Tennessee Heptathlon Quartet in Scoring Position at SEC Indoors

Feb. 25, 2005


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Tennessee's four heptathletes got the SEC indoor championships started on a strong note Friday night at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. All four Volunteers hold positions in the top eight through four of the seven events. Tennessee's heptathletes notched a number of lifetime and season-best marks on the opening day of the indoor conference clash.

"We had a good first day," head coach Bill Webb said. "We'll have to compete like this tomorrow to get what we hope from this group. Our expectations are high.

Favorite Maurice Smith of Auburn leads the heptathlon with 3,382 points.

In his first SEC meet, redshirt freshman Jangy Addy leads the Tennessee heptathlon quartet in second place with 3,208 points. Addy opened his meet with a runner-up, lifetime-best 6.99 in the 60. Addy added a season-best mark of 23-2 ¾ to take fourth in the long jump. In the third event, the shot put, Addy took third with a 47-6 ¼ measurement. Addy wrapped up the first day on a high note after clearing a lifetime-best 6-3 ½ in the high jump to tie for fourth.

Farragut alum Kevin Yeager stands third with 3,136 points. Yeager finished fourth in the 60 with a season-best 7.11 time. He followed his season-best in the 60 with a lifetime-best mark of 23-9 in the long jump. Yeager erupted for another PR in the shot put with a seventh-place, 42-5 ¼ measurement. Yeager completed a perfect day of improvement in all four events by continually sending the high jump bar higher, finishing third with a season-best 6-4 ¾ clearance.

Chris Helwick continued the theme of improvement as he finished day one in fifth with 3,105 points. He opened his heptathlon with an 11th-place, season-best 7.42 time in the 60. Helwick improved to fifth in the long jump with a lifetime-best effort of 22-8. He climbed another notch to fourth in the shot put with a lifetime-best heave of 46-3 ¼ to place fourth.



Helwick kept sending the high jump bar skyward on the final event, extending his workday and point total. After struggling to clear 6-7 on his last attempt, the sophomore stepped up and cleanly topped 6-8 ¼ on his first try, prompting an impersonation of a Tennessee wide receiver as Helwick found Addy in the middle of the track leaping for a sky five. Helwick finished at 6-8 ¼, a season-best leap and just half an inch off his lifetime best, as he won the high jump and continued to add points to his heptathlon total.

Alex Hritcu stands eighth with 2,754 points. He uncorked his decathlon with a 10th-place, lifetime-best 60 time of 7.39. Hritcu rose to seventh in the long jump with a season-best 21-9 long jump. He took ninth in the shot put with a 40-4 ¾ measurement.

Hritcu provided quite a scare after staring down a no height in the high jump. His first two jumps at the opening height were misses, and a third miss spelled a disastrous no height with no points awarded in the event, pushing him out of scoring position in the heptathlon. Hritcu heightened the tension even more by pulling up and running by the high jump pit twice on his last attempt at the opening height. He gamely cleared on his last chance and went on to better the next height, as well, finishing eighth with a 6-0 leap and still in the scoring mix. The top eight finishers score in each event.

The heptathlon concludes Saturday. Tennessee continues the SEC indoor championships Saturday and Sunday.

SEC Indoor Championships, Fayetteville, Ark.
Friday, Feb. 25, 2005
Heptathlon (after four events)
1. Maurice Smith, Auburn 3,382
2. Jangy Addy, Tenn. 3,208
3. Kevin Yeager, Tenn. 3,136
5. Chris Helwick, Tenn. 3,105
8. Alex Hritcu, Tenn. 2,754
Heptathlon 60
1. Maurice Smith, Auburn 6.94
2. Jangy Addy, Tenn. 6.99 PR
4. Kevin Yeager, Tenn. 7.11 SB
10. Alex Hritcu, Tenn. 7.39 PR
11. Chris Helwick, Tenn. 7.42 SB
Heptathlon long jump
1. Alleyne Lett, LSU 24-11 ¼*
2. Kevin Yeager, Tenn. 23-9 PR
4. Jangy Addy, Tenn. 23-2 ¾ SB
5. Chris Helwick, Tenn. 22-8 PR
7. Alex Hritcu, Tenn. 21-9 SB
Heptathlon shot put
1. Maurice Smith, Auburn 52-7 ¼
3. Jangy Addy, Tenn. 47-6 ¼
4. Chris Helwick, Tenn. 46-3 ¼ PR
7. Kevin Yeager, Tenn. 42-5 ¼ PR
9. Alex Hritcu, Tenn. 40-4 ¾
Heptathlon high jump
1. Chris Helwick, Tenn. 6-8 ¼ SB
3. Kevin Yeager, Tenn. 6-4 ¾ SB
4t. Jangy Addy, Tenn. 6-3 ½ PR
8. Alex Hritcu, Tenn. 6-0 SB
SB-season-best mark, PR-personal record/career-best mark, *-NCAA indoor provisional qualifier, **-NCAA indoor automatic qualifier.


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