April 21, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tavis Bailey, Bianca Blair and Varick Tucker picked up victories Saturday afternoon, as the Tennessee track & field teams closed out their stay in the Music City for the Vanderbilt Invitational.
Bailey, a redshirt freshman, captured his third-straight victory in the discus. His mark of 176 feet, four inches was his second-best this season. It marked the fifth time in five meets this year that he has posted either a win or runner-up finish.
In the women's 100-meter hurdles, Blair zipped to her fastest time as a Lady Vol. That readout of 13.65 seconds, ninth-fastest in the SEC this season, also carried the senior to her first victory in that event in her two years at Rocky Top.
Tucker, meanwhile, won for the second time in three outings, circling the track in 47.53 to take the 400m dash crown. He has finished in the top three in all four races at that distance this season.
While she didn't win, Lady Vol sophomore Linda Hadfield had a career-best performance in the pole vault to finish second. Her clearance of 13-4 1/4 was the fifth-best in school history and moved her to No. 3 on UT's all-time list behind Jessica Reust and Alicia Essex. It also ties her for sixth in the SEC this season.
Annie Alexander added another runner-up finish. The senior, who ranks No. 1 in the SEC this season and in the top five nationally, produced a throw of 171-10.
Vol Tyler Anderson and Lady Vol Brittney Jackson chipped in third-place finishes. Anderson did so with a leap of 45-10 1/2 in the triple jump, while Jackson ran the 400m hurdles in a season-best 1:02.52.
"Overall, for what we were trying to do to tune up for next weekend and the upcoming SEC meet, we had a lot of good PRs and event wins this weekend," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "From the men's 1500m to the women's pole vault, we had PRs throughout the meet, and it was a nice performance for Tavis in the discus to close out the meet.
"This was a good, solid meet for us. We've been moving along nicely, and this was just another step for our program."
Tennessee will split up for two different meets next weekend. The bulk of the squad will head to Philadelphia, where Tennessee will compete in the 118th Penn Relays from Thursday to Saturday. The throwers, meanwhile, will head west to the UCSD Triton Invitational in LaJolla, Calif. That meet takes place Friday and Saturday.
400m: 1. Varick Tucker, 47.53
Triple Jump: 3. Tyler Anderson, 45-10.50/13.98m (w: 0.0)
400m Hurdles: 4. Michael Williams, 53.87!
Hammer Throw: 5. Drew Thomas, 178-1/54.29m; 9. Deon McAdoo, 159-11/48.74m
100m: 7. Desmond Brown, 10.94 (w: 0.7)
800m: 17. Scott March, 1:58.00
Javelin Throw: 1. Lucas Hadden, 197-7/60.23m; 2. Chase Brannon, 196-1/59.77m!
3000m Steeplechase: 2. Tom Gilmartin, 9:15.80!; 4. Daniel Tobin, 9:21.37!
Pole Vault: 2. Robert Rasnick, 17-2.75/5.25m; 4. Chase Brannon, 16-0.75/4.90m; 7. Michael Maira, 15-1/4.60m!
Long Jump: 4. Desmond Brown, 24-1/7.34m (w: 1.1); 8. Tyler Anderson, 23-0.75/7.03m (w: 1.2)
1500m: 20. Scott March, 4:07.96; 21. Breon Dixon, 4:09.78!
200m: 30. Tyler Anderson, 22.79 (w: 0.9)
100m Hurdles: 1. Bianca Blair, 13.65 (w: 0.7); 14. Kasha McDougald, 15.13 (w: 0.7)
Pole Vault: 2. Linda Hadfield, 13-4.25/4.07m!
Discus Throw: 2. Annie Alexander, 171-10/52.39m; 5. Aslynn Halvorson, 155-4/47.34m
400m Hurdles: 3. Brittney Jackson, 1:02.52
800m: 5. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 2:13.09
Long Jump: 2. Kia Jackson, 19-9.50/6.03m! (w: 0.7); 10. Kasha McDougald, 17-8.75/5.40m (w: 1.8); NM - Jazmen Townsend, F
Javelin Throw: 4. Katherine Dresch, 121-11/37.16m
1500m: 6. Elizabeth Altizer, 4:31.46!; 16. Patavia Lowery, 4:46.23!
! - 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