Jan. 29, 2011
By Eric Trainer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The UT men's track & field team closed out a split-squad weekend Saturday at the Penn State National and the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky., with Kevin Carney, Varick Tucker and the 4x400m relay unit turning in the top performances.
In the men's heptathlon at Penn State, Carney wrapped up his first college outing in that event since 2009, taking fifth with a career-best score of 4,848 points. Carney closed out the seven-event competition by placing seventh in the 60m hurdles (8.86), tied for second with a career-best in the pole vault (13-9 1/4) and came in fourth in the 1000m in 2:56.41. He had finished seventh here with 4,717 points two seasons ago.
Tennessee picked up a runner-up effort from Tucker, who posted a PR of 48.41 in the men's 400m. Freshman Justin Hunter placed eighth in the high jump with a leap of 6-8 ¾, coming on the heels of his UT freshman record of 26-1 ½ in the long jump on Friday night.
At the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky., where most of UT's men were competing, Deaundra Dailey had a hand in the top two finishes by the UT men. In addition to taking eighth in the 400m in a career-best 48.16, the junior led off the Vols' 4x4, which finished third in a season-best 3:13.05. Dailey shared the baton with sophomore Terry Benson and freshmen Jarael Nelvis and Dentarius Locke, as they improved upon the Big Orange's previous season best of 3:15.04.
"On the men's side, we are continuing to make strides," Clark said. "The 4x4 ran a season best in Lexington, Terry Benson had a PR in the hurdles, Deaundra Dailey had a PR in the 400m and Jarael Nelvis continues to show good signs in the sprints. Kevin finished his first heptathlon since joining us, and a lot of others are coming along in the time frame I like, which means the coaching staff is doing a good job of preparing them to peak at the right time."
For the Lady Vols, Jackie Areson broke the school record in the 3000 meters in Happy Valley for the second straight season, automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championship meet and collecting one of four Tennessee victories on Saturday at the Penn State National.
Areson ran away with the race in a time of nine minutes, 1.91 seconds to shatter her previous UT best of 9:07.27 (set here in 2010) and punch her ticket to indoor nationals on March 11-12 in College Station, Texas. The current NCAA leader in the 3K, Areson also toppled the meet and facility standards with her effort in the invitational division. Classmate Liz Costello, who is performing extremely well after transferring to UT from Princeton for her final season, took second in a career-best 9:15.39. She remains No. 2 in the nation and No. 8 all-time at UT with that mark.
"Jackie is coming into her own and has been able to do some quality things in her career," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "To surpass her PR and break the school record by six seconds and qualify for the NCAA meet with the fastest time in the nation is a great accomplishment.
"Liz ran together with Jackie for quite a while tonight and got another PR as well. She is doing a nice job after having a couple of years off from the indoor scene, and we're excited about where she is headed."
In the Invitational 800 meters, junior Chanelle Price was the top collegiate finisher and placed second overall in a season-best 2:05.61. Entering the meet ranked second in the NCAA, Price improved her time more than two seconds to move to the top of the NCAA descending order list this season.
"Chanelle is coming into form," Clark said. "She improved her season best by two seconds with the fastest time in the nation today. I am very happy with the progress she is making."
Also picking up victories were sophomore Nijgia Snapp in the Invitational 500m (1:10.92), junior Brittany Sheffey in the 1000m (2:48.46) and sophomore Martinique Octave in the 400m (55.68). Snapp's time was the No. 4 readout in Lady Vol history behind the efforts of UT greats Cathy Rattray and Phoebe Wright, while Sheffey's performance makes her the school's No. 5 women's performer at that distance.
"We knew Nijgia was very talented, and she continues to display her ability," Clark said. "To run a time in an event where only those two decorated athletes stand in front of you is quite impressive.
"Brittany and Martinique are coming along nicely as well. Brittany is in a good place right now after running another PR, and Martinique continues to show consistent improvement. Coach Seagrave is getting her ready, and I am very proud of what she did today."
Tennessee picked up another runner-up effort from the Lady Vol 4x400m relay. The quartet crossed the line second in a season-best 3:40.81 with junior Ellen Wortham, Snapp, Price and Octave carrying the baton.
Other noteworthy efforts for the Big Orange included freshman Brittney Jackson taking fourth in the 500m at 1:15.20 and UT's 4x800m relay tandem of sophomore Elizabeth Altizer, Jackson, freshman Amber Zimmerman and senior Kim White checking in fifth.
400m: 2. Varick Tucker, 48.41b
Heptathlon (Final): 5. Kevin Carney, 4,848b! (60mH: 7th, 8.86/777 pts.; PV: t2nd/13-9.25/4.20m!/673 pts.; 1000m: 4th/2:56.41b/700 pts.)
High Jump: 8. Justin Hunter, 6-8.75/2.05m
Shot Put: 16. Matt Darr, 50-9.25/15.47m!
200m: 21. Varick Tucker, 22.35b!
400m: 1. Martinique Octave, 55.68b!; 38. Kirstyn Sweeney, 59.79b!
1000m: 1. Brittany Sheffey, 2:48.46b!
Inv. 3000m: 1. Jackie Areson, 9:01.91b!*mrfrsr; 2. Liz Costello, 9:15.39b!
