Jan. 14, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. --The Tennessee track & field teams produced five event wins on the weekend, including four on the final day of the Kentucky Invitational on Saturday at Nutter Field House.
"Overall, it was a good start for the men's and women's teams," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "We are in better position than we have been on both sides for a while. We just need to keep our noses to the grindstone, continue working hard and we'll be O.K."
Vol redshirt freshman Matthew Hoty and Lady Vol senior Annie Alexander gave the Big Orange an impressive sweep of shot put titles at the meet. Hoty won the competition on his first throw, but his 58 feet, 7 1/2-inch mark of record came on attempt number five, giving him a victory in his first collegiate competition. The performance topped Chip Kell's 1968 UT freshman record heave of 58-7 and was the No. 12 all-time indoor mark in school history.
"It was outstanding for Matthew to break a freshman record that had stood that long," Clark said. "After he redshirted last season, we wanted to see Matt come into this meet and throw far. We're excited about what he can contribute to our team this season and in the years to come."
Alexander, the SEC champion outdoors last season, easily won the women's battle, tossing the ball 52-9 1/4 for the ninth indoor shot triumph of her career. Sophomore teammate Aslynn Halvorson was fifth at 47-10.
"Annie is a proven champion, and we know what she can do," Clark said. "She's just getting started, and we look forward to watching her build upon that as the year progresses."
Sophomore Chase Brannon was upwardly-mobile on the UT charts as well, sailing over the bar at a career-best height of 17-7 1/2 to win the pole vault title and climb to No. 9 on the Vols' indoor list in that event. Sophomore teammate Tyler Porter also carded a personal record, clearing 16-5 1/2 to finish third.
"It was a huge PR for Chase, and he had some pretty good cracks at 17-9," Clark said. "It's just an outstanding opening meet for him, and I am very, very pleased to see him start things with such a fine performance."
Junior Nijgia Snapp added Tennessee's final first-place finish of the meet. Her 2:08.55 readout earned her the win in the 800 meters, her first indoors as a Lady Vol in that event after taking second four times last season. Sophomore Kianna Ruff was fifth at 2:11.18.
"She was second here last season, and it was nice to see her come back and win in 2012," Clark said. "It's just another positive step for her and one for our program as well."
The Big Orange didn't get any victories in the sprint area, but there were signs of development. Vol freshman Jamol James, who just joined the team last week, took third in the 60m dash with a solid 6.78 readout. Senior Varick Tucker nabbed third in the 400 and was the top collegiate finisher with his 48.16 readout, while Lady Vol seniors Ashley Harris and Brittany Jones posted fourth-place finishes in the 60 meters (7.62) and 200 meters (24.57), respectively.
"Jamol coming in after a week of training and weights and running a 6.78 was great to see for our sprint group," Clark said. "I also was pleased with Jarael Nelvis and Reggie Juin for picking things up in that area. I believe we will only continue to get better."
Tennessee added a pair of third-place finishes in the mile run. Vol junior Chris Bodary posted a 10-second personal best of 4:10.93 on the men's side, while senior Chanelle Price produced a 4:47.47 count in the women's race.
"I want to congratulate Desmond Brown's performance in the long jump on Friday night as well," Clark said. "He dealt with a lot of injuries last season, and it is really good to see him come back and have an effort like that. We anticipate that he will continue to get stronger as the year goes on."
Tennessee returns to action Jan. 20-21 at the Auburn Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. The meet will be held at the new Crossplex.
Shot Put: 1. Matthew Hoty, 58-7.50/17.87m!fr
Pole Vault: 1. Chase Brannon, 17-7.50/5.32m!; 3. Tyler Porter, 16-5.50/5.02m!; NH - Robert Rasnick
60m Final: 3. Jamol James, 6.78!; 6. Jarael Nelvis, 6.93; 7. Desmond Brown, 6.99; 8. Reggie Juin, 7.00!
Mile: 3. Chris Bodary, 4:10.93^!; 18. Daniel Tobin, 4:22.93^; 22. Stephen Derlath, 4:29.11^!; 26. Jack Felix, 4:34.69^!
400m: 3. Varick Tucker, 48.16^; 9. Terry Benson, 49.68^; 15. Michael Williams, 50.47^!; 16. David Hayes, 51.15^!; 21. Breon Dixon, 52.31^!
