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Track Captains Named for 2008



The Tennessee men’s track and field team has selected three athletes to serve as captains for the 2008 season. All-America seniors Jangy Addy, Michael Hogue and Matthieu Pritchett were elected by their teammates to lead this year’s team, head coach Bill Webb announced Thursday.

“We have added two more leaders in addition to Jangy (who also served as team captain last season),” Webb said. “All three guys are worthy, deserving individual leaders in their event areas.”

Addy’s selection marks the third consecutive season Tennessee will be led by a returning captain. The Norcross, Ga., native earned his first All-America certificate with a third-place finish in the decathlon at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships after winning the SEC title in the heptathlon indoors and decathlon outdoors. Addy’s athleticism shows on Tennessee’s all-time performance lists as he owns the sixth position on the school’s 60-meter hurdle list while also ranking fourth in the heptathlon and seventh in the decathlon. Addy also holds the school record in the decathlon shot put.

Hogue vaulted to ninth on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the pole vault with his 17-8 1/2 clearance that placed him fifth at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships and earned him his first All-America certificate. The Germantown native earned his second All-America honor three months later by finishing seventh in the pole vault at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Hogue has won three of the last four SEC pole vault titles, beginning with the 2006 indoor conference title, with the only blemish coming to former Vol Chris Helwick at the 2006 SEC Outdoor Championships. Hogue won both the indoor and outdoor pole vault at last year’s SEC championships and is the first Vol to win back-to-back indoor pole vault championships since Lawrence Johnson in 1993-94.

Pritchett ranks ninth on Tennessee’s all-time list in the 60 and has led off both of Tennessee’s 4x100 relays that are tied for fourth-fastest in school history. The Enka-Candler, N.C., native teamed with Jonathan Wade, Aries Merritt and Rubin Williams to clock a time of 38.86 and finish second at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships before joining Evander Wells, Kyle Stevenson and Williams to run the exact same time at last year’s national championship meet, placing third. The 2007 quartet also broke the Audrey J. Walton Stadium record in the 4x100 relay during the preliminaries of the Mideast Regional. Pritchett is no stranger to leading the track team. He and fellow senior Brent Smith were chosen to represent the track Vols on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) during the 2007-08 school year.

The third-ranked Vols team with fourth-ranked Florida and Kentucky in Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday to compete against Illinois, Indiana and Purdue in the Big Ten-SEC Challenge.


 

 

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