Feb. 15, 2003
NEW YORK -- Tennessee's track and field squad stands third after a long day and night of competition Friday to open the Armory Collegiate Invitational in Manhattan. With four events scored, the Volunteers summed 22 points in the Championship section at the Armory Track and Field Center. While the bulk of scoring events will occur Saturday, Tennessee's distance and weight men got the Vols on the scoreboard Friday.
The Vols posted the most points in the 5,000m run. Led by Patrick Gildea's third-place, 14:35.21 effort, 17 seconds faster than his previous lifetime best, the Vols were off and running as the Holbrook, N.Y,. native enjoyed his homecoming. Meanwhile, Scott DeFilippis, a native of Colonia, N.J., just missed his lifetime-best time with a 14:38.76 to garner fourth place. Ed Davis also chipped in a sixth-place, 14:46.04 time, a whopping 26 seconds faster than his previous lifetime best.
Tennessee posted its season-best distance medley relay effort with a 10:04.18, 10 seconds faster than the previous time out. Kenny Schappert, Dwayne Bell Jr., Frank Francois and Rob Cloutier passed the stick to finish fifth and add points to the Vol cause. Newcomer Josh Whisman also moved the scoreboard with a fifth-place finish in the weight throw. Whisman added a season-best mark of 49-11 in the shot put.
Equally importantly, Tennessee qualified half its sprinters for Saturday's finals. In the 400m dash, Gary Kikaya clocked a provisional 46.93 to claim the second-fastest qualifier of the day. While the time stands as a provisional, Kikaya owns a stronger time from earlier in the season.
In the 200m dash, freshman Jonathan Wade secured a lane in the finals with his 21.50, fifth-place qualifier. However, Brooklyn native Sean Lambert false started and was eliminated from the race. Lambert and Wade have another chance to qualify Saturday in the 60m dash.
The Armory Invitational concludes Saturday night.