Williams Notches First Provisional Qualifier to Win 200 at Kentucky Invitational

Jan. 15, 2005


Freshman Rubin Williams put in his early bid to lead the Tennessee sprinting corps with a provisional-qualifying winner in the 200-meter dash and silver in the 60 to close the Kentucky Invitational Saturday at Nutter Field House in Lexington, Ky.

Williams posted the first NCAA provisional qualifier of his young career with a golden 21.03-second clocking in the 200. The San Jose, Calif., native added a second-place, 6.78 finish in the 60 final to round out a promising workday. Williams' 6.75 preliminary effort in the 60, the day's second-fastest overall and fastest by a collegian, falls just three-hundredths of a second off the NCAA provisional cutoff in the short sprint.

"Our highlight of the meet was Rubin having a good double [in the 200 and 60]," head coach Bill Webb said. "I'm pleased with Rubin and what we did in the hurdles. We have work to do in some areas. We'll be solid in others. We know where we are in a lot of areas now. We look forward to getting a look at our distance guys next week when they open up."

Aries Merritt and Robert Boulware also looked impressive in 60 hurdles preliminary action. Merritt, who already owns a strong NCAA provisional mark from his 55 hurdles effort last week, ran a 7.99, the third-fastest prelim time. Just two weeks to the day after the Vols' Cotton Bowl triumph, dual sporter Boulware followed with the fifth-fastest prelim time in 8.01. Though both Merritt and Boulware qualified for the 60 hurdles finals, the Tennessee coaching staff had seen enough and pulled them from the final. However, freshman Drew Brunson ran the final, finishing 13th in a season-best 8.22.

In the day's only middle distance action, Kenny Schappert led the Vols in the 800 with his third-place, 1:53.03 effort. Frank Francois finished eighth in 1:53.71.



After a fourth-place finish in the triple jump Friday night, Eric Pierce offered up a third-place, 23-0 3/4 long jump Saturday.

In the 400, Jacob Dennis ran to seventh in 48.77 and was followed by Jeremy Burton's 11th-place, 49.38 time. Burton also took 20th in the 200 in 22.37.

In other sprinting action, Jonathan Wade and Matthieu Pritchett joined Williams in the 60 and 200. Wade took ninth in the 200 with a 21.70 time and 11th in the 60 with a 6.87, after running a 6.80 in the 60 prelims. Pritchett began his Tennessee career with a ninth-place, 6.86 time in the 60 and 13th-place, 21.90 in the 200.

Heptathletes Jangy Addy and Kevin Yeager also got in some training. In multievent preparation, Addy placed seventh in the long jump (22-7), tied for 27th in the 60 (7.12) and 28th in the 800 (2:16.14). Yeager finished 24th in the 800 in 2:05.18.

Tennessee splits the squad Friday and Saturday for ETSU's Niswonger Invitational and the Clemson Opener.

Kentucky Invitational, Lexington, Ky.
Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005
1. Mardy Scales, Unatt.6.74 Q
2. Rubin Williams, Tenn.6.75 Q
4. Jonathan Wade, Tenn.6.80 Q
7t. Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.6.86 Q
27t. Jangy Addy, Tenn.7.12
1. Mardy Scales, Unatt.6.70 *
2. Rubin Willams, Tenn.6.78
9. Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.6.86
11. Jonathan Wade, Tenn.6.87
1. Rubin Williams, Tenn.21.03*
9. Jonathan Wade, Tenn.21.70
13. Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.21.90
20. Jeremy Burton, Tenn. 22.37
1. Damion Barry, Auburn46.99*
7. Jacob Dennis, Tenn.48.77
11. Jeremy Burton, Tenn.49.38
1. Peter Etoot, Ala.1:51.21
3. Kenny Schappert, Tenn.1:53.03
8. Frank Francois, Tenn.1:53.71
24. Kevin Yeager, Tenn.2:05.18
28. Jangy Addy, Tenn.2:16.14
60 hurdles-preliminaries
1. Karl Jennings, Unatt.7.93 Q
3. Aries Merritt, Tenn.7.99 Q
5. Robert Boulware, Tenn.8.01 Q
11. Drew Brunson, Tenn.8.25 Q
60 hurdles-final
1. Joel Brown, Unatt.7.76 *
13. Drew Brunson, Tenn.8.22 SB
Long jump
1. Isaac Robinson, Unatt.24-1 3/4
3. Eric Pierce, Tenn.23-0 3/4
7. Jangy Addy, Tenn.22-7
Q-qualified for event finals; SB-season best mark; PR-personal record/career best; *-NCAA indoor provisional qualifier; **-NCAA indoor automatic qualifer.


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