Vols Win One Event, Add Three Qualifiers on Day Three of Sea Ray Relays

April 11, 2009

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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.

Tennessee's top distance finishers were 13th-place Axel Mostrag in the 1,500m at 3:54.61, 11th-place Chris Kane in the 5,000m at 15:07.40 and second-place Michael Spooner in the 10,000m at 30:02.55.

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
3. Evander Wells Tennessee 10.26
8. Joseph Morris Tennessee 10.50
10. Kyle Stevenson Tennessee 10.51
200 Meter Dash
1. Evander Wells Tennessee 21.19
4. Kyle Stevenson Tennessee 21.43
6. Joseph Morris Tennessee 21.71
9. Nathan Grace Tennessee 21.84
18. Desmond Brown Tennessee 22.11
400 Meter Dash
1. Antione Drakeford Cincinnati 46.70
14. Alan Bachman Tennessee 48.54
17. Nathan Grace Tennessee 48.74
18. Deaundra Dailey Tennessee 48.76
19. Varick Tucker Tennessee 48.76
800 Meter Run
1. Robert Novak Seton Hall 1:49.42
3. Joe Franklin Tennessee 1:50.05
6. Emerson Peacock Tennessee 1:50.86
1500 Meter Run
1. Anthony Famiglietti Saucony 3:42.77
13. Axel Mostrag Tennessee 3:54.61
26. Mike Brodsky Tennessee 3:59.05
29. Stuart Chandler Tennessee 4:01.71
31. Steve Tobin Tennessee 4:02.39
5000 Meter Run Invitational
1. Eric Finan Cincinnati 14:23.38
11. Chris Kane Tennessee 15:07.40
10,000 Meter Run
1. Vincent Tanui Southern Miss 29:38.86
2. Michael Spooner Tennessee 30:02.55
7. Steve Fassino Tennessee 31:38.74
400 Meter Hurdles
1. Nick Dodson Shorter 52.42
2. John Hewitt Tennessee 52.49
Discus Throw Invitational
1. Arthur Turland Saugeen 54.73m 179-07
2. Nick Panezich Tennessee 53.75m 176-04
Triple Jump
1. David Banks Kentucky 15.40m 50-06.25
5.Akeem Hardnett Tennessee 15.02m 49-03.50





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