Tennessee Hammer Throwers Push SEC into Early Lead at Gatorade Classic

April 8, 2005


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




Score (after one event)
2.Big Ten16
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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