Feb. 6, 2005
After a torrid Friday, Tennessee cooled a bit Saturday to finish fourth with 69 points, unofficially, Saturday evening at the fifth annual New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York, N.Y. In another SEC show of dominance, Arkansas, LSU and Georgia took the top three spots, respectively, though their point totals are unknown.
"We competed hard," head coach Bill Webb said. "They knew we were here. We had a great first day and had some good things happen the second day, but we weren't as sharp as we were yesterday. That was a little disappointing, but we got some good things done, too."
Knoxville West grad Lane matched his career-best pole vault with a 16-foot, 6 3/4-inch mark to tie for second and contribute valuable points to the Tennessee cause.
After winning the 60-meter final Friday night at the Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden, Williams took third in the 200 with a provisional-qualifying 21.08 seconds.
Though the top six finalists in the 60 hurdles ran at the Millrose Games Friday night, the remaining finalists squared off Saturday at the Armory. Boulware won the race in 8.03 to officially place seventh in the combined final.
In his first 800 of the year, SEC outdoor champion Paul Cross finished ninth in 1:51.83. Andy Baksa finished ninth in the 5,000 with a 14:36.09 time.
Tennessee has pieced together an odd pattern in the four years the Vols have competed in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. In 2002, Tennessee won the meet. In 2003, the Vols took runner-up honors. In 2004, Tennessee finished third. This year, the fourth season in which Tennessee has competed, the Vols finished fourth.
"After we finished I asked our team in the meeting how many guys could score a couple more points and 12 guys raised their hand," Webb said. "So we left some points on the track. This was a preview of the SEC meet. We knew it would be tough, but we also know we'll continue to improve."
In other Millrose Games action Friday night, former Vol Leonard Scott won his first professional race with a 6.59 time in the 60. Scott, now competing for Nike, still holds the Tennessee 60 school record with a 6.48 steamer set in 2001.
"It was great," Scott said. "We're piecing things together. We're finally back sprinting again and getting the offseason training off your back. It's coming. It's the first win of my professional career. It was great. I was out there, and I was thinking about my dad because my dad bet me that whenever I win my first race, he was going to quit smoking."
Tennessee competes Friday and Saturday at the Virginia Tech Invitational.