Pritchett and Whisman Register Lifetime Bests to Close Virginia Tech Challenge

Feb. 12, 2005


Freshman sprinter Matthieu Pritchett and senior thrower Josh Whisman continued the theme of improvement with lifetime-best efforts in the 55 meters and shot put, respectively, Saturday night at the Virginia Tech Challenge at Rector Fieldhouse in Blacksburg, Va.

"Josh Whisman's huge PR in the shot was the highlight of the day," head coach Bill Webb said. "Matthieu Pritchett also had a nice PR in the 55. We had some misfortune in the 4x400 relay. Jacob Dennis and Rubin Williams only made the trip to run the 4x400, but we were out of it after the crash before they ran.

Pritchett notched a career-best 6.31-second finish in the 55 final, edging ever closer to the NCAA indoor provisional standard. Pritchett also led the Vols in the 200 with a season-best time of 21.90 to place fifth.

Whisman demolished his previous shot put lifetime best by more than two feet. Whisman's 57-feet, 8 1/4-inch measurement placed sixth. Fresh off a provisional throw in the weight throw Friday, Garland Porter took 10th in the shot put with a 55-2 3/4 mark. Freshman Ell Ash placed 12th with a 52-11 effort.

Robert Boulware and Drew Brunson both clocked 7.48s in the 55 hurdles final. Meet officials had to break the race down to the thousandths of a second to give co-captain Boulware fourth and Brunson fifth. Former Vol Karl Jennings won the race in 7.20.



Brunson also led the Vols' high jumpers Saturday with a season-best 6-6 3/4 clearance to place tied for fourth. Halls grad Chris Wilson tied for seventh with a 6-4 3/4 leap. Heptathletes Chris Helwick and Farragut native Kevin Yeager tied for 11th with a 6-2 3/4 jump.

Frank Francois authored a season-best time of 1:52.41 to take fifth in the 800. Paul Cross followed in sixth with a 1:52.49. Karns grad Yarrick Kincaid ran to ninth in a lifetime-best 1:53.52. Kenny Schappert became the fourth Vol in the top 10 with a 1:53.55 time. Former Vol Jebreh Harris won the race in 1:49.79.

Tennessee took sixth in the 4x400 relay after a pile-up on the first leg. Jeremy Burton and two other teams got tied up and hit the track. Burton gamely arose and finished his duty, but the Vols were out of contention before Dennis, Cross and Williams could run their assignments.

After notching a season-best triple jump Friday, Eric Pierce tied with teammate Yeager for sixth in the long jump with a 23-1 1/4 leap down the sand pit. Heptathlete Alex Hritcu took 17th with a season-best 21-8 3/4 mark.

In the mile, Jeff Day finished 16th in 4:22.79. Tyler DeVault took 17th in the 3,000 after finishing in 8:40.32.

The Vols get one last tune-up before the SEC championships with a home date Friday, the Tennessee Invitational in Stokely Athletics Center.

Virginia Tech Challenge, Blacksburg, Va.
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005

1.Derrick Johnson, Charlotte6.28
2.Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.6.31 PR
1.Derrick Johnson, Charlotte21.27
5.Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.21.90 SB
22.Jeremy Burton, Tenn.22.41
1.Jebreh Harris, Unatt.1:49.79
5.Frank Francois, Tenn.1:52.41 SB
6.Paul Cross, Tenn.1:52.49
9.Yarrick Kincaid, Tenn.1:53.52 PR
10.Kenny Schappert, Tenn.1:53.55
1.Cory Duquette, Va. Intermont4:09.51
16.Jeff Day, Tenn.4:22.79
1.Ian Burrell, Ga.8:13.77
17.Tyler DeVault, Tenn.8:40.32
55 hurdles-final
1.Karl Jennings, Unatt.7.20 *
4.Robert Boulware, Tenn.7.48
5.Drew Brunson, Tenn.7.48
4x400 relay
(Burton, Dennis, Cross, Williams)
High jump
1.Josh Reid, Ga.6-10 3/4
4t.Drew Brunson, Tenn.6-6 3/4 SB
7t.Chris Wilson, Tenn.6-4 3/4
11t.Chris Helwick, Tenn.6-2 3/4 SB
Kevin Yeager, Tenn.6-2 3/4
Long jump
1.Dexter Adams, N.C. State24-5 1/2 *
6t.Eric Pierce, Tenn.23-1 1/4
Kevin Yeager, Tenn.23-1 1/4
17.Alex Hritcu, Tenn.21-8 3/4 SB
Shot put
1.Vikas Gowda, N.C.62-4 1/2 *
6.Josh Whisman, Tenn.57-8 1/4 PR
10.Garland Porter, Tenn.55-2 3/4
12.Ell Ash, Tenn.52-11

SB-season best mark; PR-personal record/career best; *-NCAA indoor provisional qualifier; **-NCAA indoor automatic qualifer.



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