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44th-Annual Sea Ray Relays Underway at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium
Chris Helwick

Chris Helwick

April 7, 2010

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The 44th-annual Sea Ray Relays got underway Wednesday afternoon at the University of Tennessee's Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium. There were no Vols or Lady Vols competing in the men's decathlon or women's heptathlon, but there was a little Big Orange flavor nonetheless.

Former Vol All-American Chris Helwick, now competing post-collegiately for Team Wick-Set, sits in second place halfway through the Scott Hartman decathlon with 3,893 points, seeking a third meet crown to go along with those he won here in 2006 and 2007. Georgia's Cory Holman stands in first place with 4,165 points, while former UT standout Mike Ayers, competing unattached, is in third at 3,833.

Four events into the women's heptathlon, Uhunoma Osazuwa of Syracuse holds a narrow lead over Kentucky's Precious Nwokey, 3,358 to 3,349. South Carolina's Kettiany Clarke is third at 3,284.

Multi-event action wraps up on Thursday, with the final day of the deca beginning at 2 p.m. and the last three events of the heptathlon getting underway at 3 p.m.

The Lady Vols will swing into action on Thursday evening, as the women's hammer throw takes place at 7 p.m. It is the only other event scheduled for Thursday.

The Vols, meanwhile, will join the UT women in two complete days of competition on Friday and Saturday. Friday's slate starts at 12:15 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m., while Saturday's final day, with the exception of the 8:45 a.m. men's hammer, runs from 12:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

 

 

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