-0 3/4...Was one of several Vols who contributed an unselfish performance at the SEC Championships...At the SECs, Danners sacrificed his pole vault height to run back and forth from the 400M hurdles and the 4x100M relay to add points to the Tennessee cause in each event...Danners finished the SEC pole vault competition tied for seventh by clearing 16-2 3/4 despite splitting his pole vault time between three events...At the SECs, Danners also finished the 400M hurdles in eighth after running a 52.44...He also ran a leg in the Vols' sixth-place 4x100M relay team at the SECs... Cleared his first provisional pole vault height of the season, 17-7, at the Knoxville Invitational (April 30) to finish second just two weeks after he suffered a hand laceration requiring seven stitches when his pole snapped at the Sea Ray Relays...Won the pole vault with 16-6 3/4 clearance and took third in the 400M hurdles in 53.90 at the SEC Quad (April 1) in Auburn, Ala. ...Danners also served as Tennessee's co-high scorer with Hassaan Stamps by scoring 16.75 points for the Vols at the SEC Quad...Earned third at the Florida Relays (March 25) by jumping 16-11...Ran his 400M hurdles PR of 51.75 at the National Invitational Team Championships (April 21) in Austin, Texas...Member of Tennessee's second-place 4x400M relay team at the SEC Quad and the winning 4x400M relay team at the Hurricane Invitational (March 18)...Ran the second leg of the third-place shuttle hurdle relay team (56.32) at the Penn Relays...Danners competed in the 100M dash, 200M dash, 110M hurdles, 400M hurdles, 4x100M relay, shuttle hurdle relay and triple jump at different times this season.

Indoor- Earned second-tie at the SEC Indoors by clearing 16-8 3/4...Leaped 16-7 1/2 to take third at the UT All-Comers Meet... Second at the Kroger Invitational by clearing his indoor season-best 17-0...One of three Vols who served as Tennessee high-scorers with 15 points at the SEC Quad in Lexington, Ky. ...At the SEC Quad, Danners won the pole vault (16-8) and contributed sixth-place finishes in the 200M dash (22.31) and triple jump (46-5 1/4) in only his second week at Tennessee.

HIGH SCHOOL- Tabbed as an immediate impact signee...Soared to 17-1 to capture the Lone Star State's high school championship in the pole vault in 1999...A proficient hurdler, as well, Danners clocked in at 52.96 in the 400M hurdles and 37.01 in the 300M hurdles at Ellison High School.

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