Vols Pile Up Seven wins at Knoxville Twilight Meet

May 6, 2005

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- Tennessee's track and field squad put the bookend on the home schedule Friday night by accumulating seven wins at the Knoxville Twilight Meet on Tom Black Track. Two Vols notched double victories as Garland Porter won the shot put and discus and co-captain Robert Boulware took the 100 meters and 110 hurdles.

"We had several lifetime bests and season bests," head coach Bill Webb said. "The coaches will meet Monday to finalize our travel squad for SECs. This gives us a clearer picture as to where we are. Some people got a good tune up for the SEC meet. The big thing about this meet is we get an extra day to rest, we're not traveling and we had good weather.

Porter won the shot put with a season-best, regional-qualifying mark of 56 feet to take the team lead. He also capped his night with a discus win, sporting a lifetime-best fling of 162-3.

Boulware won two events in the home closer. Boulware took the 110 hurdles, his specialty, in a season-best, regional-qualifying time of 14.00 seconds. Boulware also won the 100 with a lifetime-best 10.82 effort.

One week after a Vol quartet seized the shuttle hurdle relay at the Penn Relays, Tennessee's high hurdlers remained hot. In addition to Boulware's win, Damond Campbell took silver, registering a lifetime-best, regional-qualifying time of 14.13 in the process. Drew Brunson also notched a lifetime-best and regional-qualifying time of 14.21 in the 110 hurdles to earn third. Cade Liverman finished fourth with a regional-qualifying time of 14.29. Tennessee's two decathletes also sharpened their hurdling form, as Chris Helwick (seventh, 15.08) and Chris Martland (eighth, 15.84) both ran career bests.



Liverman won the 400 hurdles with a time of 54.50.

Pole vaulter Michael Hogue tied his season-best leap of 16-6 ¾ to win the pole vault with a regional qualifier. Knoxville West grad Andy Lane finished second with a 16-0 ¾ clearance, matching his season best.

Alonzo Williams won the triple jump with a season-best 46-11 ¾ measurement down the sand pit.

In addition to Porter's wins, Tennessee's throwers made good use of the meet. In the shot put, Knoxville Central grad Jim Sexton nabbed silver with a lifetime-best mark of 53-2 ¾. In training for next week's SEC decathlon, Farragut grad Kevin Yeager finished fifth with a 41-10 measurement, just an inch off his season-best effort. In the discus, Sexton finished second with a 156-3 mark. Helwick took third with a 154-5 measurement, an astounding 19 feet farther than his previous lifetime best mark. Martland finished seventh with a 113-5 fling.

Tennessee's high jumpers also notched some improvement. Martland tied for second with a lifetime-best leap of 6-8 ¾. Halls grad Chris Wilson tied for second with a season-best 6-8 ¾ clearance. Brunson also tied for second with a 6-8 ¾ leap. Helwick took fifth after jumping 6-4 ¾.

Though his specialty is the 800, Paul Cross dropped down and took second in his first 400 of the year. Cross' 48.19 took the team lead in the 400. Jeremy Burton finished third with a 48.32 effort. Jacob Dennis followed in fourth with a 48.34 season-best time.

Former Vol Leigh Smith, competing for the Knoxville Track Club Friday night, won the javelin with a season-best 249-1 mark, pushing him to fourth on the U.S. list this year. Tennessee's Anthony Immediate finished second with a 171-3 measurement.

In the 800, Karns grad Yarrick Kincaid notched a lifetime-best time of 1:50.41, a mere one-hundredth of a second off the regional standard, to take third. Chris Platt took eighth in 1:56.57.

Doug Brown finished third in the 1,500 with a lifetime-best clocking of 4:00.73. Kincaid returned to the track in the 1,500 with a fourth-place, 4:09.61 worksheet.

Tennessee welcomed esteemed guests from far and wide as former Vol greats Frank Albertson, Sam Hill, Alf Holmberg, Marty Korik and Don Riley returned to The Hill and the program they nurtured in the late 1940s and `50s. Holmberg is visiting the valley of the Vols from his native Sweden. These self-proclaimed "Ancients" ran for Tennessee in the post World War II era and laid the foundation for the Volunteers' modern era success.

Albertson, Holmberg and John Trent were involved in a memorable three-way Tennessee tie for the 1951 SEC mile championship. Holmberg earned the Vols' first All-America certificate in cross country in 1951. Pole vaulter Korik won the Vols' first two Penn Relay titles with a 13-0 clearance in 1949 and a 13-8 jump in 1950. Riley ran on one of Tennessee's earliest SEC cross country championship teams. Hill lost only one 440-yard dash in 1954.

Tennessee travels to Nashville for the SEC outdoor championships Thursday through Sunday in annually one of the most anticipated meets of the season.

Knoxville Twilight Meet, Knoxville, Tenn.
Friday, May 6, 2005

1.Robert Boulware, Tenn.10.82 PR
1.Ernest Gibson, Fisk47.93
2.Paul Cross, Tenn.48.19
3.Jeremy Burton, Tenn.48.32
4.Jacob Dennis, Tenn.48.34 SB
1.Elkana Chepsiror, Va. Intermont1:48.10 *
3.Yarrick Kincaid, Tenn.1:50.41 PR
8.Chris Platt, Tenn.1:56.57
1.Brent Smith, Knoxville TC3:57.24 PR
3.Doug Brown, Tenn.4:00.73 PR
4.Yarrick Kincaid, Tenn.4:09.61
110 hurdles
1.Robert Boulware, Tenn.14.00 *, SB
2.Damond Campbell, Tenn.14.13 *, PR
3.Drew Brunson, Tenn.14.21 *, PR
4.Cade Liverman, Tenn.14.29 *
7.Chris Helwick, Tenn.15.08 PR
8.Chris Martland, Tenn.15.84 PR
400 hurdles
1.Cade Liverman, Tenn.54.50
4x100 relay
4x400 relay
1.Cumberland College3:22.57
High jump
1.James Jones, Unatt.6-8 ¾ SB
2t.Chris Martland, Tenn.6-8 ¾ PR
2t.Chris Wilson, Tenn.6-8 ¾ SB
2t.Drew Brunson, Tenn.6-8 3/4
5.Chris Helwick, Tenn.6-4 3/4
Pole vault
1.Michael Hogue, Tenn.16-6 ¾ *, SB
2.Andy Lane, Tenn.16-0 ¾ SB
Long jump
1.Stephen Harris, Knoxville TC24-3 ¾ *
Triple jump
1.Alonzo Williams, Tenn.46-11 ¾ SB
Shot put
1.Garland Porter, Tenn.56-0 *, SB
2.Jim Sexton, Tenn.53-2 3/4 PR
5.Kevin Yeager, Tenn.41-10
1.Garland Porter, Tenn.162-3 PR
2.Jim Sexton, Tenn.156-3
3.Chris Helwick, Tenn.154-5 PR
7.Chris Martland, Tenn.113-5
1.Leigh Smith, Knoxville TC249-1 *
2.Anthony Immediate, Tenn.171-3

SB-season-best mark, PR-personal record/career-best mark, *-NCAA regional qualifier.



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