Feb. 9, 2003
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Tennessee's fifth-ranked track and field squad got in a scouting mission against some stout Southeastern Conference competition on the site of the SEC Indoor Championships Sunday night at Florida's Gator Invitational. Most of the test run results proved positive as the Volunteers posted an NCAA Indoor automatic and three provisional qualifiers on the 200m, flat track at the O'Connell Center.
Jabari Greer wrote his ticket for the NCAA Indoors Sunday with an automatic qualifier and lifetime best in the 55m hurdles. Greer took fourth in 7.23, tying for the eighth-fastest 55m hurdles time in school history. After converting the 55m hurdles time to the 60m hurdles, the NCAA standard, Greer's 7.23 stands as the equivalent of a 7.74 in the 60m hurdles, the third-fastest in school history behind only legendary Willie Gault and Dawane Wallace.
Meanwhile, 400m school record holder Gary Kikaya added another record to his resume after dropping down to the 200m dash. Kikaya took third with a lifetime-best 21.27 in the 200m dash, setting a Congolese national record. More importantly for the Volunteers, Kikaya's 21.27 strengthens his existing NCAA provisional mark. Kikaya doubled up with a 6.37, the ninth-fastest 55m dash preliminary time. Since he was already running the 200m dash, Kikaya didn't run the 55m finals as a training decision.
Meanwhile, sprinter Sean Lambert pieced together a solid day doubling for the Vols. Lambert clocked his season-best time of 6.24, a provisional qualifier, to earn fourth in the 55m dash. Lambert also squeezed out a season-best in the 200m dash, clocking in at 21.66 to garner eighth.
Rocky Danners secured the last Tennessee NCAA provisional qualifier in the pole vault. Danners took second with a 17-7 clearance. However, Danners posted a stronger provisional height earlier this season.
Continuing preparations for the SEC Pentathlon, Blake Sabo notched his season-best long jump of 22-10 to take 10th.
Next weekend, the Volunteers compete in the Armory Invitational, a team-scored meet, in New York, N.Y.