The Tennessee men’s track and field team concluded the Virginia Tech Invitational on Saturday by earning four personal-best marks and winning one event.
“We picked up where we left off (Friday),” head coach Bill Webb said. “We had strong performances, especially the lifetime bests in the pole vault by Brad Holtz and Jangy Addy, and a nice win by our 4x400 relay team even though all the guys on the relay had already competed in other events.”
Holtz recorded personal-best marks in two events and Michael Ayers earned a new personal-best shot put mark as the hepathletes completed four events during the two-day meet. Holtz, who tied for ninth, vaulted over the pole vault bar at 16-10 3/4, raising his PR by four inches in the event. Earlier in the day, Holtz recorded a mark of 38-0 3/4 in the shot put, extending his previous personal-best mark by two inches. Ayers ended the shot put competition with a mark of 40-1 1/2, which bettered his previous personal-best mark by four inches, and cleared 14-7 in the pole vault. Fellow multi-eventer Jangy Addy cleared a personal-best height of 13-11 in the pole vault one day after running to a tie for 10th on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the 55 hurdles.
Tennessee’s 4x400 relay team of John Hewitt, Evander Wells, Nathan Grace and Samdi Fraser won the event in a time of 3:14.06. Wells followed his NCAA provisional-qualifying performance in the 55-meter dash on Friday night by running the 200 in 21.72 seconds to place third. Matthieu Pritchett finished fifth in the 200 in 21.83 one day after taking third in the 55.
“It was a tough break for Evander stumbling out of the blocks (on the start of the 200) in lane four on the banked turn,” Webb said. “It’s one of those circumstances where we are hurt by not being able to train on a banked indoor track. He gave up about 10 yards at the beginning and came back to run extremely well.”
Michael Hogue improved his NCAA provisional-qualifying mark in the pole vault with his season-best clearance of 17-2 3/4 and a fourth place finish. Nick Panezich led the Vols in the shot put with his fifth-place, 55-8 1/2 effort, while Richard Wooten recorded a mark of 53-8 1/2 to take sixth in the event. Joseph Berry finished the pole vault with a 15-11 3/4 clearance.
Chris Platt finished 11th in the 3,000 with his time of 8:52.54. Mike Brodsky made his Tennessee debut with a 14th-place, 4:27.67 finish in the mile. Fellow redshirt freshman Chris Rapp also made his first run in Orange and finished 16th in the 3,000 after completing the 15-lap race in 9:18.49. The Vols also ran a second 4x400 relay team consisting of Pritchett, Charlton Rolle, De’Lon Isom and Kyle Stevenson that placed 12th with its 3:24.71 finish.
Tennessee returns to action next Saturday as the Vols team up with Kentucky and Florida to take on Indiana, Illinois and Purdue in the Big Ten-SEC Challenge in Bloomington, Ind.
Virginia Tech Invitational, Blacksburg, Va.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008
|1.||Trenton Guy, Clemson||21.58|
|3.||Evander Wells, Tenn.||21.72|
|5.||Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.||21.83|
|33.||Blake Jones, Tenn.||23.32|
|1.||Ayalew Taye, Georgetown||4:11.66|
|14.||Mike Brodsky, Tenn.||4:27.67|
|1.||Tomas Kovacs, High Point||8:16.22|
|11.||Chris Platt, Tenn.||8:52.54|
|16.||Chris Rapp, Tenn.||9:18.49|
|(Hewitt, Wells, Grace, Fraser)|
|(Pritchett, Rolle, Isom, Stevenson)|
|1.||Brian Mondshein, PV Power||17-06.50|
|4.||Michael Hogue, Tenn.||17-2 3/4* SB|
|9t.||Brad Holtz, Tenn.||16-10 3/4 PR|
|13.||Joseph Berry, Tenn.||15-11 3/4|
|19.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||14-7|
|24.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||13-11 PR|
|1.||Clendon Henderson, Liberty||61-10 1/2*|
|5.||Nick Panezich, Tenn.||55-8 1/2|
|6.||Richard Wooten, Tenn.||53-8 1/2|
|24.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||40-1 1/2 PR|
|27.||Brad Holtz, Tenn.||38-0 3/4 PR|
|*-NCAA provisional-qualifying mark; PR-personal best/career best mark; SB-season-best mark.|