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Vols Win Five Events In Home Debut

April 7, 2012

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Lady Vol and Vol track & field teams took advantage of their first home appearance of the season, rolling up a combined 15 event victories at the Tennessee Challenge on a gorgeous Saturday at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.

The Lady Vols tallied 10 of those victories, headlined by national-caliber marks in the 800 meters by senior Chanelle Price, the shot put by senior Annie Alexander and the 1500 meters by senior Brittany Sheffey. The Vols, meanwhile, captured five wins, with redshirt freshman Matthew Hoty (shot put) and senior Terry Benson (110m hurdles) picking up victories in those events for the second straight meet.

Price produced the fastest 800m collegiate clocking of the young season, and her best season-opening time in that event, easily winning in two minutes, 3.36 seconds. Teammate Kianna Ruff was well back in second with a career-best 2:07.11 readout.

Alexander, who entered the meet ranked number four nationally in the shot put, remained undefeated in that event this outdoor season with a heave of 54-6. It was her runner-up discus effort of 183-5, however, that was her best mark of the day. That outburst pushed her to number five nationally. She wound up second behind Louisville's Chinwe Okoro, whose 183-5 toss was good for third on the NCAA list.

Sheffey added the No. 7 output of 2012 in the 1500 meters. She checked in first in that race and won for the second time in two tries this season at that distance. She also picked up a win at the season-opening SEC/Big Ten Challenge.

After setting a Vol freshman outdoor shot put record of 59-9 3/4 last weekend at the UCLA/Washington State Duals, Hoty wasn't able to match that mark on Saturday. He did, however, win for the second straight week, posting a top mark of 58-3 1/4. He also added a third-place showing in the discus at 160-9.

Benson, who fancies himself more of a 400m hurdler, continued to look sharp over the barriers at 110 meters. After winning in 14.05 at UCLA last weekend, he produced a 14.32 output at the Tennessee Challenge and collected his third career victory in that event as a Vol.

Junior Luke Hadden and redshirt freshman Tavis Bailey seized their first wins as Vols. Hadden uncorked a throw of 194-0 to win the javelin, while Bailey let the discus fly for a measurement of 171-1.

The Vols, who ran neither their top 4x100m or 4x400m relay units at this meet, closed out the day with a triumph in the 4x4. Freshman Michael Williams, senior Varick Tucker, junior Garrek Thompson and freshman Jamol James put together a 3:13.25 readout to prevail.

True freshman Nick Kaiser and senior Deaundra Dailey had runner-up showings in the 800m (1:52.14) and 400m (48.94), respectively. James added a third-place effort in the 100m in 10.40 but was technically the top collegiate performer behind two unattached competitors.

"The weather cooperated and allowed us to get some good things done on both sides today," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "On the men's side, Drew (Thomas) had a PR in the hammer. Reggie in the 100m and Tommy in the 1500m had PRs. Arnez and Varick Tucker had some in the 200m. It allowed us to get some good things done, and now it's time to just get sharp for the upcoming meets.

"We had a lot of good season bests across the board. If you add Bodary to that mix from Friday at Stanford, where he had a 20 second PR, we're starting to gain traction. We just have to keep going, and I'm very optimistic that we're going in the right direction."

In addition to the impressive middle distance and throws marks by the Lady Vols, the sprint corps collaborated for the remaining seven wins for Tennessee. Senior Brittany Jones (23.51), junior Martinique Octave (24.08) and senior Ashley Harris (24.36) went 1-2-3 in the 200 meters in one of the most dominant displays of the afternoon.

After winning three individual events a week ago, senior Ellen Wortham was good for two more at home. She took the 100m hurdles in 13.75 and followed with a victory in the open 400m at 54.04. Senior Bianca Blair took the other hurdles title, winning the 400m version in 1:00.68, while junior Kia Jackson sped to the 100m crown in 11.68.

The Lady Vols opened and closed the meet with relay wins. The lineup of Harris, Jones, Octave and Jackson took the 4x100m event in 44.75, while the 4x400m contingent of Ruff, sophomore Brittney Jackson, Price and senior Charity Honeycutt won in 3:45.09.

Jessie Harrison (180-3) and Linda Hadfield (12-7 1/2) added second-place finishes in the hammer throw and pole vault.

"On the women's side, we had ten wins," Clark said. "We had some good, exciting things on the women's side. PRs in the 800 from Amber, Kianna, and Kelsey. Martinique and Kelsey Kane PRed as well. It was a very good meet for us. We learned how to move the stick in the 4x100. We had to figure out some things in the pole vault, but it was a good, solid day for us all around."

UT will be at home for the second straight week, as the Big Orange squads play host to the 46th-annual Sea Ray Relays, Wednesday through Saturday. Day four of the meet will feature the first-ever Sea Rays Showcase, featuring the top men's and women's sections of nine different events from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Big Orange seniors will be recognized during that window of time.

