March 23, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Tennessee men's and women's track & field teams did their fair share Friday to help their conference forge a split in the SEC-Big Ten Challenge at Mississippi State's Carl Maddox Track.
Competing in its outdoor season opener on a gusty day, UT's troops helped the SEC defeat the Big Ten, 390-323 in the women's competition. The Big Ten came out on top in the men's battle, however, triumphing 400.5 to 314.5. The SEC sent only Ole Miss, host MSU and Tennessee into action, while the Big Ten had athletes on hand from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State (men's team only), Purdue and Wisconsin.
"It was a good way to start the outdoor season, get some work in and have some fun in the process," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "The weather cooperated, we got a lot of people involved and enjoyed contributing to the team scoring.
"Not only was it a good beginning to the outdoor season, but I saw us building on the momentum in the team's progress. We added some guys in the throws today who didn't compete indoors but will make us stronger outdoors, and that's a positive for our program."
The 14th-ranked Lady Vols played a key role in the SEC victory, winning seven events and adding two runner-up finishes. The Vols, meanwhile, posted five second-place results to aid the league cause. Points were awarded on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for first through eighth places.
Senior Annie Alexander was a double winner for the Big Orange, taking the women's shot put and discus throws. The defending SEC Outdoor shot and discus champ did so with tosses of 56-0 1/2 and 169-10, respectively.
The women's sprint corps had a big day for Tennessee as well. Junior Kia Jackson posted a wind-aided 11.41 clocking to take the 100m dash, senior Brittany Jones won the 200 meters with a readout of 23.53 and junior Nijgia Snapp claimed the 400 meters in 54.07. The Lady Vols also added a triumph in the 4x100m relay, with senior Ashley Harris, Jones, junior Martinique Octave and Jackson circling the track in 44.78.
Senior Brittany Sheffey chipped in a victory in the 1500 meters, covering the distance in 4:22.55.
"The women had some good wins from Annie, Kia, Nijgia, the 4x1, Brittany Sheffey and Brittany Jones, who had a PR in the 200," Clark said. "It was a nice opener, but we need to keep building as the season progresses."
The Vols picked up three of their second-place outcomes in the sprints. Varick Tucker was just 2/100ths of a second off his personal best to take runner-up honors in the 400 meters at 47.39. Sophomore Jarael Nelvis had his silver performance in the 200, producing a wind-aided 20.83 effort. Junior Reggie Juin, freshman Jamol James, Nelvis and junior Arnez Hardnick collaborated on a 40.13 effort in the 4x100m relay for the third runner-up showing.
Tennessee's men picked up their other two seconds in the throws from a pair of first-time competitors who transferred from North Carolina schools. Redshirt freshman Tavis Bailey, a former football player at Lenoir-Rhyne, unloaded a toss of 173-11 in the discus. Junior Luke Hadden, previously an ACC scorer for Wake Forest, flung the javelin 201-8 in his first action for the Vols. Also worth noting was sophomore pole vaulter Chase Brannon taking third in the javelin at 189-0.
"The men's 4x1 ran faster today than it did last year, and we lost two from that unit and had another (Desmond Brown) not run today due to a minor injury," Clark said. "We showed some promise in the 200, it was good to have Joe Franklin back out there in the 800, and we had Tavis Bailey, Luke Hadden and Chase Brannon provide an immediate impact in the throws in their first time out. Overall, it was a good start for the men's team."
Tennessee returns to action next weekend, as they travel to Los Angeles for the UCLA Dual on March 31.
400m: 2. Varick Tucker, 47.39; 11. David Hayes, 49.08!; 16. Garrek Thompson, 49.66
Javelin Throw: 2. Luke Hadden, 201-8/61.47m!; 3. Chase Brannon, 189-0/57.60m!
Discus Throw: 2. Tavis Bailey, 173-11/53.01m; 11. Matthew Hoty, 146-9/44.72m
4x100m Relay: 2. Reggie Juin / Jamol James / Jarael Nelvis / Arnez Hardnick, 40.13
200m: 2. Jarael Nelvis, 20.83w (4.6); 4. Jamol James, 21.04w (3.4); 7. Arnez Hardnick, 21.25w (3.0); 9. Reggie Juin, 21.45w (3.0); DNF - Deaundra Dailey
Shot Put: 3. Matthew Hoty, 58-3.25/17.76m!; 8. Tavis Bailey, 51-8.25/15.75m!
