Brunson Qualifies for Pan Am Championships

June 23, 2005

Tennessee's contingent of current and former Vols raced to a solid start overall in both the USA championships and junior championships Thursday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Freshman Drew Brunson led the Vols with a second-place finish in the high jump to qualify for Team USA at the upcoming Pan American Junior Athletics Championships.

In USA juniors competition, Brunson finished second in the high jump after leaping 6-10 3/4. The clearance marks Brunson's best since April 22 when he jumped 6-11 3/4 to set his lifetime best. Brunson entered the meet at 6-6 3/4, which he cleared on his first attempt. He took first attempt misses at both 6-8 3/4 and 6-10 3/4 before clearing on his second attempt. Brunson missed three tries at 7-0 1/2. In the 110 hurdles, Brunson finished third in both the prelims (14.25) and final (14.20). Brunson will compete for Team USA in the high jump and serve as an alternate in the 110 hurdles at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada July 28-31.

Freshman Matthieu Pritchett finished third in both the 100 prelims (10.60) and final (10.63) in juniors competition. The race marked Pritchett's first race since he was slowed by an injury at the SEC championships May 14. His third-place finish makes him an alternate in the 100 and a likely choice for 4x100 relay duty at the Pan American Games.

Moving up to the USA outdoor championships, sophomore Aries Merritt raced through the 110 hurdles prelims with a 13.55 qualifier, the day's seventh fastest. Needing to finish in the top three in his heat to make the cut for the semifinals, Merritt easily advanced with the second-best time in the fourth and final heat. However, former Vol Dawane Wallace, now competing for Nike, was disqualified.



Anthony Famiglietti led the contingent of former Vols after winning his heat and posting the second-fastest steeplechase prelim. Famiglietti's 8:36.64 time easily made the cut for the steeplechase final.

Always a strong opening day decathlete, former Vol Stephen Harris stands fourth in a field of 13 with 4,045 points after the first five events of the decathlon. Harris opened his decathlon with a fifth-place, 11.25 time in the 100. Harris made up some ground with a second-place, 23-8 mark in the long jump. In the third event, Harris took 13th in the shot put with a 40-0 1/2 heave. The former Vol tied for third after clearing 6-10 1/4 in the high jump. Harris concluded his first day in the 400 with a second-place time of 48.83.

In the 800 prelims, former Vol Jebreh Harris ticked off two laps in 1:50.55 to qualify for the semifinals with the ninth-best preliminary time. Needing to finish in the top three in his heat to secure an automatic qualifier, Harris took second in the third heat.

In a surprise, 2004 Olympic pole vault gold medalist Tim Mack missed out on his chance to qualify for the world championships. Mack finished tied for seventh after jumping 17-8 1/2, which he cleared on his second attempt.

USA Outdoor Championships, Carson, Calif.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
1. Duane Solomon, Unatt. 1:48.90 Q
9. Jebreh Harris, Unatt. 1:50.55 Q
1. Daniel Lincoln, Nike 8:35.32 Q
2. Anthony Famiglietti, adidas 8:36.64 Q
110 hurdles-preliminaries
1. Terrence Trammell, Mizuno 13.37 Q
7. Aries Merritt, Tenn. 13.55 Q
-- Dawane Wallace, Nike DQ
Pole vault
1. Brad Walker, Nike 18-10 1/4
7-t. Tim Mack, Nike 17-8 1/2
Decathlon (after first five events)
1. Bryan Clay, Nike 4,322
4. Stephen Harris, Unatt. 4,045
Decathlon 100
1. Bryan Clay, Nike 10.70
5. Stephen Harris, Unatt. 11.25
Decathlon long jump
1. Bryan Clay, Nike 24-5
2. Stephen Harris, Unatt. 23-8
Decathlon shot put
1. Ryan Harlan, Unatt. 52-10
13. Stephen Harris, Unatt. 40-0 1/2
Decathlon high jump
1-t. Chris Boyles, Unatt. 6-11 1/2
1-t. Ryan Harlan, Unatt. 6-11 1/2
3-t. Stephen Harris, Unatt. 6-10 1/4
Decathlon 400
1. Stephen Moore, Unatt. 48.21
2. Stephen Harris, Unatt. 48.83
USA Junior Championships, Carson, Calif.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
1. J-Mee Samuels, Unatt. 10.49 Q
3. Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn. 10.60 Q
1. J-Mee Samuels, Unatt. 10.58
3. Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn. 10.63
110 hurdles-prelim.
1. Dominic Berger, Unatt. 14.11 Q
3. Drew Brunson, Tenn. 14.25 Q
110 hurdles-final
1. Dominic Berger, Md. 13.87
3. Drew Brunson, Tenn. 14.20
High jump
1. Dustin Jonas, Neb. 7-4 1/4
2. Drew Brunson, Tenn. 6-10 3/4
Q-qualified for event semifinals or final, SB-season-best mark, PR-personal record/career-best mark.


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