4x400m Relay: 3. Michael Williams / Jarael Nelvis / Terry Benson / Varick Tucker, 3:16.50^; DNF - "B" relay
Triple Jump: 4. Tyler Anderson, 45-3.50/13.80m!
60mH Final: 6. Terry Benson, 8.32; DNF - Michael Williams
200m: 15. Tyler Anderson, 23.92^!; DQ - David Hayes
800m: 19. Scott March, 1:59.74^!
3000m: 22. Tom Gilmartin, 8:38.80^; 31. Alex McCandless, 8:55.01^; 35. Austin Whitelaw, 9:14.76^!
60m Prelims: Adv. Jamol James, 6.81p!/1st, ht. 3 (1st); Adv. Jarael Nelvis, 6.95p/2nd, ht. 2 (6th); Adv. Desmond Brown, 7.03p/3rd, ht. 4 (9th); Adv. Reggie Juin, 7.04p!/4th, ht. 4 (10th)
60mH Prelims: Adv. Terry Benson, 8.33p/3rd, ht. 2 (6th); Adv. Michael Williams, 8.63p!/7th, ht. 1 (12th)
Long Jump: 1. Desmond Brown, 24-4.25/7.42m; 2. Tyler Anderson, 23-2/7.06m!
Weight Throw: 4. Drew Thomas, 55-11.25/17.06m; 7. Deon McAdoo, 50-2/15.29m; 8. Carson Frost, 46-6/14.17m
High Jump: 8. Derek McClardy, 6-2.25/1.89m
Shot Put: 1. Annie Alexander, 52-9.25/16.08m; 5. Aslynn Halvorson, 47-10/14.58m
800m: 1. Nijgia Snapp, 2:08.55^; 5. Kianna Ruff, 2:11.18^; 15. Elizabeth Altizer, 2:19.76^; 16. Chelsea Knotts, 2:21.98^
Mile: 3. Chanelle Price, 4:47.47^; 13. Amber Zimmerman, 5:04.60^; 24. Kelsey Kane, 5:08.18^!; 41. Patavia Lowery, 5:21.23^; 44. Elizabeth Altizer, 5:27.55^
60m Final: 4. Ashley Harris, 7.62!; 5. Kia Jackson, 7.64; 6. Brittany Jones, 7.67
200m: 4. Brittany Jones, 24:57^; 7. Ashley Harris, 24.87^; 10. Martinique Octave, 25.29^; 12. Kia Jackson, 25.53^; 23. Julia Petree, 26.26^!; 25. Kasha McDougald, 26.44^!; 26. Jazmen Townsend, 26.54^!; 28. Bianca Blair, 26.67^
4x400m Relay: 5. Kianna Ruff / Ashley Harris / Chanelle Price / Nijgia Snapp, 3:46.28^; 11. Kasha McDougald / Kirstyn Sweeney / Bianca Blair / Elizabeth Altizer, 4:01.49^
60mH Final: 6. Bianca Blair, 8.69
3000m: 6. Brittany Sheffey, 9:44.52^; 41. Elizabeth Tiller, 11:45.37^
Triple Jump: 6. Allison Outerbridge, 38-11.50/11.87m!
400m: 9. Martinique Octave, 56.53^; 19. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 58.60^!; 20. Julia Petree, 58.61^; 27. Kirstyn Sweeney, 60.25^
60mH Prelims: Adv. Bianca Blair, 8.83p/3rd, ht. 2 (10th); 23. Kirstyn Sweeney, 9.77p/7th, ht. 3; DNF - Kasha McDougald
60m Prelims: Adv. Kia Jackson, 7.66p/1st, ht. 3 (4th); Adv. Brittany Jones, 7.67p/2nd, ht. 2 (5th); Adv. Ashley Harris, 7.68p/2nd, ht. 1 (6th)
Weight Throw: 2. Jessie Harrison, 59-2/18.03m; 8. Aslynn Halvorson, 50-4.75/15.63m
Long Jump: 6. Ellen Wortham, 18-8.50/5.70m; 13. Kia Jackson, 17-7.50/5.37m; 19. Jazmen Townsend, 16-7/5.05m
Pole Vault: 8. Erin Champion, 12-2.50/3.72m; 10. Linda Hadfield, 12-2.50/3.72m
NH - no height, m - meters, ! - personal record