April 13, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Conserving a good portion of their firepower for Saturday's Sea Ray Showcase events, the Tennessee track & field teams still had enough firepower in their arsenal to scratch out a pair of victories and six other top-three finishes Friday at the 46th-annual Sea Ray Relays.
Junior Martinique Octave claimed the Big Orange's first victory of the day at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium, winning the women's 200-meter dash in a season-best 23.95 seconds. The victory was the third outdoor 200m triumph of Octave's career and her first in 2012 after runner-up efforts the past two weekends.
Redshirt freshman Tavis Bailey seized the first Vol triumph of the meet. After winning the discus throw at the Tennessee Challenge at 171-1 last Saturday, Bailey posted a top mark of 176-9 to claim the invitational men's discus crown at Sea Rays. He has not finished lower than second in any of his four discus competitions this season and currently ranks No. 4 in the SEC.
Lady Vol senior Brittany Jones carded a runner-up showing in the women's 100m dash. The senior zipped down the straightaway in 11.66 seconds to finish just behind the winner, Adella King of Indiana Tech, who checked in at 11.58 in heat one.
Vol Arnez Hardnick followed suit with a second-place finish in the men's 100m dash. The junior covered the distance in a career-best 11.60 in heat one, edging Tremaine Gordon of Rend Lake in a photo finish. Unattached competitor Brad Davis, however, produced a time of 10.56 out of heat three to get the victory.
In the men's shot put, Matthew Hoty saw his streak of shot put victories come to an end. After winning the past two weekends, the redshirt freshman settled for third Friday evening at 55-10 1/2. After winning the discus throw earlier, Bailey added a fifth-place effort in the shot at 51-5 3/4.
Austin-East graduate Bianca Blair produced a third-place finish in the women's 100m hurdles on the track she ran on as a youth. The Lady Vol senior did so with a readout of 13.70. Vol freshman Michael Williams added a third-place showing in the men's 400m hurdles, finishing in a season-best 54.13.
Sophomore Linda Hadfield cleared the same height as winner Vera Neuenswander (unattached), but Hadfield's number of attempts during the competition left her in fourth place despite a season-best effort of 13-1 1/2. Senior Ashley Harris also added a fourth-place effort, running a career-best 54.66 in the 400m dash as she continues to show marked improvement in that event.
Allison Outerbridge uncorked a career-best leap of 40-5 1/2 to place fourth in the triple jump, while Elizabeth Altizer led a quartet of Lady Vols running PRs in the 800m. Altizer finished fourth in 2:13.25.
Vol senior Terry Benson checked in fifth in the men's 110m hurdles, clocking a time of 14.16 with a 2.2 meters per second wind at his back. Classmate Deaundra Dailey chipped in a fifth-place effort, running 48.79 in the 400 meters for his best time of the outdoor campaign, while Tom Gilmartin added a personal-record 9:24.11 in the 3000m steeplechase.
Former Lady Vol standouts Sarah Bowman (3000m, 9:23.61) and Celriece Law (110mH, 13.28) picked up victories, as did former Vol Drew Brunson (110mH, 13.75). The win by Law was her third at this meet. She also won in 2008 and 2009.
"We had 11 or so PRs, so it was a really good day on all sides," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "We had good PRs in the 800 from Elizabeth Altizer, Charity Honeycutt and Patavia Lowery, and Ashley Harris had a good run in the 400 meters. It's good to see those marks, and I believe she'll (Harris) be able to score for us at the conference meet in the quarter.
"Martinique cutting down her time in the 200 to the 23-second range was fun, and a local product, Julia Petree, showed a 10-second PR in the 800. Amirah Johnson added one in the 1500m and Outerbridge in the triple jump again, so there were just a lot of good things going on throughout the entire meet. On the men's side, Tommy G, Stephen Derlath and Arnez Hardnick had PRs as well.
"On our first day, with the good weather, we were able to produce some marks that were the student-athletes' best. With what we are trying to do, we held back some of the athletes who scored at the SEC Indoor meet for the Sea Ray Showcase tomorrow, and hopefully we can have similar results in the Showcase.
"Tavis was just off his PR in the shot and won the discus, so that's very good for a freshman, and are looking forward to him continuing to grow that way. Matt Hoty didn't have his typical day, but we know he'll be O.K. He's proven, he'll come around and Coach (John) Frazier will get him where we need him to be when it's time." Saturday's schedule is packed with 30 running events and nine field events, but the fan-friendly "Sea Ray Showcase" will make its debut, offering fans a two-hour window (noon to 2 p.m.) to view the top men's and women's races in nine events. Those events include the 200m dash, 1500m run, 800m run, 400m hurdles, 400m dash and 100m dash, as well as the distance medley, 4x100m and 4x400m relays. UT's 2012 seniors also will be introduced on the track in front of the press box at 1:45 p.m.
Inv. Discus Throw: 1. Tavis Bailey, 176-9/53.87m; 8. Matthew Hoty, 154-6/47.10m
100m: 2. Arnez Hardnick, 10.60! (w: 0.5); 7. Reggie Juin, 10.78 (w: 0.5)
Shot Put: 3. Matthew Hoty, 55-10.50/17.03m; 5. Tavis Bailey, 51-5 .75/15.69m
400m Hurdles: 3. Michael Williams, 54.13
110m Hurdles: 5. Terry Benson, 14.16w (w: 2.2)
400m: 5. Deaundra Dailey, 48.79
3000m Steeplechase: 5. Tom Gilmartin, 9:24.11!; 7. Daniel Tobin, 9:46.60
Triple Jump: 6. Tyler Anderson, 46-11/14.30m (w: -1.2)
Pole Vault: 6. Michael Maira, 15-1/4.60m!
5000m: 8. Stephen Derlath, 15:07.62!
200m: 11. Reggie Juin, 21.79 (w: 1.7)
800m: 16. Scott March, 1:56.41; 27. Breon Dixon, 1:58.33
200m: 1. Martinique Octave, 23.95 (w: -0.8); 3. Kia Jackson, 24.15 (-0.8)
100m: 2. Brittany Jones, 11.66 (w: 0.9)
100m Hurdles: 3. Bianca Blair, 13.70 (w: 1.8); 15. Kasha McDougald, 14.34 (w: 1.8)
Pole Vault: 4. Linda Hadfield, 13-1.50/4.00m
400m: 4. Ashley Harris, 54.66!; 11. Chanelle Price, 55.61
800m: 4. Elizabeth Altizer, 2:13.25!; 6. Charity Honeycutt, 2:13.53!; 8. Patavia Lowery, 2:14.24!; 11. Julia Petree, 2:15.37!; 17. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 2:17.29
Triple Jump: 4. Allison Outerbridge, 40-5.50/12.33m! (w: -0.7)
400m Hurdles: 7. Brittney Jackson, 1:03.47
3000m: 9. Elizabeth Tiller, 11:40.52
1500m: 9. Amirah Johnson, 4:41.17!
Hammer Throw: 5. Jessie Harrison, 177-0/53.94m; 9. Laquoya Kelly, 160-6/48.92m
! - 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