4x400m Relay: 4. Michael Williams / Terry Benson / David Hayes / Varick Tucker, 3:12.37; 11. Arnez Hardnick / Nick Kaiser / Reggie Juin / Garrek Thompson, 3:22.27
400m Hurdles: 5. Terry Benson, 52.52; 15. Michael Williams, 56.53
Triple Jump: 6. Tyler Anderson, 45-6.25/13.87m (0.0)
800m: 6. Joe Franklin, 1:55.37; 17. Scott March, 1:59.53; 19. Daniel Tobin, 2:01.59!
Hammer Throw: 7. Drew Thomas, 180-9/55.09m
Long Jump: 7. Tyler Anderson, 22-9.25/6.94m (-0.8); NM - Desmond Brown, F
100m: 7. Arnez Hardnick, 10.65! (-0.1); 9. Reggie Juin, 10.74! (-0.1)
3000m: 8. Chris Bodary, 8:26.21!; 17. Tom Gilmartin, 8:57.62!
1500m: 9. Daniel Tobin, 4:00.95!; 15. Nick Kaiser, 4:03.95!; 17. Joe Franklin, 4:06.77; 19. Tom Gilmartin, 4:09.90!
Pole Vault: NM - Robert Rasnick
Shot Put: 1. Annie Alexander, 56-0.50/17.08m; 10. Aslynn Halvorson, 42-11.50/13.09m
Discus Throw: 1. Annie Alexander, 169-10/51.77m; 4. Aslynn Halvorson, 158-8/48.36m; 7. Jessie Harrison, 150-9/45.94m
400m: 1. Nijgia Snapp, 54.07; 6. Ashley Harris, 55.50!; 7. Chanelle Price, 56.17; 18. Charity Honeycutt, 58.52; 19. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 59.43
100m: 1. Kia Jackson, 11.41w (5.9); 8. Kasha McDougald, 12.34! (1.8)
200m: 1. Brittany Jones, 23.53 (w.1.7); 3. Kia Jackson, 24.13 (1.7), 4. Martinique Octave, 24.18 (1.7); 7. Ashley Harris, 24.60w (2.5); 12. Kasha McDougald, 25.53! (1.7); 16. Charity Honeycutt, 26.09w (2.5)
4x100m Relay: 1. Ashley Harris / Brittany Jones / Martinique Octave / Kia Jackson, 44.78
1500m: 1. Brittany Sheffey, 4:22.55; 16. Kianna Ruff, 4:41.80!; 17. Elizabeth Altizer, 4:42.72; 20. Kelsey Kane, 4:44.33!; 27. Patavia Lowery, 4:51.13!; 28. Brittney Jackson, 4:53.13!; 30. Amirah Johnson, 4:57.31!; 32. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 5:03.12!; DNF - Nijgia Snapp
Triple Jump: 2. Allison Outerbridge, 39-7.75/12.08m (0.0)
100m Hurdles: 2. Bianca Blair, 13.72 (-0.2); 11. Kasha McDougald, 14.46 (-0.2); 16. Kirstyn Sweeney, 14.84w (2.3)
HammerThrow: 3. Laquoya Kelly, 167-5/51.03m; 4. Jessie Harrison, 167-4/51.00m
Pole Vault: 3. Linda Hadfield, 12-3.50/3.75m; 4. Erin Champion, 12-3.50/3.75m!
800m: 3. Brittany Sheffey, 2:10.90; 21. Kelsey Kane, 2:20.37!; 23. Patavia Lowery, 2:20.89; 24. Elizabeth Altizer, 2:21.48; 26. Amirah Johnson, 2:22.77; DNF - Julia Petree
400m Hurdles: 3. Bianca Blair, 1:01.13; 7. Kirstyn Sweeney, 1:03.42!
4x400m Relay: 4. Martinique Octave / Kianna Ruff / Nijgia Snapp / Ashley Harris, 3:44.63; 11. Brittney Jackson / Patavia Lowery / Chanelle Price / Bianca Blair, 3:56.08; 12. Ty-Vonna Johnson / Charity Honeycutt / Elizabeth Altizer / Kirstyn Sweeney, 3:57.88
Javelin Throw: 6. Katherine Dresch, 125-11/38.37m!
Long Jump: 17. Allison Outerbridge, 17-1.50/5.22m (0.0); NM - Jazmen Townsend, F
* - NCAA Automatic Mark, ! - Personal Best, ^ - Oversized Track, $ - SEC Record, a - American Record, adv. - Advanced to next round, b - Banked Track, c - Collegiate Record, dna - Did Not Advance, dnf - Did Not Finish, dq - Disqualified, dnr - Did Not Run, F - Foul, f - Facility Record, fr - Freshman Record, fs - False Start, H - Heptathlon, h - Hand-Timed, mr - Meet Record, nm - No Mark, p - Time Run In Prelims, P - Pentathlon, sr - School Record, u - Undersized Track, w - World Record