April 23, 2011
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's Ellen Wortham remained unbeaten in the 400m hurdles, and Justin Hunter posted a runner-up finish in the triple jump as the Vols and Lady Vols closed their stay Saturday at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville.
Wortham, a junior from Maryville, battled windy conditions to check in first in the 400 hurdles in 58.36 seconds, nearly two seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. She remains undefeated in the event after four competitions this season and continues to rank No. 2 in the NCAA. Teammate Bianca Blair was fourth in 1:01.69, while Jená Murphy placed fifth in 1:02.04, matching her career best.
Hunter, meanwhile, followed up Friday's runner-up outcome in the long jump with a second-place result in the triple jump. His mark of 49-10 was well behind the 51-4 1/4 effort of unattached competitor Kentá Bell.
Earlier in the day, Wortham ran the second leg on UT's 4x100m relay unit, helping that tandem to a season-best time of 44.73. VCU was nearly a second behind in 45.67. Joining Wortham in carrying the baton were Ashley Harris, Martinique Octave and Kia Jackson.
In the women's 100m dash, the wind fueled a trio of Lady Vols to the fastest times of their careers. Though their times will not count officially as personal bests due to breezes in excess of 2.0 meters per second, Jackson (11.63), Harris (11.81) and Octave (11.82) finished third, fifth and sixth, respectively.
Elsewhere, Minor Bowens wound up fourth in the men's discus throw with a toss of 150-11, and Blair was fifth in the women's 100m hurdles in 14.10.
400m Hurdles: 1. Ellen Wortham, 58.36; 4. Bianca Blair, 1:01.69; 5. Jená Murphy, 1:02.04!
4x100m Relay: 1. Ashley Harris / Ellen Wortham / Martinique Octave / Kia Jackson, 44.73
100m Dash: 3. Kia Jackson, 11.63w (w: 3.9); 5. Ashley Harris, 11.81w (w: 3.2); 6. Martinique Octave, 11.82w (w: 2.1)
100m Hurdles: 5. Bianca Blair, 14.10 (w: 1.6)
Pole Vault: NH - Linda Hadfield, F
Long Jump: 12. Jazmen Townsend, 16-5.25/5.01m (w: 0.8)
! - personal record, DNF - did not finish, DQ - disqualified, - 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