May 11, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Tennessee track & field teams scored in three events and advanced seven runners out of preliminary round races on Friday at the SEC Outdoor Championships at Bernie Moore Stadium.
After UT's first day of activity at the meet and the second day overall, the Vols stand in sixth with three points, while the Lady Vols are in eighth with seven. Arkansas stands atop the men's standings after three events scored with 49, while Georgia leads the women's battle with 26.
Laquoya Kelly and Jessie Harrison shrugged off early-afternoon rainfall to deliver Tennessee seven points in the women's hammer throw in the day's first event. Competing in her final SEC meet, Kelly scored outdoors for the first time since taking sixth as a freshman. Her career-best toss of 180-feet, 11 inches was good for fifth place and four points. Junior Jessie Harrison, a three-time point-producer indoors in the weight throw, scored for the first time outdoors. Her toss of 176-9 earned UT three points for sixth.
"On the women's side we had some good achievements," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "Laquoya coming in fifth in the hammer and Jessie taking sixth and getting some points on the board there was important for us. We then came back and advanced three in the 800 with PRs from two of them, showing that they've come to run and are on their "A" game.
"Advancing two in the 400m hurdles and another in the 200 added to a good start on the women's side, but we have to keep it up. It's the SEC meet."
Competing in the men's hammer throw during a dry evening session, junior Drew Thomas delivered the first points of the meet to the Vol account. His toss of 184-4 on his fourth attempt enabled him to finish seventh and procure two points for Team Orange. Thomas was sixth indoors in the weight throw earlier this season.
Junior Chris Bodary added another point for the Tennessee men, racing to eighth place in the 10,000 meters. He did so with a time of 30:38.32 and scored in SEC competition for the third time this season after placing fifth in the 5K and eighth in the 3K indoors.
"Without question, we are definitely rebuilding on the men's side and are scrapping for every point we possibly can," Clark said. "Scoring seventh in the hammer, Bodary not projected to score in the 10K but getting a point for us, and advancing one in the 400m hurdles - we are picking away at it. We just have to keep our nose to the grindstone and stay very positive. They are doing a good job with what we have, and what we have are young men who are going out there and doing their very best for Tennessee."
As Clark mentioned, Tennessee advanced seven out of preliminary round races on Friday. Three moved along in the women's 800m, two did so in the women's 400m hurdles and one qualified in both the men's 400m hurdles and women's 200m dash.
In the women's 800 meters, defending champion senior Chanelle Price won heat three and posted the top qualifying time at two minutes, 4.25 seconds. Also moving along were sophomore Kianna Ruff, who was second in heat three and had the No. 2 qualifier in a career-best 2:04.88, and junior Nijgia Snapp, who won heat one and had the fourth-best prelim mark in a personal-best 2:06.10.
In the women's 400m hurdles, defending SEC champion senior Ellen Wortham handled the 10 obstacles in 56.62 to win heat one with the top time of the preliminary round by more than a second. Classmate Bianca Blair joined her in Sunday's championship race, running a 1:00.10 clocking that was just shy of her career best.
Senior Terry Benson gave the Big Orange a qualifier in the men's 400m hurdles, as well. Qualifying for the final a year ago before being disqualified, Benson suffered no such misfortune in 2012, taking third in heat three and checking in with the No. 8 advancing time in a career-best 51.50.
Lady Vol senior Brittany Jones was the only other qualifier for Tennessee, and she did so impressively in the 200m. Running in heat one, she was victorious with a wind-aided mark (2.7 mps) of 23.24 that ranked second-best of the nine advancing runners. It also is the fastest clocking of her career.
Hammer Throw: 7. Drew Thomas, 184-4/56.19m; 12. Deon McAdoo, 155-11/47.53m
10000m Final: 8. Chris Bodary, 30:38.32; 19. Stephen Derlath, 32:31.68!
400m Hurdles Prelims: Adv. Terry Benson, 51.50p!/3rd, ht. 3 (8th); 12. Michael Williams, 52.97p!/5th, ht. 2
800m Prelims: 13. Nick Kaiser, 1:51.88p/4th. ht. 1; 20. Garrek Thompson, 1:53.70p/5th, ht. 4; 22. Joe Franklin, 1:54.60p/5th, ht. 2; 23. Antonio Carter, 1:54.84p/7th, ht. 1
200m Prelims: 16. Jarael Nelvis, 21.66p (w:-0.5)/5th, ht. 1; 18. Arnez Hardnick, 21.73p (w: -1.2)/6th, ht. 3; 19. Jamol James, 21.76p (w: -1.1)/4th, ht. 4; 24. Reggie Juin, 22.11p (w: -0.5)/6th, ht. 1
Hammer Throw: 5. Laquoya Kelly, 180-11/55.15m! ; 6. Jessie Harrison, 176-9/53.88m
800m Prelims: Adv. Chanelle Price, 2:04.25p/1st, ht. 3 (1st); Adv. Kianna Ruff, 2:04.88p!/2nd, ht. 3 (2nd); Adv. Nijgia Snapp, 2:06.10p!/1st, ht. 1 (4th); 12. Elizabeth Altizer, 2:09.34p!/6th, ht. 1; 13. Brittney Jackson, 2:09.83p/4th, ht. 3; 15. Amirah Johnson, 2:11.05p!/7th, ht. 1; 16. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 2:11.12p/8th, ht. 1; 19. Charity Honeycutt, 2:12.38p!/5th, ht. 3; 21. Patavia Lowery, 2:16.98p/7th, ht. 2; 22. Julia Petree, 2:17.77p/7th, ht. 3
400m Hurdles Prelims: Adv. Ellen Wortham, 56.62p/1st, ht. 1 (1st); Adv. Bianca Blair, 1:00.10p/4th, ht. 2 (9th)
200m Prelims: Adv. Brittany Jones, 23.24pw (w: 2.7)/1st. ht. 1 (2nd); 12. Martinique Octave, 24.00p (w: -0.5)/3rd, ht. 3; 14. Ashley Harris, 24.14p (w: -1.2)/3rd, ht. 2; 17. Kia Jackson, 24.34p (w: -0.5) /5th, ht. 3
! - 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