Vol Results At The Tennessee Challenge

Javelin: 1. Luke Hadden, 194-0/59.14m
110m Hurdles: 1. Terry Benson, 14.32 (w: 0.7)
Shot Put: 1. Matthew Hoty, 58-3.25/17.76m; 11. Tavis Bailey, 42-11; 13.08m
Discus Throw: 1. Tavis Bailey, 171-1/52.15m; 3. Matthew Hoty, 160-9/49.00m
4x400m Relay: 1. Michael Williams / Varick Tucker / Garrek Thompson / Jamol James, 3:13.25; 4. Reggie Juin / Nick Kaiser / Arnez Hardnick / Scott March, 3:21.70
400m: 2. Deaundra Dailey, 48.94
800m: 2. Nick Kaiser, 1:52.14; 3. Joe Franklin, 1:52.68; 7. Garrek Thompson, 1:53.64; 14. Scott March, 1:57.72; 15. Breon Dixon, 1:58.08
100m: 3. Jamol James, 10.40 (w: 1.7); 5. Arnez Hardnick, 10.65! (w: 1.7); 7. Reggie Juin, 10.72! (w: 1.7)
4x100m Relay: 3. Reggie Juin / David Hayes / Arnez Hardnick / Varick Tucker, 41.36
Pole Vault: T3. Robert Rasnick, 16-4.75/5.00m; T3. Chase Brannon, 16-4.75/5.00m; 8. Michael Maira, 14-11/4.55m
400mH: 3. Michael Williams, 55.71
Hammer Throw: 4. Drew Thomas, 187-9/57.22m!; 8. Deon McAdoo, 157-10/48.10m
Long Jump: 4. Tyler Anderson, 22-11.25/6.99m (w: -1.6)
200m: 4. Arnez Hardnick, 21.57! (w: 0.2); 5. Reggie Juin, 21.61! (w: 0.2); 7. Varick Tucker, 21.88! (w: 0.2)
Triple Jump: 4. Tyler Anderson, 46-1.50/14.06m (w: -0.2)
1500m: 10. Daniel Tobin, 4:00.91!; 12. Tom Gilmartin, 4:03.88!; 16. Stephen Derlath, 4:08.52!
3000m Steeplechase: DNF - Daniel Tobin; DNF - Tom Gilmartin

Lady Vol Results At The Tennessee Challenge

800m: 1. Chanelle Price, 2:03.36; 2. Kianna Ruff, 2:07.11!; 6. Brittney Jackson, 2:11.93; 8. Amber Zimmerman, 2:14.42!; 10. Patavia Lowery, 2:15.51; 11. Kelsey Kane, 2:16.90!
1500m: 1. Brittany Sheffey, 4:21.32; 5. Kelsey Kane, 4:39.53!; 8. Amirah Johnson, 4:45.41!
200m: 1. Brittany Jones, 23.51 (w: -0.8); 2. Martinique Octave, 24.08 (w: -0.8); 3. Ashley Harris, 24.36 (w: -0.8); 5. Kia Jackson, 24.80 (w: -0.8); 8. Julia Petree, 25.54 (w: -0.1); 9. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 26.00 (w: -0.8); 10. Charity Honeycutt, 26.20 (w: -0.1)
4x100m Relay: 1. Ashley Harris / Brittany Jones / Martinique Octave / Kia Jackson, 44.75
100m: 1. Kia Jackson, 11.68 (w: -0.2); 3. Ashley Harris, 11.88 (w: -0.2); 4. Martinique Octave, 12.06! (w: -0.2)
400m: 1. Ellen Wortham, 54.04!; 3. Julia Petree, 56.40; 6. Charity Honeycutt, 57.04!; 7. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 57.63
100m Hurdles: 1. Ellen Wortham, 13.75 (w: -0.2); 3. Bianca Blair, 14.06 (w: -0.2); 8. Kasha McDougald, 15.07 (w: -0.2); 9. Kirstyn Sweeney, 15:09! (w: -0.2)
Shot Put: 1. Annie Alexander, 54-6/16.61m; 4. Aslynn Halvorson, 47-3.75/14.42m
400mH: 1. Bianca Blair, 1:00.68; 3. Kirstyn Sweeney, 1:05.02
4x400m Relay: 1. Kianna Ruff / Brittney Jackson / Chanelle Price / Charity Honeycutt, 3:45.09; 3. Julia Petree / Patavia Lowery / Amirah Johnson / Ty-Vonna Johnson, 4:00.36
Discus Throw: 2. Annie Alexander, 181-4/55.27m; 5. Aslynn Halvorson, 162-3/49.46m; 6. Jessie Harrison, 148-5/45.24m
Hammer Throw: 2. Jessie Harrison, 180-3/54.95m; 4. Laquoya Kelly, 171-4/52.22m
Pole Vault: 2. Linda Hadfield, 12-7.50/3.85m
Long Jump: 3. Kia Jackson, 17-11.75/5.48m (w: 0.0); 5. Allison Outerbridge, 17-11.50/5.47m! (w: -1.0); 6. Kasha McDougald, 17-8.75/5.40m (w: 1.7)
Triple Jump: 3. Allison Outerbridge, 39-7/12.06m (w: 1.2)
3000m: 3. Elizabeth Altizer, 10:29.12!
Javelin: 4. Katherine Dresch, 122-7/37.37m

! - personal record, DNF - did not finish, DNS - did not start, DQ - disqualified, F- foul, fr - facility record, FS - false start, h - heat, m - meters, mr - meet record, NM - no mark registered, NH - no height registered, p - preliminary round, sr - school record, w - wind-aided



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