June 25, 2010
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
DES MOINES, Iowa -- There was a definite Big Orange flavor Friday at Drake Stadium, as several athletes with University of Tennessee ties produced eye-catching performances at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
There were four finals contested involving University of Tennessee products. In the USA Junior division, Lady Vol discus thrower Aslynn Halvorson had the best result. The freshman unloaded a season-best toss of 164 feet, seven inches (50.16m) on her final attempt to nab third place in the women's discus throw. Actually, all four of her fair marks in the competition eclipsed her previous season topper of 159-10, which she posted to take fifth at the SEC Championships. Classmate Jessie Harrison also was in action in the discus, winding up 19th at 138-3 (42.14m).
UT had one finalist each in the USA Senior women's and men's 100m dash. Former Lady Vol Tianna Madison, running for Saucony, matched Halvorson's Junior effort with a bronze medal performance. Her 11.43 effort brought her across the line behind only Allyson Felix (11.27) and LaShaunte'a Moore (11.34). Madison had run 11.45 in the prelims and was the No. 4 advancer out of the semifinals. She'll take part in the long jump Saturday.
In the men's 100m final, Big Orange senior Evander Wells knocked out a seventh-place finish, cruising down the straightaway in 10.39. Wells' classmate, Kyle Stevenson, missed making the final when he reported in 15th in the semis with a 10.66 readout that left him seventh in heat two. Former Vol Rubin Williams nearly joined Wells in the final. While his 10.37 semis output was faster, he wasn't one of the top four in his heat, so he did not earn a bid to the money race. All three, though, will run in the 200m first round on Saturday.
Additionally, former Vol Garland Porter landed a fifth-place toss in the USA Senior men's hammer throw final at 235-6 (71.79m). His fifth attempt proved to be his best effort, but his opening mark of 235-1 still would have been enough for fifth.
After one day and five events of the decathlon, three-time Olympian and former Vol Tom Pappas stands in first with 4,234 points, while ex-UT standout Chris Helwick is ninth with 3,906. Texas A&M's Trinity Otto resides 82 points behind Pappas with 4,512.
Pappas used wins in the shot put (55-5.25/16.87m) and high jump (6-8.75/2.05m) to propel him into the lead at the halfway point. He also grabbed fourth in the 100m dash in 11.00 and long jump at 23-10/7.26m. Helwick's top finish came in the long jump, where he was sixth at 23-6.25/7.17m.
Current Lady Vols Phoebe Wright and Ellen Wortham advanced to the finals and semifinals, respectively, in the 800m and 400m hurdles. Wright led wire-to-wire in winning heat two in 2:01.86 and posting the fifth fastest qualifying mark. The third place finisher a year ago, she will run in her second straight USA final. Wortham, meanwhile, was third in heat two at 58.20 for the No. 13 advancing time.
In two other USA Senior events involving former UT standouts, it was a mixed bag. Two-time Olympian Anthony Famiglietti earned a berth in the final of the 3000m steeplechase. His readout of 8:43.31 enabled him to place third in section one and fourth among the qualifiers for Sunday's final. The news wasn't so good for two-time Lady Vol Olympian DeeDee Trotter, as her 53.06 clocking left her fifth in heat one and 12th overall, unable to move on.
Finally, freshman Martinique Octave was in action in two USA Junior events, placing 16th in the 200m first round at 24.75 and 29th in the 400m first round in 57.89. Classmate Kia Jackson had the misfortune of running into a stifling 4.3 headwind in the 200 and wound up 28th overall in 25.34.
The remaining television schedule is as follows: ESPN will broadcast on June 26 (1 to 2:30 p.m. ET) and June 27 (1 to 2:30 p.m. ET). NBC's telecasts will be June 26 (3 to 4 p.m.) and June 27 (3 to 4 p.m.). For a live results link for USA Championships, please go to: http://www.usatf.org/events/2010/USAOutdoorTFChampionships/schedule.asp. For live video, please go to: http://www.usatf.org/events/2010/USAOutdoorTFChampionships/video.asp.
Women's 400m Hurdles First Round: Adv. (13th) Ellen Wortham, 58.20p/3rd, ht. 2
Women's 100m Semifinals: Adv. (4th) Tianna Madison, 11.45p/2nd, ht. 1 (w: -3.3)
Women's 100m Final: 3. Tianna Madison, 11.43 (w: -2.5)
Women's 400m Semifinals: 12. DeeDee Trotter, 53.06p/5th, ht. 1
Women's 800m Semifinals: Adv. (5th) Phoebe Wright, 2:01.86p/1st, ht. 2
Men's Decathlon (Day One): 1. Tom Pappas, 4,234 (100m: 4th/11.00/w: 3.3/861; LJ: 4th/23-10/7.26m/w: 2.9/876; SP: 1st/55-5.25/16.87m/905; HJ: 1st/6-8.75/2.05m/850; 400m: 10th/51.60/742); 9. Chris Helwick, 3,906 (100m: 7th/11.13/w: 1.5/832; LJ: 6th/23-6.25/7.17m/w: 2.7/8.54; SP: 7th/43-9/13.33m/687; HJ: 8th/6-5/1.96m/767; 400m: 7th/51.06/766)
Men's 3000m Steeplechase First Round: Adv. (4th) Anthony Famiglietti, 8:43.31p/3rd, ht. 1
Men's Hammer Throw Final: 5. Garland Porter, 235-6/71.79m
Men's 100m Semifinals: Adv. (8th) Evander Wells, 10.49p/4th, ht. 2 (w: -3.1); 9. Rubin Williams, 10.37p/5th, ht. 1 (w: -0.5); 15. Kyle Stevenson, 10.66p/7th, ht. 2 (w: -3.1) Men's 100m Final: 7. Evander Wells, 10.39 (w: -1.5)
Women's Discus Throw Final: 3. Aslynn Halvorson, 164-7/50.16m; 19. Jessie Harrison, 138-3/42.14m
Women's 200m First Round: 16. Martinque Octave, 24.75p/4th, ht. 2 (w: -2.2); 28. Kia Jackson, 25.34p/6th, ht. 5 (w: -4.3)
Women's 400m First Round: 29. Martinque Octave 57.89p/7th, ht. 1