March 19, 2005
Tempe, Ariz. - Tennessee wrapped up the first leg of its four-meet spring break week Saturday evening at Arizona State's Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. Garland Porter and co-captain Robert Boulware won their season openers in the hammer and 110-meter hurdles, respectively, to join hammer thrower Jim Sexton with regional qualifiers on Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium.
"We only competed 29 people because we held out some guys who competed at indoor nationals," head coach Bill Webb said. "We got some things accomplished and had a first chance to look at some people. We're in our training phase now. We'll be working out the next few days before heading to Tucson for the decathlon Thursday and Friday. I think we'll have good weather.
Tennessee's Friday highlight came in the hammer throw. Indoor weight throw All-America Porter opened his outdoor season on a strong note by winning the hammer with a regional-qualifying 205-feet, 1-inch mark. Porter's mark lacks just 11 inches from matching his lifetime best, the second-best throw ever by a Vol. Knoxville Central grad Sexton authored a lifetime-best throw of 197-0 to earn fifth and also notch a regional qualifier in his first meet. Porter's 197-0 effort moves him to fifth on Tennessee's all-time list in the hammer.
On Saturday, Boulware won the 110 hurdles in 14.19 seconds to grab the squad's first regional qualifier on the track. Clarksville's Damond Campbell earned bronze with a lifetime-best 14.37. Drew Brunson took fifth in 14.56. Cade Liverman followed in sixth with a 14.67 time.
The Volunteers got in plenty of middle distance work as Tennessee outfitted
two 4x800 relay teams. Tennessee's `A' team of Kenny Schappert, Paul Cross,
Karns grad Yarrick Kincaid and Frank Francois took second with a 7:30.71 time,
just a little more than a second behind champion Kentucky. Meanwhile, the
Tennessee `B' team, comprised of 1,500 runners, ran a competitive third-place
time of 7:31.59, just two seconds out of first place. Jeff Day, Tyler
DeVault, Knoxville West grad Dusty Miller and Chris Platt passed the baton on
the Vols' `B' squad.
Tennessee also enjoyed a fruitful day in the 4x400 relay after placing second in 3:14.96. Campbell, Jeremy Burton, Brunson and Jacob Dennis passed the stick for the Vols' 4x400 relay.
Eric Pierce finished in the top three in both the long jump and triple jump. Pierce took third in the triple jump with a 49-2 1/4 measurement Saturday and tied for third in the long jump with a 22-11 3/4 mark Friday.
Freshman Matthieu Pritchett continued his improvement from the indoor season with a lifetime-best 21.32 effort to secure fourth in the 200.
In the 400, Burton finished fifth with a 48.26 clocking. Schappert nabbed eighth in 49.51 despite specializing iin the 800. Likewise, Francois finished ninth in 49.55 after bumping down to the 400. Dennis finished 12th in 49.77.
Michael Hogue placed fifth with a 15-5 leap in the pole vault. Nick Hysong won the event with a 16-10 3/4 jump. Hysong won the gold medal for the U.S. team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, beating silver medalist and former Vol Lawrence Johnson on jumps.
Halls grad Chris Wilson finished seventh in the high jump with a 6-6 3/4 leap. In the invitational discus, Sexton finished 15th with a 151-5 fling. Three Vol decathletes entered the open discus. Alex Hritcu led that group with a fifth-place, 131-11 finish. Farragut products Kevin Yeager and Chris Martland followed with lifetime-best efforts. Yeager took 12th with a 122-10 distance. Martland's 117-4 fling placed 14th in training for his first career decathlon as a Vol.
Friday's action also provided highlights for Tennessee. In addition to Porter's and Sexton's work in the hammer, the Vols also got in some good early-season distance work Friday. Junior Ed Davis led the distance corps with a runner-up, 14:46.53 time in the 5,000, just half a second away from his lifetime-best race and a little more than two seconds behind the winner. Ben Lukowski followed in fourth with a 14:56.26 effort. Matt Piccarello took fifth in 15:04.46. Co-captain Matthew Lapp returned to competitive running for the first time since the 2004 outdoor season after a traffic accident sidelined the junior for the cross country and indoor track season. Lapp finished eighth in 15:31.01 in his first race to knock off some rust.
