Vols Finish Out Stay In New York With NCAA Provisional In Pole Vault

Feb. 6, 2010

By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations

NEW YORK -- The University of Tennessee men's track & field team closed out its run at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, posting an NCAA provisional mark and runner-up finish during the late afternoon session at The Armory.

Joe Berry became UT's second pole vaulter to meet the NCAA provisional standard and carded the team's fifth overall provisional mark of the season. The junior worked the stick to the tune of a 17 feet, 3/4 inch clearance that earned him runner-up status in the championship division. BYU's Chris Little was the only vaulter better on this particular evening, cleanly navigating 17-4 1/2.

Sophomore Robert Rasnick, whose provisional mark Berry matched, managed a height of 16-8 3/4 to place sixth in the vault competition.

Junior Peter Sigilai nearly earned a provisional mark of his own in taking fourth in the championship mile. While he was just 2.14 seconds off achieving that accomplishment, Sigilai did turn in a career-best readout of four minutes, 5.64 seconds that ranks number one in the SEC this season. It also left him just shy of making UT's all-time top 12 performers list.

Freshman Tyler Stepp matched his indoor personal record in the high jump. Competing in the championship division, the rookie sailed over six feet, 10 1/4 inches to place fifth.

Elsewhere, in the championship 800 meters, sophomores Emerson Peacock (1:52.49) and Joe Franklin (1:53.25) placed 11th and 14th, respectively, and in the championship weight throw, redshirt freshman Drew Thomas uncorked a personal-record toss of 54 feet, 6 1/2 inches to wind up 19th.

The Vols closed out the evening by taking fourth in the 4x400m relay in 3:13.04. Handling the baton for UT were John Hewitt, Samdi Fraser, Terrance Livingston and Varick Tucker.

Tennessee returns to action next weekend. The bulk of the men's and women's teams head to College Station, Texas, next Friday and Saturday to take part in the Texas A&M Challenge, a scored meet pitting the Big 12, SEC and Conference USA versus each other. Schools representing those leagues include Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech; Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee; and Houston, Rice and UTEP, respectively. UT also will have a small number of distance athletes traveling to Seattle for the University of Washington's Husky Invitational on Saturday.


Late Afternoon Results (Not Included In Early Afternoon Story)

800m (Championship): 11. Emerson Peacock, 1:52.49 14. Joe Franklin, 1:53.25

Mile (Championship): 4. Peter Sigilai, 4:05.64!+

4x400m Relay (Championship): 4. John Hewitt / Samdi Fraser / Terrance Livingston / Varick Tucker, 3:13.04

Weight Throw (Championship): 19. Drew Thomas, 54-6.50/16.62m!

Pole Vault (Championship): 2. Joe Berry, 17-0.75/5.20m+; 6. Robert Rasnick, 16-8.75/5.10m

High Jump (Championship): 5. Tyler Stepp, 6-10.25/2.09m!

Earlier Results

3000m (College): 7. Leoule Degfae, 8:29.82!; 8. Chris Kane, 8:30.37!

Mile (College): 15. Mike Brodsky, 4:14.87

200m Finals (Championship): 2. Evander Wells, 21.15+

200m Prelims (Championship): Adv. Evander Wells (21.31p); 19. Kyle Stevenson, 21.93p; 31. Samdi Fraser, 22.29!

800m (College): 1. Terrance Livingston, 1:52.45!

3000m (Championship): 10. Michael Spooner, 8:22.95

Triple Jump (College): 4. Julius Tate, 48-7.25/14.81m!


Mile (College): 29. Michele Levy, 5:11.67!

200m Prelims (Championship): 30. Kia Jackson, 24.68!; 55. Nyosha Bryant, 25.58

800m (College): 4. Brittany Sheffey, 2:11.92; 35. Charity Honeycutt, 2:18.53!; 60. Kim White, 2:21.59

4x200m (Championship): 2. Ellen Wortham / Kia Jackson / Nyosha Bryant / Martinique Octave, 1:38.68

High Jump (Eastern College): 1. Ellen Wortham, 5-5/1.65m

Weight Throw (Championships): 6. Laquoya Kelly, 58-2/17.73m!; 19. Jessie Harrison, 53-7.75/16.35m

* NCAA automatic qualifier, + - NCAA provisional qualifier, ! - Personal best, Adv. - Advanced to next round, DNF - Chris Kane, F - Foul, FS - False start, m - meters, mr - Meet record, NM - No mark, p - Prelims, sr - School record

Many events had both championship (top entered competitors) and college (open) sections





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