Inv. 500m: 1. Nijgia Snapp, 1:10.92b!
Inv. 800m: 2. Chanelle Price, 2:05.61b; 11. Kianna Ruff, 2:12.29b; 14. Ramzee Fondren, 2:12.65b
Inv. 4x400mR: 2. Ellen Wortham / Nijgia Snapp / Chanelle Price / Martinique Octave, 3:40.81b
500m: 4. Brittney Jackson, 1:15.20b!; 12. Charity Honeycutt, 1:17.07b!; 17. Kim White, 1:17.71b!
Inv. 4x800mR: 5. Elizabeth Altizer / Brittney Jackson / Amber Zimmerman Kim White, 9:13.51b
200m: 7. Brittany Jones, 24.61b; 17. Kia Jackson, 24.88b; 21. Ashley Harris, 24.96b; 28. Martinique Octave, 25.44b; 39. Bianca Blair, 26.34b; 41. Kirstyn Sweeney, 27.50b!
Shot Put: 11. Aslynn Halvorson, 45-5.25/13.85m; 12. Laquoya Kelly, 44-1.50/13.45m
Mile: 11. Amber Zimmerman, 5:02.31b!; 16. Elizabeth Altizer, 5:12.80b
4x400mR: 12. Kianna Ruff / Brittney Jackson / Ashley Harris / Ty-Vonna Johnson, 3:48.48b; 24. Kirstyn Sweeney / Charity Honeycutt / Elizabeth Altizer / Liz Costello, 4:04.31b
3000m: 13. Elizabeth Tiller, 10:51.34b!
800m: 17. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 2:17.04b
Triple Jump: 26. Allison Outerbridge, 36-1.50/11.01m
4x400mR: 3. Deaundra Dailey / Terry Benson / Jarael Nelvis / Dentarius Locke, 3:13.05b
400m: 8. Deaundra Dailey, 48.16b!; 23. Matt Bergquist, 49.94b!
800m: 13. Ford Bell, 1:54.15b; 35. Michael Spooner, 2:00.17b
60mH Final: 15. Terry Benson, 8.36
60mH Prelims: Adv. Terry Benson, 8.41p/3rd, ht. 4 (13th)
60m Final: 16. Jarael Nelvis, 7.01
60m Prelims: Adv. Jarael Nelvis, 6.90p/3rd, ht. 1 (11th)
3000m: 19. Tom Gilmartin, 8:37.80b!; 31. Alex McCandless, 8:47.97b!; DNF - Tyler Freeman, Michael Spooner, Daniel Tobin
Mile: 23. Daniel Tobin, 4:16.13b; 29. Michael Spooner, 4:17.29b; 40. Tyler Freeman, 4:22.97b!; 43. Scott March, 4:25.33b!
Long Jump: 1. Justin Hunter, 26-1.50/7.96m!*; 6. Desmond Brown, 24-5.50/7.45m
Heptathlon (First Day): 4. Kevin Carney, 2,698 (60m: 8th/7.61/678 pts.; LJ: 3rd/21-5.50/6.54m/707 pts.; SP: 4th/38-6/11.73m/590 pts.; HJ: 3rd/6-3.25/1.91m/723 pts.)
Weight Throw: 13. Drew Thomas, 58-6.50/17.84m!
Pentathlon (Final): 2. Ellen Wortham, 3,983b! (60mH: 1st/8.54!/1008 pts.; HJ: t1st/5-7/1.70m/855 pts; SP: 7th/31-11.25/9.73m!/512 pts.; LJ: 2nd/18-5.75/5.63m/738 pts.; 800m: 2nd/2:16.64b!/870 pts.)
Distance Medley Relay: 3. Elizabeth Altizer / Nijgia Snapp / Ty-Vonna Johnson / Ramzee Fondren, 11:48.25b; 7. Brittney Jackson / Kianna Ruff / Charity Honeycutt / Amber Zimmerman, 12:08.79b
Weight Throw: 4. Jessie Harrison, 58-9.50/17.92m; NM - Laquoya Kelly, F
60m Semifinals: 10. Martinique Octave, 7.54p!/6th, ht. 1; NM - Kia Jackson, FS
60m Prelims: Adv. Kia Jackson, 7.55p!/3rd, ht. 1 (11th); Adv. Martinique Octave, 7.59p!/4th, ht. 2 (15th); 17. Brittany Jones, 7.60p/3rd, ht. 5; 22. Ashley Harris, 7.66p/3rd, ht. 4
Long Jump: 15. Kia Jackson, 18-3.25/5.57m; NM - Jazmen Townsend, F Inv. 5000m: 20. Elizabeth Tiller, 18:48.16b
60mH Prelims: 22. Bianca Blair, 8.69p/4th, ht. 5
Pole Vault: 9. Linda Hadfield, 11-9/3.58m
* - NCAA automatic qualifying mark, ! - personal record, ^ - oversized track, b - banked track, DNF - did not finish, DQ - disqualified, F - foul, fr - facility record, FS - false start, h - heat, m - meters, mr - meet record, NM - no mark registered, NH - no height registered, p - preliminary round, sr - school record