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Tennessee Hammer Throwers Push SEC into Early Lead at Gatorade Classic
Garland Porter

Garland Porter

April 8, 2005

Results

Gatorade Classic SEC vs. BIG TEN Challenge

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- The Tennessee hammer trio of Garland Porter, Jim Sexton and Josh Whisman moved the SEC into a 23-16 lead over the Big Ten contingent after the first event of the 33rd Gatorade Classic Friday at UT's Tom Black Track.

Porter won the event with a 208-feet measurement, a lifetime-best effort by six inches. Porter's mark strengthens his hold on the No. 2 spot on Tennessee 's all-time list in the hammer throw.

Sexton, a Knoxville Central graduate, also registered a lifetime-best throw to place second with a 197-5, a five-inch improvement. Sexton stands fifth on Tennessee's all-time hammer list, just four inches behind fourth-place John Hearn.

Whisman took fourth with a regional-qualifying mark of 188-6. Tennessee hogged three of the top four spots in the opening event of the Gatorade Classic. Tim Nguyen opened his season with a lifetime-best throw of 166-4 to earn 12th. Nguyen added more than two feet to his previous lifetime-best hammer throw.

Aaron Ross of Penn State broke up the top-three Tennessee/SEC sweep with his third-place, 190-0 effort.

The Volunteers close the Gatorade Classic with a full day of action Saturday. The first event, the men's and women's long jump, begins at 1:30 p.m. The final event of the meet, the men's 4x400 relay, begins at 6 p.m. A complete schedule of Saturday's action is available on the track page of www.utsports.com.

Gatorade Classic, Knoxville, Tenn. Friday, April 8, 2005

 

 

TENNESSEE RESULTS

Score (after one event)
1.SEC23
2.Big Ten16
Hammer
1.Garland Porter, Tenn.208-0 *, PR
2.Jim Sexton, Tenn.197-5 *, PR
4.Josh Whisman, Tenn.188-6 *
12.Tim Nguyen, Tenn.166-4 PR

SB-season-best mark, PR-personal record/career-best mark, *-NCAA regional qualifier.

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