Feb. 20, 2010
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Sophomore Tom Gilmartin's third-place finish in the 5000 meters was the top result for the University of Tennessee men's track & field team Saturday as a limited Vols travel squad closed out its stay at the Virginia Tech Challenge.
A sophomore product of Knoxville as well as Farragut High School, Gilmartin covered the distance in 15 minutes, 13.39 seconds. It marked his first career try at 5K on the oval after three previous stabs at the 3K this season.
In the pole vault, it was a mixed bag for the Big Orange. Junior Joe Berry cleared 16 feet, 6 3/4 inches to tie for sixth place. He opened at 16-0 1/2, sailing over the bar on his second attempt, and navigated his height of record on his first try. Berry was unable to negotiate 17-1. Sophomore Robert Rasnick, meanwhile, no-heighted at 16-0 1/2.
UT also had two entrants in the mile. Senior Mike Brodsky was 16th in 4:21.03, while redshirt freshman Spenser Tipton was 24th in 4:32.93. Another redshirt freshman, Carmelo Mannino, ran but did not finish.