Big Orange Set For Battle At SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Evander Wells leads the SEC in the 200m entering the meet.

May 13, 2010

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After sitting idle on the first day of the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the University of Tennessee squads will finally swing into action Friday in front of the home fans at UT's Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.

Big Orange athletes will compete in two women's and two men's finals on day two of the meet. The slate gets started at 10 a.m. with the women's hammer throw, where Lady Vols Jessie Harrison, Laquoya Kelly and Taylor Rotella are entered. Drew Thomas will throw the hammer in the men's competition at 1 p.m.

In the final event of the evening at 9:40 p.m., four Tennessee runners will toe the line in the men's 10,000m, including 2009 sixth-place finisher Michael Spooner as well as Leoule Degfae, Chris Bodary and Chris Kane. Ally Colvin will compete in the women's 10K at 8:50 p.m.

Tennessee will have men's and women's entries in the preliminaries of the 800m, 200m and 400m hurdles as well. Three-time SEC 800m (indoor/outdoor) champ Phoebe Wright will participate in the first running event of the meet, the women's 800, at 7 p.m. and will be joined by 2010 league indoor runner-up Chanelle Price among eight Lady Vol entries. The UT men will have 2009 SEC Outdoor scorers Joe Franklin (second) and Emerson Peacock (eighth) among their entries in the 800 at 7:15 p.m.

Evander Wells, the SEC leader in the 200 meters, will hit the track for his preliminary race at 7:50 p.m., while UT will have Lady Vol Ellen Wortham and Vol John Hewitt as its top entries in the 400m hurdles prelims at 8:20 and 8:35, respectively. Wortham was fifth as a rookie in 2009.



On day one, Georgia's Cory Holman jumped to the lead in the men's decathlon with 4,164 points through five events scored. He picked up event wins in the 100m dash (10.58, w: 2.6) and high jump (6-11 1/2) to head to the final day with a 96-point lead over Florida's Gray Horn, the defending champion. Terry Prentice of Arkansas stands in third with 3,976.

In the women's heptathlon, Alabama's Chealsea Taylor sits atop the leader board with 3,580 points. Wins in the high jump (5-11 1/4) and the 200m dash (24.18) propelled her to the lead over Precious Nwokey of Kentucky (3,431) and Kettiany Clarke of South Carolina (3,399). Clarke did have the only record of the first day, running the 100m hurdles in 13.33 to topple a mark of 13.46 previously shared by BYU's Tiffany Lott (1995 NCAAs) and Georgia's Hyleas Fountain (2003 SECs).


Friday, May 14
Hammer Throw Final: Drew Thomas
800m Prelims: Breon Dixon, Joe Franklin, Terrance Livingston, Emerson Peacock
200m Prelims: Evander Wells, Kyle Stevenson
400mH Prelims: Matt Bergquist, John Hewitt
10000m Final: Chris Bodary, Chris Kane, Michael Spooner, Leoule Degfae

Saturday, May 15 Javelin Throw Final: Matt Maloney
Long Jump Final: Desmond Brown, Patrick Crum
1500m Prelims: Mike Brodsky, Chris Rapp Peter Sigilai
Shot Put Final: Ben Bartholomew
400m Prelims: Alan Bachman, Samdi Fraser, Varick Tucker, Deaundra Dailey
100m Prelims: Evander Wells, Kyle Stevenson
3000mSC Final: Steve Fassino, Tom Gilmartin, Michael Spooner

Sunday, May 16 Discus Throw Final: Minor Bowens
4x100mR Final: TBA (Stevenson, Bachman, Wells, Brown, Fraser, Dailey)
Pole Vault Final: Brad Holtz, Robert Rasnick
5000m Final: Steve Fassino, Chris Bodary, Leoule Degfae, Tom Gilmartin, Chris Kane, Peter Sigilai, Michael Spooner
4x400mR Final: TBA (Hewitt, Dailey, Fraser, Tucker, Stevenson, Wells)



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