The top-ranked Tennessee men’s track and field team earned 10 personal-best marks, four additional season-best marks and an NCAA automatic-qualifying time Friday during the first day of the New Balance Invitational in New York City.
“Jangy (Addy) had a great day,” head coach Bill Webb said. “Rubin (Williams) and Evander Wells ran well as well. Chris Platt got us off to a good start. We are looking forward to tomorrow and a big day in the 200.”
Team captain Jangy Addy blazed to a personal-best and NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 7.67 seconds during the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles. The senior is now qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the event for the second consecutive year. His time also ties him with Willie Gault for third on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the 60 hurdles and, based on times entering the weekend, is the fastest time in the NCAA this season. Addy also recorded a personal-best, NCAA provisional-qualifying mark of 24-8 1/4 while winning the college section of the long jump.
All-Americas Rubin Williams and Evander Wells led the field in the 60 preliminaries by running identical 6.64 times to take the top-two spots entering the final. The time is a personal-best for both sprinters, and they are now tied for fourth on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the event. In the finals, Williams placed fifth in 6.69 and Wells finished eighth with a time of 6.74.
Tennessee’s distance runners earned three personal-best marks and one additional season-best time in the 3,000. Senior Chris Platt outraced the field in the college section to take the win in a new personal-best time of 8:14.34. He was followed by fellow senior Matt Piccarello’s season-best clocking of 8:30.04. Junior Andrew Press and freshman Michael Spooner each recorded personal-best times of 8:32.28 and 8:32.40, respectively. Paul Cross ran a season-best time of 1:56.63 in the 800, while Justin Hansen stopped the clock at 1:59.83.
Senior Matthieu Pritchett just missed on the finals of the 60 with his season-best 6.75 clocking, but finished second in the consolation final with the same 6.75 time. Sophomore Kyle Stevenson ran 6.93 in the preliminaries. De’Lon Isom missed qualifying for the finals in the 60 hurdles by one spot with his personal-best preliminary time of 7.91. The sophomore finished seventh in the consolation finals with an 8.04 clocking.
Freshman Charlton Rolle just missed a personal-best clocking with his 8.07 time during the preliminaries of the 60 hurdles. Senior Kris Fant also clocked in at 8.07 during the preliminaries. Sophomore Samdi Fraser clocked a season-best time in the 400 as he stopped the clock at 48.05. Fellow sophomores Nathan Grace and John Hewitt clocked in at 49.09 and 49.22, respectively. Tennessee’s distance medley team of Andrew Dawson, Fraser, Axel Mostrag and Yarrick Kincaid finished the relay in 10:07.12.
Junior Nick Panezich finished seventh in the shot put with a mark of 55-1. Fellow junior Richard Wooten’s 52-10 mark placed 17th. Rolle added to his personal-best leap in the long jump with a mark of 23-4 that placed eighth in the college section. Freshman Michael Ayers was 18th with a personal-best jump of 22-5 3/4 and Akeem Hardnett recorded a jump of 21-8.
The New Balance Collegiate Invitational concludes Saturday with a full day of events. Live results can be found on UTsports.com.
New Balance Collegiate Invitational, New York, N.Y.
|1.||Richard Thompson, LSU||6.57**|
|5.||Rubin Williams, Tenn.||6.69*|
|8.||Evander Wells, Tenn.||6.74*|
|1.||J-Mee Samuels, Ark.||6.69*|
|2.||Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.||6.75 SB|
|1.||Rubin Williams, Tenn.||6.64q* PR|
|2.||Evander Wells, Tenn.||6.64q* PR|
|9.||Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.||6.75q SB|
|31.||Kyle Stevenson, Tenn.||6.93|
|1.||Miles Smith, SE Mo.||46.75q*|
|20.||Samdi Fraser, Tenn.||48.05 SB|
|43.||Nathan Grace, Tenn.||49.09|
|48.||John Hewitt, Tenn.||49.22|
|800 college section|
|1.||Danny Harris, Georgetown||1:52.62|
|30.||Paul Cross, Tenn.||1:56.63 SB|
|63.||Justin Hansen, Tenn.||1:59.83|
|3,000 college section|
|1.||Chris Platt, Tenn.||8:14.34 PR|
|22.||Matt Piccarello, Tenn.||8:30.04 SB|
|27.||Andrew Press, Tenn.||8:32.28 PR|
|31.||Michael Spooner, Tenn.||8:32.40 PR|
|60 hurdles final|
|1.||Sheldon Leith, Ok.||7.73*|
|--||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||False Start|
|60 hurdles consolation|
|1.||Ronald Forbes, Fla. Int’l||7.68**|
|7.||De’Lon Isom, Tenn.||8.04|
|60 hurdles preliminaries|
|1.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||7.67q** PR|
|9.||De’Lon Isom, Tenn.||7.91q* PR|
|22.||Charlton Rolle, Tenn.||8.07|
|23.||Kris Fant, Tenn.||8.07|
|Distance medley relay championship section|
|9.||Tennessee (Dawson, Fraser, Mostrag, Kincaid)||10:07.12|
|Long jump college section|
|1.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||24-8 1/4* PR|
|8.||Charlton Rolle, Tenn.||23-4 PR|
|18.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||22-5 3/4 PR|
|33.||Akeem Hardnett, Tenn.||21-8|
|1.||Rashaud Scott, Ky.||58-11 1/4*|
|7.||Nick Panezich, Tenn.||55-1|
|17.||Richard Wooten, Tenn.||52-10|
PR-personal record/career best mark; SB-season-best mark; **-NCAA automatic-qualifying mark; *-NCAA provisional-qualifying mark; q-qualified for finals