Tennessee team captain Jangy Addy leads the Scott Hartman Decathlon with 4,096 points after the first day of the 42nd Sea Ray Relays. Addy and freshman Michael Ayers, who scored 3,907, treated the home crowd to the top-two performances Wednesday.
“Today was a good first day,” head coach Bill Webb said. “Jangy went above and beyond what I wanted. I just wanted him to get an NCAA qualifier and to be healthy. Mike Ayers had a real nice first day. He ran his 400 smart and showed me a lot as a competitor.”
Addy began his day by blazing the competition in the 100-meter dash, finishing first in 10.77 seconds. The defending SEC champion in the decathlon then went on to record a leap of 22-7 1/4 in the long jump before winning the shot put with his 50-5 1/2 mark. Addy then leapt over the high jump bar at 6-2 3/4 in his first attempt at that event during the outdoor season. The senior All-America then ended his day just as he began, winning the 400 in 48.83.
Ayers took advantage of day one of his first collegiate decathlon, earning or tying personal-best marks in all five events. The Nashville native finished second in the 100 with a personal-best time of 10.94, lowering his previous PR by almost two-tenths of a second. He then went on to extend his personal-best long jump mark with a 22-7 leap. Ayers, who finished third in the heptathlon at this year’s SEC Indoor Championships, launched a shot put of 41-11 1/4 to extend his personal-best mark in that event by one foot, five inches. Ayers completed his day by tying his personal-best clearance of 6-5 in the high jump and running a new personal-best time of 49.74 in the 400.
The Scott Hartman Decathlon concludes Thursday with the 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1,500. Competition begins at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium. Live results can be found throughout the meet at UTsports.com. Admission to the Sea Ray Relays is free.
Sea Ray Relays, Knoxville, Tenn.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
|Decathlon (Day one)|
|1.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||4,096|
|2.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||3,907|
|1.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||10.77|
|2.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||10.94 PR|
|Decathlon long jump|
|1.||Stephen Harris, Unatt.||23-8 1/4|
|3.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||22-7 1/4|
|4.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||22-7 PR|
|Decathlon shot put|
|1.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||50-5 1/2|
|3.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||41-11 1/4 PR|
|Decathlon high jump|
|1.||David Grzesiak, Wisc.||6-8 3/4|
|3.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||6-5 PR|
|6.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||6-2 3/4|
|1.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||48.83|
|3.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||49.74 PR|