Tennessee senior Jangy Addy tied the world record in the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles with his time of 7.74 Saturday during the opening event of day two of the heptathlon at the SEC Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Addy won the heptathlon with a personal-best, NCAA automatic-qualifying score of 5,836.
“We had a very good day,” head coach Bill Webb said. “We didn’t go all out with Jangy during this meet. We will be back here in two weeks (for the NCAA championships) and he is in the 60 hurdle final tomorrow, so I didn’t want him to push too much. I’m happy with the number of guys we qualified for tomorrow’s finals. We are in position to score a lot of points, but we have to come out and do it.”
Addy earned 1,048 points for his world-record performance in the heptathlon 60 hurdles. He then moved on to the pole vault, where he extended his personal-best mark in the event with a clearance at 14 feet, 2 3/4 inches before running the 1,000 in 3:01.18 to clinch his second consecutive SEC heptathlon title and third straight conference multi-event crown. Addy also won the decathlon at last year’s SEC Outdoor Championships. The team captain’s score moves him to third on Tennessee’s all-time heptathlon performance list and ranks third in the NCAA this season. Tennessee has won the last four SEC multi-event titles, as former Vol Chris Helwick won the decathlon at the 2006 SEC Outdoor Championships and Addy swept the titles last season.
“This was the culmination of all the hard work Tennessee’s coaches, staff and I have put in,” Addy said. “We accomplished our goal of qualifying for nationals.”
Freshman Michael Ayers finished third in the heptathlon and moved to 10th on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the event after recording a personal-best score of 5,286 points. He recorded personal-best marks in all three events contested on Saturday, beginning with his 8.99 time in the 60 hurdles. The Nashville native then crushed his personal-best mark with a 16-2 1/2 clearance in the pole vault before running 2:46.81 in the 1,000.
“Michael Ayers really grew up in the last four events of the heptathlon,” Webb said. “He competed and did a nice job.”
Richard Wooten scored Tennessee’s first points of the meet as he finished sixth in the weight throw with a toss of 62-4.
Rubin Williams, Evander Wells and Matthieu Pritchett each advanced to the finals in the 60 and 200. Williams clocked the fastest time by a Vol in each event, with his season-best time of 20.55, which is the second-fastest time in the world in the 200, and 6.67 clocking in the 60. Wells followed with a season-best time of 20.91 in the 200, which was the second-fastest preliminary time in the event and ranks ninth in the world this season, and a 6.71 time in the 60 for the fourth-fastest time. Pritchett ran the fifth-fastest 60 time by stopping the clock in 6.72 and enters the 200 final with the sixth-fastest time of 21.21, a season best for the team captain.
Tennessee placed three runners in the final of the 800 as well. Seniors Andrew Dawson and Yarrick Kincaid will line up alongside freshman Axel Mostrag after Dawson finished second in his heat in 1:51.25, Kincaid took second in his heat with a 1:52.35 time and Mostrag clocked 1:51.72 for fourth in his heat.
Addy also advanced to the finals of the 60 hurdles with his preliminary time of 7.86. Sophomore De’Lon Isom moved into a three-way tie for eighth on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the event while also advancing to the finals with his personal-best, 7.88 clocking. Senior Kris Fant stopped the clock in 8.06 in the preliminaries. Sophomore Kyle Stevenson ran a season-best time of 6.82 in the 60 and stopped the clock in 22.13 in the 200. Fellow sophomore Samdi Fraser ran the preliminaries of the 400 in 48.12.
Sophomore Brenard Wilson just missed out on points in the high jump, as he tied his season-best clearance of 6-4 1/4 and placed ninth. Junior Nick Panezich finished 10th in the weight throw with his mark of 56-11 1/4. Freshman Charlton Rolle finished 16th in the long jump with a mark of 22-9 3/4. Senior Chris Platt placed 17th in the 3,000.
With five events completed, Tennessee is fifth in the team standings with 19 points. Arkansas has the lead with 46 points and is followed by Florida in second with 28. Georgia is third with 23 and Kentucky is fourth with 21 points. Tennessee is the only team with three athletes qualified in three different finals. The Vols have the most athletes qualified for Sunday’s finals, which feature the last 12 events of the competition.
The SEC Indoor Championships conclude Sunday with the pole vault beginning the action at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The meet runs through the 4x400 relay, which is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Live results can be found at UTsports.com.
SEC Indoor Championships, Fayetteville, Ark.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
|1.||John Kosgei, LSU||7:57.76*|
|17.||Chris Platt, Tenn.||8:53.07|
|1.||Eugene Martin, Fla.||7-0 1/2*|
|9.||Brenard Wilson, Tenn.||6-4 1/4 SB|
|1.||Alain Bailey, Ark.||25-6 1/4*|
|16.||Charlton Rolle, Tenn.||22-9 3/4|
|1.||Jacob Dunkleberger, Auburn||71-4 1/4**|
|6.||Richard Wooten, Tenn.||62-4|
|10.||Nick Panezich, Tenn.||56-11 1/4|
|1.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||5,836** PR|
|3.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||5,286 PR|
|Heptathlon 60 hurdles|
|1.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||7.74* WR|
|11.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||8.99 PR|
|Heptathlon pole vault|
|1.||Mike Morrison, Fla.||16-6 1/2|
|2.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||16-2 1/2 PR|
|4.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||14-2 3/4 PR|
|1.||Scott Pierce, S. Carolina||2:38.64|
|4.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||2:46.81 PR|
|10.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||3:01.18|
|1.||Trindon Holliday, LSU||6.64q*|
|2.||Rubin Williams, Tenn.||6.67q*|
|4.||Evander Wells, Tenn.||6.71q*|
|5.||Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.||6.72q*|
|13.||Kyle Stevenson, Tenn.||6.82 SB|
|1.||Rubin Williams, Tenn.||20.55q** SB|
|2.||Evander Wells, Tenn.||20.91q* SB|
|6.||Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.||21.21q* SB|
|26.||Kyle Stevenson, Tenn.||22.13|
|1.||Calvin Smith, Fla.||46.41q*|
|20.||Samdi Fraser, Tenn.||48.12|
|--||Nathan Grace, Tenn.||DQ|
|1.||Elkana Kosgei, LSU||1:50.78q|
|3.||Andrew Dawson, Tenn.||1:51.25q|
|4.||Yarrick Kincaid, Tenn.||1:52.35q|
|7.||Axel Mostrag, Tenn.||1:51.72q|
|10.||Paul Cross, Tenn.||1:53.40 SB|
|60 hurdles preliminaries|
|1.||Ty Akins, Auburn||7.78q*|
|3.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||7.86q*|
|6.||De’Lon Isom, Tenn.||7.88q* PR|
|12.||Kris Fant, Tenn.||8.06|
|--||Charlton Rolle, Tenn.||DNF|
|WR-world record; **-NCAA automatic-qualifying mark; *-NCAA provisional-qualifying mark; q-qualified for final; PR-personal record/career best mark; SB-season-best mark.|