More Solid Performances for No. 2 Vols

Complete Results??

The second-ranked Tennessee men???s track and field team wrapped up its competition at the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday with one win, four personal-best marks and two additional season-best marks while competing in only eight events.

???We left a sizable group at home,??? assistant coach Norbert Elliott said. ???Overall, we came to work on some things and I think we accomplished that. Nathan Grace and John Hewitt had good runs, and Michael Spooner is working himself back into form off of an injury.???

Team captain Michael Hogue returned to Nutter Field House, where he won his second of back-to-back pole vault conference indoor titles last year, and won the event as the Vols placed three vaulters among the top-four finishers. Hogue???s victorious clearance of 17-0 3/4 marks the fourth time in as many meets the two-time All-America has cleared the 17-foot barrier this season. Junior Brad Holtz tied for second with a 16-0 3/4 clearance, and freshman Joseph Berry vaulted over the bar at the same 16-0 3/4 height for fourth after the tiebreakers. Multi-event athlete Michael Ayers ended the event with a 15-1 mark.

Grace ran a personal-best time of 21.86 in his first 200 of the season to finish ninth. Senior Blake Jones lowered his season-best time in the event with a 22.25 clocking. Jones also finished 19th in the preliminaries of the 60, just missing the cut of 18 for the finals in 6.96. Hewitt ran to an indoor personal-best time in the 400, finishing 22nd in 48.58.

Spooner recorded a personal-best time in the 3,000 with his 8:41.05 clocking, lowering the freshman???s previous best effort by 14 seconds. Tennessee recorded two personal-best times in the mile, as sophomore Mike Brodsky and senior Brent Smith ran career-best races. Brodsky crossed the finish line in 4:20.45, lowering his personal-best time by more than two seconds, while Smith stopped the clock at 4:21.93 to reduce his personal-best time by almost four seconds. Sophomore Chris Rapp recorded a time of 8:45.51 in the 3,000.

Junior Nick Panezich was the only Tennessee thrower to place in the shot put as he finished 10th with a mark of 55-2 3/4. Freshman Charlton Rolle led the Vols in the long jump with his 12th-place, 22-5 3/4 leap. Sophomore Jonathan Fluellen recorded a jump of 21-10 to place 18th in his first meet as a Vol.

Tennessee returns to full-squad competition next weekend at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, held at the historic Armory in New York City.

Rod McCravy Memorial, Lexington, Ky.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008
60 preliminaries
1.Gerald Phiri, Texas A&M6.72*
19.Blake Jones, Tenn.6.96
1.Willie Perry, Fla.21.15*
9.Nathan Grace, Tenn.21.86 PR
19.Blake Jones, Tenn.22.25 SB
1.RJ Anderson, Fla.46.87*
22.John Hewitt, Tenn.48.58 SB
1.David Freeman, Unatt.3:58.60* MR
24.Mike Brodsky, Tenn.4:20.45 PR
30.Brent Smith, Tenn.4:21.93 PR
1.Festus Kigen, TCU8:14.67
22.Michael Spooner, Tenn.8:41.05 PR
27.Chris Rapp, Tenn.8:45.51
Pole vault
1.Michael Hogue, Tenn.17-0 3/4*
2-t.Brad Holtz, Tenn.16-0 3/4
4.Joseph Berry, Tenn.16-0 3/4
13.Michael Ayers, Tenn.15-1
--Jangy Addy, Tenn.No Height
Long jump
1.Michael Nichols, Ala.24-4 1/2
12.Charlton Rolle, Tenn.22-5 3/4
18.Jonathan Fluellen, Tenn.21-10
Shot put
1.Sheldon Battle, Unatt.60-8 3/4*
10.Nick Panezich, Tenn.55-2 3/4
--Michael Ayers, Tenn.Foul
*-NCAA provisional-qualifying mark; MR-Rod McCravy Memorial Meet Record; PR-personal best/career best mark; SB-season-best mark.





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