Vols Fire for Four Wins at Jim Click Shootout

March 26, 2005

Tennessee wrapped up its four-meet spring break road trip with a bang Saturday after winning four events at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz. The Volunteers took advantage of a week of training to author nine NCAA regional qualifiers, unofficially, Saturday at Roy P. Drachman Track and Field Stadium, though meet officials at Arizona didn't release official results.

"We had a number of bright spots," head coach Bill Webb said. "We got in a lot of training and have a bunch of tired guys but didn't get anyone hurt too bad this week. We didn't run Rubin Williams and had a 4x100 relay that did an excellent job of putting things together. Garland Porter won the hammer with a regional qualifier and lifetime best. Matthieu Pritchett won the 100 with a lifetime best. Jonathan Wade won the 200 with a regional qualifier.

Porter notched a lifetime-best hammer throw of 207 feet, 6 inches to win the event. Porter's 207-6 easily surpasses the regional qualifying standard and tightens his grip on the No. 2 spot on Tennessee's all-time list in the hammer. Knoxville Central grad Jim Sexton took third in the hammer with a regional-qualifying 194-3. Josh Whisman offered up a lifetime-best throw of 190-5 to notch a third regional qualifier in the event for the Vols. Whisman's updated PR stands sixth on Tennessee's all-time hammer list. Three of Tennessee's six all-time best hammer throwers competed for the Vols Saturday.

Tennessee also achieved three wins in the sprints. In his season opener, Wade won the 200 meters with a regional-qualifying 21.09-second time. Though a high hurdler by trade, Aries Merritt registered a career-best 21.31 time to nab silver in the 200. Freshman Cade Liverman, also a hurdler, took 13th in 22.84 in his first outdoor 200.



Freshman Pritchett won the 100 with a lifetime-best time of 10.51, just one-hundredth of a second off the regional standard. In a third sprint-related win, Tennessee pieced together a successful 4x100 relay team. Pritchett, Wade, Merritt and Jeremy Burton got the stick around the track in a regional-qualifying 40.13 to open the season.

Co-captain Robert Boulware took second in the 110 hurdles with a season-best, regional-qualifying time of 14.06. Liverman finished fourth in 14.26, a lifetime best and regional qualifier. Fellow freshman Drew Brunson took seventh in a lifetime-best 14.49.

Burton finished second in a regional-qualifying time of 52.34 in his first 400 hurdles test of the season. Clarksville's Damond Campbell took sixth in 55.14.

Whisman added another regional qualifier in the shot put with a 54-10 3/4 mark to place eighth. Sexton added a lifetime-best heave of 50-4 3/4 to place 10th.

Aside from the ample number of regional qualifiers, several Vols contributed career or season bests. In the 3,000, Matt Piccarello finished second in a lifetime-best 8:42.02. Ed Davis (third, 8:43.81) and Chris Platt (fourth, 8:44.36) followed close behind. Doug Brown took eighth in 9:01.64.

Tennessee's 4x400 relay `A' team struck silver with a season-best time of 3:12.50. Burton, Jacob Dennis, Paul Cross and Brunson carried the stick for the Vols. Tennessee's `B' team of Frank Francois, Kenny Schappert, Campbell and Yarrick Kincaid finished ninth in 3:20.94.

Eric Pierce claimed a pair of bronze finishes in the long jump with a season-best leap of 23-2 1/2 and the triple jump (48-7 1/4). Also in the field, Anthony Immediate's fifth-place, 181-11 javelin mark added nearly 10 feet to last week's season opener. Co-captain Jeff Trembley opened his outdoor season with a 16-2 3/4 pole vault clearance, an inch better than his best indoor vault, though his place is unknown.

Tennessee secured two runner-up finishes in the middle distances. Francois took second in the 800 with a 1:53.63 time. Karns grad Kincaid followed in fourth with a 1:54.41 time. Schappert placed eighth in 1:55.40. In the 1,500, Platt finished second with a 3:56.07 time. Cross raced to fifth in 4:01.43, missing his lifetime best by just three-hundredths of a second. Farragut's Andy Baksa finished eighth in the 1,500 with a time of 4:03.94.

