March 27, 2010
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The University of Tennessee track & field teams wrapped up their stay at the FSU Relays, bringing their tally of victories to eight for the three-day meet at Mike Long Track. Vol senior Evander Wells and Lady Vol sophomore Ellen Wortham closed the first road trip of the outdoor season on Saturday with wins in the 200-meter dash and 400-meter hurdles, respectively.
Wells led a one-two Big Orange splurge in the men's 200, covering the half-lapper in 21.24 seconds to take top honors. Following him across the line was teammate Kyle Stevenson, who came home in 21.33. The UT seniors had helped UT to runner-up honors in the 4x100m relay on Friday and joined John Hewitt and Samdi Fraser on Saturday to deliver a fourth-place effort of 3:13.70 in the 4x400m relay.
Wortham, meanwhile, navigated the obstacles in the 400m hurdles in a career-best 59.05 to claim victory. She also ran the third leg for the Lady Vols' runner-up 4x400m relay unit, with freshman Martinique Octave, senior Phoebe Wright and junior Kim White joining her in getting the baton across the finish line in 3:40.80.
Vol John Hewitt nearly matched Wortham's triumph in the 400m hurdles, producing a runner-up showing himself in the men's race. The senior traversed the barriers in 52.23 to wind up as the top collegiate finisher and second to unattached competitor Javier Garcia-Tunon (51.18). Sophomore Joe Franklin also collected a second-place result for the squad from Rocky Top, handling the 800m in 1:51.40.
Lady Vol freshman Kia Jackson came through with a pair of third-place finishes in the sprints. The rookie dialed up a 24.74 readout in the 200m and returned to the oval later to log an 11.84 clocking in the 100m. She had anchored UT to second in the 4x100m relay on Friday.
UT's Emerson Peacock snagged the final top-three individual result of the weekend, taking third in the 1500m. The sophomore cranked out a personal-best 3:55.40 to turn in the bronze finish.
"In all areas, it was a good season-opening, training type of meet for our men's and women's teams," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "We had some victories, some personal bests and some times that rate among the best in our conference and even the country right now.
"Coming off the NCAA Indoor Championships, you don't want a real overwhelming meet to start out with, and the schedule and level of competition for this event worked out very well for us. It's just positive for our men's and women's teams to get off to a good start for the outdoor schedule the way they did."
The team travels home Saturday night and will make a return trip to the Sunshine State next weekend, as Tennessee competes in the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville.
200m: 3. Kia Jackson, 24.74 (w:-2.9); 7. Ashley Harris, 25.11 (w: -2.9); 12. Martinique Octave, 25.30 (w: -3.5); 25. Kim White, 26.05! (w: -3.5); 34. Charity Honeycutt, 26.72! (-3.3)
400mH: 1. Ellen Wortham, 59.05!; 12. Kirstyn Sweeney, 1:06.59!; 15. Jená Murphy, 1:07.17!
Shot Put: 5. Aslynn Halvorson, 42-3.50/12.89m; 7. Laquoya Kelly, 41-0.50/12.51m
100m: 3. Kia Jackson, 11.84 (w: 1.1); 9. Ashley Harris, 12.11 (w: 1.1)
1500m: 9. Ramzee Fondren, 4:45.96; 13. Kimarra McDonald, 4:48.73!; 16. Elizabeth Altizer, 4:49.83!; 17. Michele Levy, 4:49.95!; 35. Andrea Ferri, 5:04.68!
4x400m Relay: 2. Martinique Octave / Phoebe Wright / Ellen Wortham / Kim White, 3:40.80; 7. Jená Murphy / Kimarra McDonald / Kirstyn Sweeney / Elizabeth Altizer, 3:54.44
400mH: 2. John Hewitt, 52.23
Discus Throw: 10. Minor Bowens, 131-2/39.97m
800m: 2. Joe Franklin, 1:51.40
DNF - did not finish; DQ - disqualified; f - foul; fr - facility record; m - meters; mr - meet record; nwi - no wind index; p - prelims; sr - school record; ! - personal best