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    Marc Sylvester     
     
      Marc Sylvester
Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Cleveland, Ohio

High School:
St. Ignatius

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 170

Event:
400/ 800/1,500

Experience:
2L

Elected team co-captain with Sean Lambert for 2004 squad.

2003-Outdoor- Won Volunteer Award for the toughest competitor at team banquet ... His opportunistic charge to victor's laurels in the 800m run at the SEC Outdoors stands as one of the most memorable moments of the 2003 season ... Seemingly hopelessly boxed in and languishing in fifth place with only 150 meters to go, Sylvester found a crack in the pack in front of him, passing everyone on a mad 50-meter dash to the finish line at the SEC Outdoors to freeze the clock at 1:46.56, his season-best (May 18) ... The time of 1:46.56 stands as a regional qualifier, the fourth-fastest time in collegiate track in 2003 and the top Vol time of the year ... Took the second leg of Tennessee's 4x400m relay and helped the Vol quartet race to a fourth-place, season-best time of 3:05.56, a regional qualifier, to cap the SEC Outdoor meet (May 18) ... Ran to a third-place, 1:50.02 finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional to secure his ticket for the 800m run in the NCAA Championships ... Also ran the third leg on Tennessee's ninth-place, 3:14.09 4x400m relay at the NCAA Mideast Regional ... After battling a viral infection for a week, Sylvester didn't have enough in the tank to advance past the 800m run prelims at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, resulting in a disappointing 22nd-place, 1:50.60 performance ... Capped his sophomore season with a 1:49:37 time at the USA Outdoor Championships to take 12th in the semifinals ... Pieced together a solid 1,500m run debut, clocking in at a regional-qualifying 3:49.53, best among Vols in 2003, in his first crack at the race at the Stanford Invitational (March 29) ... Gave Tennessee a lead on the first leg of the distance medley relay which the Vols would never relinquish to finish in 9:54.18 at the Florida State Relays ... Also led off the third-place 4x400m relay to a 3:14.92 season-opening time in Tallahassee ... Although ill, helped Tennessee squeak out a one-point win at the SEC Triangular in Columbia, S.C., placing seventh in the 800m run with a 1:54.71 time ... Took fifth in 1:48.56, his first 800m run regional qualifier of the young season, at the Sea Ray Relays ... Assigned the third leg on Tennessee's winning 4x800m relay (7:28.04) and ran the second leg on the Vols' 11th-place, 3:14.01 effort in the 4x400m relay ... Authored a masterful 800m anchor leg, a 1:46.3 split, to make up a deficit and then hold off South Carolina's Otukile Lekote to secure Tennessee's fourth sprint medley relay title at the Penn Relays ... The Vol sprint medley quartet posted a 3:14.41 steamer, the second-fastest time in school history, at Penn's venerable Franklin Field ... Also anchored the fourth-place, 4x800m relay team to a 7:21.91 effort to close Tennessee's participation in the 2003 Penn Relays ... Took second in 1:49.56, just two-hundredths of a second off the winning time, in the invitational 800m run at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Classic.

2003-Indoor- Redshirted.

2002-Outdoor- Won Most Valuable Freshman Award for track at team banquet ... First Vol to sweep indoor and outdoor All-America honors in the 800m run since Tennessee great Jose' Parrilla pulled the feat in 1994 ... Raced to his lifetime-best 800m run clocking of 1:46.21 to take sixth and earn All-America acclaim at the NCAA Outdoors (May 30) ... The smoking 1:46.21 stands as the second-fastest ever by a Volunteer ... Wrote his ticket to the NCAA meet with a 1:46.79, a NCAA automatic qualifier, in a third-place finish at the SEC Outdoors to help Tennessee defend its team title ... With the team title decided, also took the third leg of Tennessee's seventh-place, 3:08.11 4x400m relay effort at SECs ... Clocked in at an automatic-qualifying 1:47.30 in a great 800m run field at the Sea Ray Relays to take fourth ... Put in an active day at the Penn Relays (April 27) by anchoring Tennessee's third-place 4x800m relay, leading the Vols with a 1:47.1 split, to a 7:21.71 finish, the third-fastest time in the U.S. in 2002 and a runner-up, provisionally-qualified, 3:06.32 4x400m relay effort ... Ran a monster anchor leg on Tennessee's winning 4x800m relay (7:25.45) to take home the top prize at the Sea Ray Relays ... Defeated NCAA champ Otukile Lekote of South Carolina with a first-place, 1:48.68 provisional finish at the Gatorade Classic ... Dropped down to start his outdoor season in the 400m dash, where Sylvester won with a lifetime-best 47.46 to preserve a Tennessee team win in the Cal Invitational (March 23).

2002-Indoor- Named SEC Indoor Freshman of the Year ... Set indoor school records in the 600m run and 800m run ... Peaked when his team needed him at the NCAA Indoors with a second-place finish in the 800m run to ignite Tennessee's final-day rally ... Ran a torrid season-best 1:47.41 to earn silver at the NCAA Indoors (March 9) and break the school indoor record in the 800m run, formerly held by Parrilla (1:47.77, 1994) ... Took second for an important eight points, despite entering the NCAA Indoor meet with the fifth-fastest qualifying time ... Raced to a 1:48.33, third-place performance at the SEC Indoors ... Ran a tough third leg on Tennessee's fourth-place, 9:50.40 distance medley relay at the SEC Indoors ... Wasted little time in laying waste to the school indoor 600m run record with a winning 1:18.12 timing at the Kroger Invitational (Jan. 18) at Virginia Tech in just his second race as a Vol ... Took silver in 1:50.57 in the 800m run at the Armory Invitational in New York to propel Tennessee to the team title ... Helped Tennessee take first at the SEC Eastern Division Challenge with a second-place, 1:49.38 effort in the 800m run ... Ran the 400m dash in 48.56 to earn fifth at the Kentucky Invitational ... Also a weapon on the Vol relay front, Sylvester ran the third leg of Tennessee's season-best distance medley relay (9:39.61) at the Armory and 4x400m relay (3:09.68) at the SEC Eastern Division Challenge.

HIGH SCHOOL- 2001 indoor national Nike Champion in the 800m run with a 1:52.75 ... 2001 national champion in the outdoor 800m run with a 1:48.76 ... Ran on 2001 state champ 4x800m relay team in 7:41.9 ... Ran on his school's top 4x400m relay (3:15.13) and 4x800m relay (7:41.2, 1:47.2 split) of his senior season in 2001 ... Earned third at the 2000 FootLocker Outdoor meet in the 800m run (1:49.69) ... State champ in the 800m run (1:52.84) and 4x800m relay (7:47.4) as a sophomore in 1999 ... Ran a 1:54 split on the 4x800m relay to earn fifth at the FootLocker national meet as a freshman in 1998.

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