Doug Brown ran a 9:26.76 to finish fourth in the steeplechase Friday.
Porter took seventh in the shot put with a 53-9 measurement. Martland registered a lifetime-best throw of 42-11 1/2 to take 18th in the shot put in his first action as a Vol. Hritcu and Yeager finished 20th, 40-7, and 21st, 40-5, respectively. In the javelin, redshirt freshman Anthony Immediate tied with Martland for 13th with a 172-3 throw. Yeager's 148-11 mark stands a career best and was good enough for 19th. Hritcu took 21st with a 136-3 measurement.
Tucson, Ariz., marks Tennessee's next stop on the spring break tour. Hritcu, Yeager and Martland take on the season's first decathlon Thursday and Friday at the Arizona Invitational Decathlon. Day, DeVault, Lukowski and Zach Sabatino get in long-distance work Friday at the Stanford Invitational. The remainder of the squad competes Saturday in Tucson at the Jim Click Shootout.
Baldy Castillo Invitational, Tempe, Ariz.
|Saturday, March 19, 2005|
|1.||Lewis Banda, Ariz. St.||20.84 *|
|4.||Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.||21.32 PR|
|1.||Seth Amoo, Ariz. St.||46.70 *|
|5.||Jeremy Burton, Tenn.||48.26|
|8.||Kenny Schappert, Tenn.||49.51|
|9.||Frank Francois, Tenn.||49.55|
|12.||Jacob Dennis, Tenn.||49.77|
|1.||Robert Boulware, Tenn.||14.19 *|
|3.||Damond Campbell, Tenn.||14.37 PR|
|5.||Drew Brunson, Tenn.||14.56|
|6.||Cade Liverman, Tenn.||14.67|
|Campbell, Burton, Brunson, Dennis|
|Schappert, Cross, Kincaid, Francois|
|Day, DeVault, Miller, Platt|
|1.||Bryant Howe, Minn.||7-0 1/2 *|
|7.||Chris Wilson, Tenn.||6-6 3/4|
|--||Drew Brunson, Tenn.||No height|
|1.||Nick Hysong, Unatt.||16-10 3/4*|
|5.||Michael Hogue, Tenn.||15-5|
|1.||Ryan Zimmerman, Ariz. St.||50-2 *|
|3.||Eric Pierce, Tenn.||49-2 1/4|
|1.||Travis Jones, Ariz. St. 171-7 *|
|15.||Jim Sexton, Tenn.||151-5|
|--||Garland Porter, Tenn.||Foul|
|1.||Matt Engebretson, Minn. 151-0|
|5.||Alex Hritcu, Tenn.||131-11|
|12.||Kevin Yeager, Tenn.||122-10 PR|
|14.||Chris Martland, Tenn.||117-4 PR|
|Friday, March 18, 2005|
|1.||Steve Slattery, Nike||8:45.43*|
|4.||Doug Brown, Tenn.||9:26.76|
|1.||Wesley Korir, Louisville||14:44.16|
|2.||Ed Davis, Tenn. 14:46.53|
|4.||Ben Lukowski, Tenn.||14:56.26|
|5.||Matt Piccarello, Tenn.||15:04.46|
|8.||Matthew Lapp, Tenn.||15:31.01|
|1.||Joe Conway, Wis.||23-11|
|3t.||Eric Pierce, Tenn.||22-11 3/4|
|1.||Jeff Chakouian, Ky.||65-6 1/4 *|
|7.||Garland Porter, Tenn.||53-9|
|18.||Chris Martland, Tenn.||42-11 1/2 PR|
|20.||Alex Hritcu, Tenn.||40-7|
|21.||Kevin Yeager, Tenn.||40-5|
|1.||Jarrad Matthews, Texas A&M||212-2 *|
|13t.||Anthony Immediate, Tenn.||172-3|
|13t.||Chris Martland, Tenn.||172-3|
|19.||Kevin Yeager, Tenn.||148-11 PR|
|21.||Alex Hritcu, Tenn.||136-3|
|1.||Garland Porter, Tenn.||205-1 *|
|5.||Jim Sexton, Tenn.||197-0 *, PR|
PR-personal record/career-best mark, *-NCAA regional qualifier.