Knoxville Natives Lead Vols In First Day of Kentucky Invitational

Jan. 14, 2005


Three Knoxville natives led the Tennessee track and field squad Friday night in the opening field events of the Kentucky Invitational at Nutter Field House in Lexington, Ky. Andy Lane, Jim Sexton and Chris Wilson all improved on their season-opening efforts from last Friday's Tennessee All-Comers Meet.

West High grad Lane posted the day's biggest improvement by adding six inches to his previous career-best pole vault clearance. Lane earned bronze after successfully navigating the 16-6 3/4 bar, nearly a foot better than his 15-7 3/4 clearance last Friday to open the season. His previous personal record of 16-0 3/4 was achieved in December 2003 at the Clemson Opener. Jeff Trembley placed tied for ninth after a 15-1 clearance in the pole vault after leading the Vols last Friday.

Central High grad Jim Sexton added nearly three feet to his season opener with a fifth-place, 57-0 mark in the weight throw.

Halls High grad Chris Wilson led the Tennessee high jumpers with a 6-8 3/4 leap to earn sixth. Wilson's season-best effort added an inch to his clearance last Friday. Freshman Drew Brunson, a Snellville, Ga., native, took 10th with a 6-6 3/4 jump, matching his height from last week.

Eric Pierce, who sat out last season after transferring from Southern Connecticut State, nabbed fourth in the triple jump with a 46-8 3/4 measurement down the sand pit.

Kentucky Invitational, Lexington, Ky.
Friday, Jan. 14, 2005
High jump
1. Adam Linkenauger, Clemson 7-0 1/4
6. Chris Wilson, Tenn. 6-8 3/4 SB
10. Drew Brunson, Tenn. 6-6 3/4 SB
Pole vault
1. Brad Gebauer, Mich. St. 17-0 3/4 *
3. Andy Lane, Tenn. 16-6 3/4 PR
9-t. Jeff Trembley, Tenn. 15-1
Triple jump
1. Greg Jones, MTSU 48-0 3/4
4. Eric Pierce, Tenn. 46-8 3/4
Weight throw
1. Dan Taylor, Team Nike 77-2 1/2**
5. Jim Sexton, Tenn. 57-0 SB
SB-season best mark; PR-personal record/career best; *-NCAA indoor provisional qualifier; **-NCAA indoor automatic qualifer.




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