March 29, 2012

March 31, 2012   |   10 a.m. PT
Drake Stadium   |   Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Tennessee originally was scheduled to compete in a dual meet with UCLA on Saturday. Washington State now has joined the festivities, so UT will compete in scored men's and women's dual meets vs. UCLA and WSU.

  • Field event action gets underway at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. ET) on Saturday at Drake Stadium, while running events are slated to start at 2:05 PT (5:05 ET).

  • The men's UT-UCLA dual tradition began in 1971 and was contested nearly every season (except 1980, 1982) until 1983 before being restarted in 2011. UCLA leads, 11-1. The women's series, which includes meetings in 1996 and 2011, is tied at 1-1.

  • The Lady Vols enter as the only top-25 team in the field, standing at No. 14 in the USTFCCCA Preseason Rankings.

Noting The Big Orange

    A Year Ago In Westwood
  • The 15th-ranked Lady Vols won a thriller in 2011, edging the hosts, 82-81, while the Vols dropped a 111-50 decision to the Bruins on April 2 at UCLA's Drake Stadium.
  • Tennessee won nine women's events and six men's events during the competition.
  • Annie Alexander was one of two UT women to card a pair of victories, toppling her 2008 school record in the shot put with a blast of 57-9 3/4 and carding a toss of 179-8 in the discus.
  • The Vols had a pair of double-victors, including Dentarius Locke, who tied Willie Gault's 1983 meet record in the 100m at 10.29 and carded a win in the 200m at 20.71 as well.
  • Other two-event winners were Terry Benson (men's 110mH, 400mH), Brittany Sheffey (women's 800m, 1500m) and Ellen Wortham (women's 400mH, long jump).
  • The Lady Vols set six meet records, including Sheffey in the 800m (2:09.09) and 1500m (4:22.16), Martinique Octave in the 200m (24.17), Ellen Wortham in the 400m hurdles (56.62), Annie Alexander in the shot (57-9 3/4) and Holly Kane in the javelin (136-9).
  • Wortham's win in the 400m hurdles last season at this meet produced the nation's No. 1 clocking (56.62) at the time, as she edged UCLA's Turquoise Thompson, who delivered the No. 2 mark at 56.73.

    Berry Will Not Compete Outdoors

  • Senior pole vaulter Joe Berry has been dismissed from the squad due to a violation of team rules.
  • Berry did not compete indoors in 2012 because he had only outdoor eligibility remaining this season.
  • During his career, Berry was a five-time SEC champion, winning indoors in 2009 and 2011, and claiming first outdoors in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
  • Berry finished his time at UT ranked No. 9 outdoors in the pole vault at 17-9 (5.41m) and stands No. 8 indoors at 17-8 1/2 (5.40m).

    Upcoming Meets

  • The Vols and Lady Vols will play host to their first home meet of the season on April 7, as five squads join the Big Orange for the Tennessee Challenge at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.
  • Akron, Carson-Newman, East Tennessee State, Louisville and North Carolina A&T will be in town for the Tennessee Challenge, which features field events beginning at 9 a.m. and running events getting started at 12:30 p.m.
  • On April 11-14, the 46th-annual Sea Ray Relays will take place on the UT campus, beginning with the combined events at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and noon on Thursday. Friday action gets underway at 12:15 p.m., while Saturday's brand new Sea Ray Showcase is set to start at noon.

    Brand New "Sea Ray Showcase" Set To Debut In 2012

  • Saturday at the Sea Relays will be different this season, as the Sea Ray Showcase features a two-hour window that includes only the top men's and women's heats and sections for nine events.
  • Being contested during the Sea Ray Showcase will be the 200m, 1500m, 800m, 400m hurdles, 400m and 100m as well as the distance medley, 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
  • Tennessee's seniors also will be recognized on the track during a brief ceromony at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday.
  • In addition to the showcase events, a full slate of field events will be taking place on Saturday, beginning with the men's hammer throw at 8:45 a.m.
  • Immediately after the showcase, the meet climaxes with a bevy of relay races, running from 2:10 to 5:45 p.m.

Complete Meet Notes





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