The third-ranked Tennessee men’s track and field team earned seven new regional-qualifying marks and two victories Saturday during the rain-shortened Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta.
After several lightning delays and more bad weather looming, officials ended the meet with seven events remaining after seeing lightning during the 800-meter race.
“The things we got to do, we did well,” head coach Bill Webb said. “We battled rain and wind all day and decided to leave because it was getting colder at the third rain delay. Our relay that got to run was a bright spot, as well as our hurdlers and pole vaulters.”
Team captain Michael Hogue led the Vols in the pole vault, which was delayed in the middle of competition. The three-time All-America was the only vaulter to clear a height after competition resumed and finished with a regional-qualifying clearance of 16-6 3/4 to take top honors in the event. Freshmen Michael Ayers and Joseph Berry finished in the middle of a four-way tie for second with 16-0 3/4 clearances.
Team captain Jangy Addy recorded personal-best and regional-qualifying marks in both of the events he contested. The Norcross, Ga., native took advantage of the familiar surroundings, stopping the clock in 13.73 in the 110 hurdles for a second-place finish and finishing seventh in the shot put with a mark of 55-3 3/4. Sophomore De’Lon Isom placed fifth in the 110 hurdles with a regional-qualifying time of 14.05. Tennessee’s 4x100 relay team of Matthieu Pritchett, Evander Wells, Kyle Stevenson and Rubin Williams won the event in a regional-qualifying time of 39.39.
Junior Nick Panezich extended his personal-best mark in the hammer throw for the second consecutive week. Panezich finished fifth in the hammer throw Friday night with a 193-9 toss that improves his standing in ninth on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the event. On Saturday, Panezich finished sixth in the shot put with a season-best and regional-qualifying mark of 56-3 1/4. Fellow junior Matthew Maloney finished second in the javelin after tossing the spear a regional-qualifying distance of 206-9 and recorded a throw of 172-11 in the hammer.
Sophomore Nathan Grace recorded a personal-best time of 47.95 while finishing 10th in the 400. He was followed immediately by fellow sophomore Samdi Fraser, who crossed the line 11th in 47.96. 800 specialist Justin Hansen dropped down in distance and completed the one-lap race in 51.72. Freshman Mike Brodsky ran to a personal-best time of 3:57.31 in the 1,500 and finished 14th. Junior Steve Tobin was the next Vol across the line, finishing 18th in 3:58.82. Seniors Brent Smith and Dusty Miller placed 23rd and 36th, respectively. Sophomore Jonathan Fluellen was the only Vol in the long jump and his 22-4 1/2 mark placed sixth.
Tennessee gets a sneak peek at the conference championship track next weekend at the Auburn Invitational in Auburn, Ala. The Tigers are this year’s host for the SEC Outdoor Championships in May.
Yellow Jacket Invitational, Atlanta, Ga.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
|1.||Jonathan Reid, Wake Forest||47.22|
|10.||Nathan Grace, Tenn.||47.95 PR|
|11.||Samdi Fraser, Tenn.||47.96|
|26.||Justin Hansen, Tenn.||51.72|
|1.||Jean Pierre Weerts, Auburn||3:45.80*|
|14.||Mike Brodsky, Tenn.||3:57.31 PR|
|18.||Steve Tobin, Tenn.||3:58.82|
|23.||Brent Smith, Tenn.||4:01.67|
|36.||Dusty Miller, Tenn.||4:07.38|
|1.||Ty Akins, Tenn.||13.66*|
|2.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||13.73* PR|
|5.||De’Lon Isom, Tenn.||14.05*|
|--||Charlton Rolle, Tenn.||DNF|
|(Pritchett, Wells, Stevenson and Williams)|
|1.||Michael Hogue, Tenn.||16-6 3/4*|
|2.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||16-0 3/4|
|2.||Joseph Berry, Tenn.||16-0 3/4|
|--||Brad Holtz, Tenn.||No Height|
|1.||Leevan Sands, Unatt.||23-10|
|6.||Jonathan Fluellen, Tenn.||22-4 1/2|
|1.||Rashaud Scott, Ky.||60-6 1/2*|
|6.||Nick Panezich, Tenn.||56-3 1/4* SB|
|7.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||55-3 3/4* PR|
|1.||Chris Hill, Ga.||241-6*|
|2.||Matthew Maloney, Tenn.||206-9*|
|1.||Nate Rolfe, Ga.||210-6*|
|5.||Nick Panezich, Tenn.||193-9* PR|
|14.||Matthew Maloney, Tenn.||172-11|
|PR-personal-best mark; SB season-best mark; *-NCAA regional-qualifying mark|