Williams Sweeps Short Sprints to Close Penn State National Meet

Jan. 29, 2005

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Penn State's Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track boasts the reputation of being fast. Tennessee freshman sprinter Rubin Williams won't argue that point after winning the 60-meter and 200 and taking second in the 4x400-meter relay to close the Penn State National Meet Saturday in State College, Pa.

After winning the 60 Friday in a lifetime-best, provisional qualifying 6.69 seconds, Williams swept the short sprints by striking gold in the 200 in 21.20 Saturday, also a provisional qualifier though not quite a season best. Hurdler Aries Merritt took fifth in a lifetime-best 21.81. Freshman Matthieu Pritchett took ninth in 21.98.

Williams also authored a squad-best 46.8 split on the second leg of the 4x400 relay. Tennessee's 4x400 quartet of Jeremy Burton, Williams, Drew Brunson and Jacob Dennis finished runner-up in a season-best 3:13.65, just a blink behind host Penn State's 3:13.11.

"We had a few more people emerge today," head coach Bill Webb said. "We look forward to going up against some tough SEC competition next week in New York."

Tennessee's distance medley relay quartet of Dusty Miller, Cade Liverman, Yarrick Kincaid and Tyler DeVault finished third in 9:59.53. Knoxville West grad Miller's 1,200 leg of 2:57.9 served as the highlight for the Vols.

The Vols got more good news in the distance events when Paul Cross rewrote the school's all-time 1,000 list with a 2:27.69 finish to place seventh. In his first time running the rarely contested event, Cross jumped to sixth on UT's all-time list in the 1,000, leapfrogging 1,500 school record holder Tim Pitcher in the process.

In the 3,000, Zach Sabatino finished sixth in 8:16.59. Farragut grad Andy Baksa sliced 11 seconds off his previous career-best time to take ninth in 8:20.31. In the 800, Karns grad Yarrick Kincaid took eighth in 1:53.78. Kenny Schappert finished 14th in 1:54.29.

Halls alum Chris Wilson took silver in a hotly contested high jump. Wilson cleared 6-feet, 8-inches, just an inch off the first-place height. Brunson took eighth with a 6-5 leap. Triple jumper Eric Pierce finished third with a 47-9 3/4 effort.

While Jangy Addy and Chris Helwick didn't finish the heptathlon, Farragut grad Kevin Yeager took up the slack with a third-place, 5,022-point finish. Alex Hritcu followed in sixth with 4,723 points. The next heptathlon will be held at the SEC indoor championships in late February.

In the shot put, Josh Whisman got his first work of the season and contributed a sixth-place, 53-9 heave. Freshman Ell Ash added more than three feet since his last outing to take seventh with a lifetime-best 53-3 3/4 measurement. Pole vaulter Michael Hogue's 16-2 3/4 leap tied for fifth. Andy Lane (15-9) and Jeff Trembley (15-3) finished eighth and 14th, respectively.

Dennis took 11th in 49.12 in the 400. Burton followed in 17th with a season-best 49.30.

Tennessee continues its season Friday and Saturday at the team-scored Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York, N.Y.

1.Rubin Williams, Tenn.21.20 *
5. Aries Merritt, Tenn. 21.81 PR
9. Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn. 21.98
1. Jaret Campisi, Penn St. 47.40
11. Jacob Dennis, Tenn. 49.12
17. Jeremy Burton, Tenn. 49.30 SB
1. Isaiah Cartledge, Long Island 1:51.99
8. Yarrick Kincaid, Tenn. 1:53.78
14. Kenny Schappert, Tenn. 1:54.29
1. Tommy Manning, Georgetown 2:22.54
7. Paul Cross, Tenn. 2:27.69
1. Reid Coolsaet, Unatt. 7:59.23 *
6. Zach Sabatino, Tenn. 8:16.59
9. Andy Baksa, Tenn. 8:20.31 PR
4x400 Relay
1. Penn State 3:13.11
2. Tennessee
(Burton, Williams 46.8, Brunson, Dennis)
3:13.65 SB
Distance medley relay
1. Pittsburgh 9:49.43
3. Tennessee
(Miller 2:57.9, Liverman, Kincaid, DeVault)
High jump
1. Greg Baril-Kenney, Guelph 6-9
2. Chris Wilson, Tenn. 6-8
8. Drew Brunson, Tenn. 6-5
Pole Vault
1. Rory Quiller, Binghamton 17-0 3/4 *
5-t. Michael Hogue, Tenn. 16-2 3/4
8. Andy Lane, Tenn. 15-9
14. Jeff Trembley, Tenn. 15-3
Triple jump
1. Mike Roberts, Unatt. 50-10 1/4 *
3. Eric Pierce, Tenn. 47-9 3/4
Shot put
1. Justin Clickett, Pittsburgh 58-9 1/4 *
6. Josh Whisman, Tenn. 53-9
7. Ell Ash, Tenn. 53-3 3/4 PR
1. Ryan Olkowski, Unatt. 5,827 **
3. Kevin Yeager, Tenn. 5,022
6. Alex Hritcu, Tenn. 4,723
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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