Feb. 3, 2012
NEW YORK -- The Tennessee track & field teams were in the Big Apple Friday, but Trinidad & Tobago natives Annie Alexander and Jamol James felt right at home, delivering UT its best finishes of the day at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.
Alexander, a senior from Port-of-Spain, posted her fourth top-two shot put finish of the season, stretching the tape measure to 55 feet, 10 1/2 inches with her fifth throw to take second in the women's championship division at The Armory. Leading the field since the first round, she extended her advantage with that toss, but Baylor's Skylar White punched out a blast of 56-10 in that round and held on for the win.
James, a true freshman from Chaguanas, recorded a personal-best time of 6.75 in the prelims of the 60-meter dash during the afternoon and then lowered it to 6.74 later in the evening to wind up fifth in the consolation final. With only four meets under his belt, he already ranks as the 13th-best 60m sprinter in a very rich Vol history of speedsters.
Redshirt freshman Matthew Hoty wasn't satisfied with his overall series in the shot put, but he continued to land throws in the vicinity of 60 feet. His effort of 59-9 was good enough for fifth place Friday night in the championship section.
In another men's championship event, junior Desmond Brown produced a leap of 23-10 3/4 to wind up eighth in the long jump.
In the women's college pole vault, sophomore Linda Hadfield carded a sixth-place finish in a return to her home state. The Yorkville product matched her career indoor best with a clearance of 12-5 1/2 on Friday afternoon.
Vol sophomore Daniel Tobin also carded a sixth-place outcome, finishing the men's Eastern 3000-meter run in a time of 8:41.67.
In championship division preliminary action, senior Ellen Wortham moved on to the finals in the women's 400 meters with the fifth-best readout of the qualifiers, a career-best 54.14 output that was good for second in heat three.
In a college division preliminary race, senior Ashley Harris won heat seven of the women's college 200m in 24.57 to advance to Saturday's consolation final.
"I thought we had a pretty productive day today," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "We had several personal bests and near personal bests and made a few finals. Jamol James had two PRs in the 60, Linda Hadfield matched hers in the vault and Daniel Tobin was close to hitting his in the 3000 meters.
"Jamol is heading in the right direction, and Ellen Wortham had a nice PR in the 400 prelims today. We've been very consistent with Matthew and Annie in the shot, and Matthew was in there again today mixing it up with a strong group of throwers. I look for our team to continue to have more of these types of efforts as we return to the track on day two."
The Tennessee squads return to action on Saturday with another full slate of action at The Armory. The first events of the day are the women's weight throw at 9:15 a.m. and the men's 5000m run at 9:37 a.m. The link for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational schedule and results is: www.armorytrack.com/armory/nbci-sked-2012.
Consolation 60m Final: 5. Jamol James, 6.74!
Championship Shot Put: 5. Matt Hoty, 59-9/18.21m
Championship Long Jump: 8. Desmond Brown, 23-10.75/7.28m
Eastern 3000m Final: 6. Daniel Tobin, 8:41.67b
College 500m Final: 25. Michael Williams, 1:06.54b!/1st, ht. 1
Championship 60m Prelims: adv. Jamol James, 6.75p!/3rd, ht. 4 (9th)
Championship 400m Prelims: dna. Varick Tucker, 48.35bp/3rd, ht. 3 (18th)
College 60m Prelims: dna. Desmond Brown, 7.05p/2nd, ht. 10 (21st)
Championship 60mH Prelims: dna. Terry Benson, 8.30p/5th, ht. 3 (44th)
Championship Shot Put Final: 2. Annie Alexander, 55-10.50/17.03m; 21. Aslynn Halvorson, 45-9/13.94m
College Pole Vault Final: 6. Linda Hadfield, 12-5.50/3.80m!; 23. Erin Champion, 11-9.75/3.60m
College Long Jump: 16. Kia Jackson, 18-2.25/5.54m
Championship Long Jump: nm. Ellen Wortham, F
Championship 400m Prelims: adv. (to Champ. Final) Ellen Wortham, 54.14bp! (5th); dna. Ashley Harris, 56.94bp! (39th)
College 200m Prelims: adv. (to Conso. Final) Ashley Harris, 24.57bp (3rd)
Championship 60m Prelims: dna. Kia Jackson, 7.53p/4th, ht. 2 (23rd)
Championship 60mH Prelims: dna. Bianca Blair, 8.68p/3rd, ht. 3 (29th)
* - NCAA Automatic Mark, ! - Personal Best, ^ - Oversized Track, $ - SEC Record, a - American Record, adv. - Advanced to next round, b - Banked Track, c - Collegiate Record, dna - Did Not Advance, dnf - Did Not Finish, dq - Disqualified, dnr - Did Not Run, F - Foul, f - Facility Record, fr - Freshman Record, fs - False Start, H - Heptathlon, h - Hand-Timed, mr - Meet Record, nm - No Mark, p - Time Run In Prelims, P - Pentathlon, sr - School Record, u - Undersized Track, w - World Record