April 11, 2009
The Tennessee men's track and field team won one event, added three new NCAA regional qualifying marks and improved three others during a rain-soaked Friday at the Sea Ray Relays. Only seven Vols competed before severe thunderstorms delayed the meet for 3 hours and 32 minutes beginning at 4:13 p.m. ET. Once the meet resumed under the lights, the UT athletes began collecting wins and regional mark improvements.
"I thought we had about as good a day as we could expect given the conditions," Tennessee head coach Bill Webb said. "I thought the sprinters did very well and we competed hard in just about every other event. Our guys handled the circumstances very well throughout the day."
Evander Wells was perhaps the brightest star of the night, posting a regional qualifying time of 21.19 en route to victory in the 200m and also finishing third in the 100m while improving his regional mark to 10.26. Two other Vols in the 100m, Joseph Morris and Kyle Stevenson, also met the regional standard for the first time this season with times of 10.50 and 10.51, respectively.
The two other UT athletes to improve their regional standing were Joseph Franklin and Nick Panezich. In the 800m, Franklin knocked .15 seconds from his existing regional mark, posting a 1:50.05 clocking and finishing third overall. In the discus, Panezich registered a toss of 53.75m (176-4) to improve his season-best mark by slightly more than one meter and finish second.
Other notable performances from UT athletes included a runner-up finish from John Hewitt in the 400m hurdles at 52.49 and a fifth-place finish from Akeem Hardnett in the triple jump at 15.02m (49-3.5). Emerson Peacock also posted a sixth-place finish in the 800m, just missing the NCAA regional threshold with his time of 1:50.86. Alan Bachman was UT's top finisher in the 400m in 14th place at 48.54.
Action resumes Saturday at 10:15 a.m. with the men's open hammer throw. Running events begin at 1 p.m. with the shuttle hurdle relay.
|100 Meter Dash|
|1.||Ryan Bailey||Rend Lake||10.10|
|200 Meter Dash|
|400 Meter Dash|
|800 Meter Run|
|1.||Robert Novak||Seton Hall||1:49.42|
|1500 Meter Run|
|5000 Meter Run Invitational|
|10,000 Meter Run|
|1.||Vincent Tanui||Southern Miss||29:38.86|
|400 Meter Hurdles|
|Discus Throw Invitational|
|1.||Arthur Turland||Saugeen||54.73m 179-07|
|2.||Nick Panezich||Tennessee||53.75m 176-04|
|1.||David Banks||Kentucky||15.40m 50-06.25|
|5.||Akeem Hardnett||Tennessee||15.02m 49-03.50|