March 18, 2009
The Tennessee men's track and field opens its 2009 outdoor season Friday at the USF Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Fla. The coaching staff and 30 athletes have spent UT's spring break training in the warm weather of southwest Florida and will begin their march towards the NCAA Championships Friday at 12:00 p.m.
"We're making a quick transition from the indoor season to the outdoor season," Tennessee head coach Bill Webb said. "We're training here during the week and we're assured of warm weather for the meet. I look forward to seeing where we are with some of the outdoor events--discus, hammer, 110 hurdles, 400 hurdles."
Tennessee has entered at least two athletes in 14 different events, including three Vols who will compete in orange and white for the first time. Sophomore Robert Rasnick will join an already deep group of pole vault specialists that includes two-time SEC Champion Joe Berry, Brad Holtz and Michael Ayers.
In addition to the newcomers, Tennessee has a number of athletes competing in off events as part of training. Evander Wells, an eight-time All-America honoree in the 60m, 100m and 200m, will run the 400m and participate in the long jump. The pole vault group will also run the 100m.
SEC shot put champion Nick Panezich will join Richard Wooten in the throws, while Brenard Wilson will look to build on his scoring performance from the SEC Indoor Championships in the long jump.
Hurdler Charlton Rolle will compete in both the 110m hurdles and the 400m hurdlers.
The first field event is the hammer throw, and the running events begin at 5 p.m.