March 13, 2009
Tennessee sprinter Evander Wells twice posted season-best times Friday night en route to earning his seventh-career All-America certificate with a fourth-place finish in the 200m at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas.
Wells clocked the third-fastest 200m time in the prelims at 20.81, then followed that performance with a 20.78 reading in the final.
"Evander ran a fantastic race in the prelims and then improved in the final," Tennessee head coach Bill Webb said. "He posted two season-bests and competed very well in a tough field."
Wells placed sixth in the 200m at the 2007 and 2008 NCAA indoor meets, and he has earned All-America honors twice in the same race outdoors. He was also a part of two 4x100 relay units to place in the top-eight at an NCAA meet.
The Stone Mountain, Ga., native wasn't as quick in the 60m, finishing 10th in the prelims at 6.70 and missing out on Saturday's event final.
Senior Nick Panezich fell short his first-career All-America honor, placing 10th in the shot put with a throw of 17.97m (58-11.50).
Sophomore Michael Ayers ended day one of the heptathlon in 10th-place overall with 3,057 points through four events. He opened the day with a 7.13 clocking in the 60m, and followed that performance with a 6.99m (22-11.5) leap in the long jump. He posted a mark of 13.03m (42-9) in the shot put and then closed the day with a clearance of 1.93m (6-4) in the high jump.
"Mike was solid today," Webb said. "He is in a position to do some things, but he will need a really good second day."
Ayers has ample opportunity to gain on his competition Saturday as the pole vault, his best event, is second on the schedule. He will also run the 60m hurdles and the 1,000m.
The heptathlon resumes at 4 p.m. ET.