Tennessee's long distance men took advantage of deep and talented fields in the 5,000 and 10,000 to notch significant progress at the Stanford Invitational late Friday night in Palo Alto, Calif. More than 4,000 collegiate and high school athletes crowded Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field. Zach Sabatino led the way with a lifetime-best, provisional qualifier in the 10,000. Sabatino, a transfer from West Virginia, raced to 29th in a star-studded first section after running the longest event in collegiate track in 29:16.85, chopping more than a minute off his previous lifetime-best effort. While Sabatino finished 29th and all 10,000 races are different, the Vol junior's 29:16.85 time would have won the 10,000 at last year's NCAA outdoor meet.

Fellow West Virginia transfer Ben Lukowski took 33rd in the second section with a 29:53.64 in a respectable first collegiate 10,000. Running in the second section, Lukowski's 29:53.64 flirted with the NCAA provisional-qualifying standard of 29:45.00. In the second section of the 5,000, Tyler DeVault finished 16th in 14:10.90 to surpass the NCAA regional-qualifying standard in his first collegiate 5,000. Jeff Day followed in 26th with a time of 14:39.80, a solid foundation in his first 5,000.

Tennessee returns to action Saturday at the Georgia Tech Invitational.


Former Vol and 2004 steeplechase Olympian Anthony Famiglietti finished third in the USA 8K Championship in Manhattan, N.Y. The road race was contested on Randall's Island and looped through Icahn Track and Field Stadium, the first event held at the newly renovated facility. A native of Medford, N.Y., the hometown favorite Famiglietti raced in second place until the late stages of the race. Jorge Torres won the race. Abdi Abdirahman earned silver. Men's times were not released by meet organizers.

(Unofficial results, host Arizona didn't release official results of meet Thursday, Friday or Saturday).

Jim Click Shootout, Tucson, Ariz.
Saturday, March 26, 2005
1Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.10.51 PR
1Jonathan Wade, Tenn.21.09 *
2Aries Merritt, Tenn.21.31 PR
13.Cade Liverman, Tenn.22.84
2Frank Francois, Tenn.1:53.63
4Yarrick Kincaid, Tenn.1:54.41
8Kenny Schappert, Tenn.1:55.40
2Chris Platt, Tenn.3:56.07
5Paul Cross, Tenn.4:01.43
8Andy Baksa, Tenn.4:03.94
2Matt Piccarello, Tenn.8:42.02 PR
3Ed Davis, Tenn.8:43.81
4Chris Platt, Tenn.8:44.36
8Doug Brown, Tenn.9:01.64
110 hurdles
2Robert Boulware, Tenn.14.06 *, SB
4Cade Liverman, Tenn.14.26 *, PR
7Drew Brunson, Tenn.14.49 PR
400 hurdles
2Jeremy Burton, Tenn.52.34 *
6Damond Campbell, Tenn.55.14
4x100 relay
1Tennessee40.13 *
(Pritchett, Wade, Merritt, Burton)
4x400 relay
2Tennessee `A'3:12.50 SB
(Burton, Dennis, Cross, Brunson)
9Tennessee `B'3:20.94
(Francois, Schappert, Campbell, Kincaid)
High jump
--Drew Brunson, Tenn.No height
--Chris Wilson, Tenn.No height
Pole vault
Place unknownJeff Trembley, Tenn.16-2 3/4 SB
Long jump
3Eric Pierce, Tenn.23-2 1/2 SB
Triple jump
3Eric Pierce, Tenn.48-7 1/4
Shot put
8Josh Whisman, Tenn.54-10 3/4 *
10.Jim Sexton, Tenn.50-4 3/4 PR
5Anthony Immediate, Tenn.181-11 SB
1Garland Porter, Tenn.207-6 *, PR
3Jim Sexton, Tenn.194-3 *
5Josh Whisman, Tenn.190-5 *, PR
Stanford Invitational, Palo Alto, Calif.
Friday, March 25, 2005 -- Official results
5,000-Section 2
1Garrett Heath, Unatt.14:03.96 *
16.Tyler DeVault, Tenn.14:10.90*
26.Jeff Day, Tenn.14:39.80
10,000-Section 1
1Josphat Boit, Ark.28:07.27 ##
29.Zach Sabatino, Tenn.29:16.85 #,PR
10,000-Section 2
1Kaleb VanOrt, Notre Dame28:59.35 ##
33.Ben Lukowski, Tenn.29:53.64

SB-season-best mark; PR-personal record/career-best mark; *-NCAA regional qualifier; ##-NCAA automatic qualifier in the 10,000; #-NCAA provisional qualifier in the 10,000.



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