April 6, 2010
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After uncorking a world-leading time in the 200-meter dash at the Pepsi Florida Relays over the weekend, University of Tennessee sprinter Evander Wells has been named Southeastern Conference Male Co-Runner of the Week.
Wells, a product of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Stone Mountain High School, sizzled Florida's Percy Beard Track last Friday for a readout of 20.47 seconds that ranks No. 1 in the world in 2010 for the half-lap race. He shares distinction this week with Auburn's Marcus Rowland, who logged a world leader of his own in the 100 meters at 10.03.
Remarkably, Wells zipped to that mark while running in heat two, which would be considered the second fastest of the seeded heats. The UT senior was aided by a legal wind of 1.8 meters per second at his back. The first heat, meanwhile, featured several professional runners who had the benefit of an illegal 2.7 gust. Yet, the best time that group could offer was a 20.50 count by Chris Lawson.
In addition to his personal exploits, Wells ran the second leg for the Big Orange's 4x100m relay, helping that tandem roll to a season best of 39.93, and carded the No. 13 time in the nation thus far. He also added a 10.44 result in the 100 meters, which rates him eighth in the SEC this season.
Wells, who is UT's first male SEC honoree this season, will be in action at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium this week as the Vols and Lady Vols play host to the 44th-annual Sea Ray Relays. Wells is expected to be in action on Friday in the 100m and 200m dashes and on Saturday with at least one UT relay unit.
To see a schedule of events, lists of entered competitors, records and a link to live meet results, please go to the Sea Ray Relays Web site at www.utsports.com/sports/m-track/spec-rel/030509aab.html.