Joe Berry was fifth in the Championship Pole Vault Saturday at the Penn Relays.
April 30, 2011
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
PHILADELPHIA -- Tennessee closed the 2011 Penn Relays Saturday with a pair of noteworthy efforts from the women's 4x800m relay and men's pole vaulter Joe Berry in front of a sun-drenched crowd of 48,531 at Franklin Field.
Berry made his first appearance at Franklin Field since winning the Championship Pole Vault title in 2009. The senior from Horsham, Pa., wasn't able to recapture the magic in a return to his home state, however, winding up fifth Saturday. His only clearance, 16-6 3/4, came on the second attempt of his opening height.
The Lady Vol 4x8, meanwhile, produced the Lady Vols' second top-three finish of the meet. Following the runner-up effort of UT's distance medley relay and Amber Zimmerman's third-place 3000m performance on Thursday, the Big Orange women's 4x8 unit turned in a third-place result in the Championship of America race.
The collection of sophomore Nijgia Snapp, junior Brittany Sheffey, freshman Kianna Ruff and junior Chanelle Price covered the 3,200-meter race in eight minutes, 27.29 seconds for the No. 5 mark in school history. After Ruff moved UT from fifth to third position, Price took the baton for the anchor leg. Her race-best split of 2:03.47, however, wasn't enough to propel the Lady Vols to their third straight win in the event, as Duke took the victory in 8:25.95 and Georgetown was second in 8:26.47.
"Obviously, when we come here, we like to win, but I like the effort we put forth," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "On the exchange between the second and third legs, we nearly dropped the baton, and that cost us some time, but overall the effort was good.
"Chanelle had an excellent anchor leg. She was closing well (on the other runners) as the race went on. She just didn't have enough track left to pull out the win."
The Lady Vol 4x200m relay checked in sixth in the Championship of America race in that event. The tandem of juniors Ashley Harris and Ellen Wortham, and sophomore Kia Jackson and Martinique Octave finished in 1:35.83.
The Vols had a sprint entry competing in a college division championship race. The combination of sophomore Reggie Juin, redshirt freshman Dentarius Locke, senior Nathan Grace and freshman Jarael Nelvis ran the 4x100m relay in 40.94 to place eighth.
Tennessee also had 12th-place finishes from Justin Hunter in the Championship High Jump at 6-9 3/4 and the 4x800m relay, which placed 12th in the College division in 7:33.98. Running for the Vols were senior Eric Ryan, junior Joe Franklin, senior Michael Spooner and redshirt freshman Jordan Chaney.
"We got some good work in this weekend in the sprints, distances and jumps," Clark said. "Now we have to go back, reboot and continue our training for the SEC Championships. It's always exciting to come to this meet, and we look forward to coming back here and doing great things."
Speaking of coming back, three former UT standouts were in action in the USA vs. the World portion of the meet, which will be televised later Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN2. Former Lady Vol Phoebe Wright had a nice showing, anchoring the USA Blue squad to second in the sprint medley relay. She ran a 1:59.25 split to help the Americans finish second behind Jamaica in 3:37.81.
Former Lady Vol DeeDee Trotter saw duty on two relays. She ran a 200m hitch for the third-place USA Blue sprint medley relay unit (3:43.17) and later led off for the USA Blue foursome that finished second (3:23.17) in a one-two USA finish in that event.
Justin Gatlin made a return to Philly to run a leg on a USA 4x1. The former Vol handled the opening leg for USA Blue, aiding that group to a 38.66 readout that placed the quartet third behind Jamaica (38.33) and USA Red (38.43).
4x800m Relay Championship: 3. Nijgia Snapp / Brittany Sheffey / Kianna Ruff / Chanelle Price, 8:27.29 4x200m Relay Championship: 6. Ashley Harris / Ellen Wortham / Kia Jackson / Martinique Octave, 1:35.83
Lady Volunteer Results On Friday At The Penn Relays
4x100m Relay Championship: 8. Ashley Harris / Ellen Wortham / Martinique Octave / Kia Jackson, 45.24
4x200m Relay Prelims: Adv. Ashley Harris / Ellen Wortham / Kia Jackson / Martinique Octave, 1:35.97, 2nd, ht. 3 (8th)
4x1500m Relay Championship: DNF - Ramzee Fondren / Liz Costello / Brittany Sheffey / Chanelle Price
Distance Medley Relay Championship: 2. Liz Costello / Ellen Wortham / Chanelle Price / Brittany Sheffey, 10:56.20
3000m Championship: 3. Amber Zimmerman, 10:08.98
4x100m Relay Prelims: Adv. Ashley Harris / Ellen Wortham / Martinique Octave / Kia Jackson, 45.20/2nd, ht. 2 (8th)
Championship Pole Vault: 5. Joe Berry, 16-6.75/5.05m
College 4x100m Relay: 8. Reggie Juin / Dentarius Locke / Nathan Grace / Jarael Nelvis, 40.94
College 4x800m Relay: 12. Eric Ryan / Joe Franklin / Michael Spooner / Jordan Chaney, 7:33.98
Championship High Jump: t12. Justin Hunter, 6-9.75/2.08m
College Pole Vault: 2. Chase Brannon, 16-2.75/4.95m; 11. Tyler Porter, 15-3/4.65m
Championship Long Jump: 4. Justin Hunter, 25-10.25/7.88m (w: tba)
Distance Medley Relay Championship: 13. Jordan Chaney / Varick Tucker / Joe Franklin / Eric Ryan, 9:52.43
110m Hurdles Prelims: 19. Terry Benson, 14.56
400m Hurdles Prelims: 40. Terry Benson, 54.49, 8th, ht. 5
4x100m Relay Prelims: Adv. Reggie Juin / Dentarius Locke / Nathan Grace / Jarael Nelvis, 40.78, 2nd, ht. 3 (12th)
Sprint Medley Relay Championship: FS - Jarael Nelvis / Dentarius Locke / Nathan Grace / Joe Franklin
4x200m Relay Prelims: Did Not Run
3000m Steeplechase College: 4. Steve Fassino, 9:05.28
5000m College: 7. Jake Rainey, 14:32.73!; 25. Chris Rapp, 15:03.68
5000m Championship: 26. Chris Bodary, 14:41.06!
3000m Steeplechase Championship: 13. Michael Spooner, 9:17.02
! - 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