Feb. 22, 2012
- UT began its season Jan. 13-14 in Lexington, Ky., and that's where the Vols and Lady Vols will be again this weekend, as they compete in the SEC Indoor Championships, Friday through Sunday, at UK's Nutter Field House.
- The women's pentathlon (UT's Ellen Wortham is entered) and men's heptathlon (no Vols entered) mark the start of the meet on Friday at 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. ET, respectively. Saturday and Sunday schedules begin at 11 a.m.
- General admission tickets will be made available to the public for $7 per day, but seating is limited. To check availability, call the UK Ticket Office at 859-257-1818. Ticket holders will be restricted to the bleacher seating in the northwest corner of Nutter Field House and the bleachers along the top portion of the backstretch.
- The Vols have won 18 SEC Indoor titles, the most recent one in 1996, while the Lady Vols own four trophies, including odd-year triumphs in 2005, 2007 and 2009. The last two of those took place in Lexington.
Noting The Big Orange
- Senior Annie Alexander leads the SEC in the women's shot put with a top mark of 58-1 this season.
- Senior Brittany Sheffey ranks No. 2 in the women's 5000m at 16:18.37, and she joins senior Chanelle Price, junior Nijgia Snapp and senior Ellen Wortham on UT's second-rated distance medley relay unit (11:02.74).
- Vols ranked in the SEC top five include redshirt freshman Matthew Hoty (3rd, shot put, 60-0 1/4), sophomore Chase Brannon (3rd, pole vault, 17-5 1/2) and senior Robert Rasnick (4th, pole vault (17-3 3/4). Tyler Porter (ranked sixth at 17-0 3/4) gives UT three men over 17 feet in the vault.
- Other Lady Vols ranked among the women's SEC top five include defending champ Chanelle Price (3rd, 800m, 2:04.25), Nijgia Snapp (4th, 800m, 2:05.49), Brittany Sheffey (4th, mile, 4:40.28) and the 4x400m relay combination of Ellen Wortham, senior Brittany Jones, Chanelle Price and sophomore Kianna Ruff (5th, 3:38.18).
The Big Orange's Returning SEC Champions
- Chanelle Price swept SEC Indoor and Outdoor crowns in the 800m last season.
- Price, Brittany Sheffey and Ashley Harris contributed to UT's meet-record-setting distance medley relay victory in 2011. Additionally, Price was part of the 2010 win in that event, while Sheffey was on the 2008 unit. Ellen Wortham ran on the winning 2009 quartet.
- Annie Alexander claimed the SEC Indoor crown in the shot in 2008 and was the runner-up in 2009 and 2010 before redshirting indoors last season. She owns SEC Outdoor doubles in the shot and discus (2008 and 2011).
- Brittany Sheffey (1500m) and Ellen Wortham (400m hurdles) won 2011 SEC Outdoor titles.
- The Vols currently have no active SEC Indoor champions, but five-time pole vault winner Joe Berry will compete outdoors and has two indoor wins (2009, 2011) and three outdoor triumphs (2008, 2009, 2011) to his credit.
Tennessee Trending At SEC Indoor Meet
- The Lady Vols won the 800m (Chanelle Price), 3000m (Jackie Areson), 5000m (Liz Costello) and DMR (Brittany Sheffey/Ashley Harris/Price/Areson) in 2011, while the Vols won the pole vault (Joe Berry).
- Tennessee has won five-consecutive SEC titles and seven of the past eight crowns in the distance medley relay (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).
- A Lady Vol has won the past three 800m titles and five of the past eight, including Chanelle Price in 2011.
- Price is trying to follow UT's Nicole Cook (2004-05) and Phoebe Wright (2009-10) as back-to-back champs.
- Tennessee has claimed the men's pole vault crown five of the past six seasons (did not win in 2010).
- A UT woman has won the past two 5K crowns and six of the past eight 3K titles.
- Ellen Wortham starts UT off on Friday in the pentathlon. She was fifth in the event as a freshman, fourth as a sophomore and finished third last season with 3,977 points, going on to place eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a personal-record score of 4,042.
- Wortham, the 2011 SEC Outdoor champ in the 400m hurdles, is a 15-time scorer for Tennessee in SEC action, including seven times as a junior. Her year-by-year results can be found in the bio portion of the notes package.
- Freshman Vol sprinter Jamol James looks to have a bright future, lowering his PR in the 60m to 6.72 despite arriving on campus in January without the benefit of fall training. He ranks 10th in the SEC entering the meet.
- Three Vol football players are expected to compete at SECs, including Reggie Juin, Rajion Neal and Devrin Young. Juin was on the track team last year, Neal's first meet was the Akron Invitational on Feb. 11 and Young will be making his debut this weekend. Neal and Young were key contributors for the offensive and special teams units on the gridiron in 2011.
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