Rain Shortens Day 3 of Sea Ray Relays

Results??|??Revised Saturday Schedule??

The 42nd Sea Ray Relays faced weather problems for the second consecutive year Friday afternoon. The meet went under a weather delay at 5:11 p.m. Eastern time and after a two hour and 56 minute weather delay, at 8:07 p.m., the decision was made to move the 18 remaining events to Saturday morning due to continuing inclement weather over Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.

The Vols competed in only four events before the storms moved into the Knoxville area. Freshman Charlton Rolle won the 110-meter hurdles in a regional-qualifying and personal-best time of 13.68 seconds that ties him for 10th on Tennessee???s all-time performance list in the event. Sophomore De???Lon Isom was next across the finish line, placing second in a regional-qualifying and personal-best effort of 13.73. Rolle???s mark stands tied for fifth in the NCAA this season and Isom is tied with UT senior Jangy Addy for sixth on the national list, giving sprints coach Norbert Elliott???s crew three of the top-eight fastest times this season.

Rubin Williams won the 100 in 9.96 with the benefit of a huge tailwind. The allowable wind for the 100 is 2.0 meters per second and the first heat of the 100 was contested with a 7.7 wind reading. Senior Matthieu Pritchett and sophomore Evander Wells took advantage of the big wind as well. Pritchett finished second in 10.07 and Wells crossed the finish line fourth in 10.10. Kyle Stevenson and Blake Jones ran in separate heats, but still recorded wind-aided times of 10.35 and 10.62, respectively.

???I???m very excited about our hurdles in that they had major improvements with wind-legal times,??? head coach Bill Webb said. ???It was also exciting to see the 100-meter guys run as fast as they did even with that much wind.???

Sophomore Samdi Fraser ran a season-best time of 47.66 and finished 12th in the 400. Fellow sophomore Nathan Grace finished 25th in 48.82. Freshman Chris Rapp finished fourth in the first steeplechase of his career and was followed by senior Brent Smith in seventh place.

The meet will pick up where Friday left off, with just a slight change. The men???s 10,000 begins at 8:45 a.m., followed by the men???s 400 hurdles at 9:30 a.m. and then men???s 4x200 relay at 10:05 a.m. The men???s 800 has a 10:45 a.m. start time and the 1,500 wraps up the track events originally scheduled for Friday at 11:30 a.m.

The invitational men???s hammer throw was originally scheduled for 9:20 p.m. Friday night with the open hammer throw slated to begin at 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning. Those events will be contested Saturday evening 30 minutes after the 4x400 relay, which is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. The men???s open discus continues Saturday morning at 9 a.m., with the men???s triple jump concluding at 10 a.m. The men???s open shot put begins at 11:30 a.m. with the invitational section scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The competitors still competing in the men???s open high jump and men???s open pole vault have been added to the invitational fields of those events. The men???s invitational high jump begins at 12:30 p.m. and the men???s invitational pole vault is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

The Vols and Lady Vols also will honor their departing seniors, as a Senior Day ceremony is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Live results can be found throughout the busy final day of the Sea Ray Relays at UTsports.com. Admission to the Sea Ray Relays is free.

Sea Ray Relays, Knoxville, Tenn.
Friday, April 11, 2008

1.Rubin Williams, Tenn.9.96w
2.Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.10.07w
4.Evander Wells, Tenn.10.10w
15.Kyle Stevenson, Tenn.10.35w
34.Blake Jones, Tenn.10.62w
1.Miles Smith, SE Mo. St.45.84*
12.Samdi Fraser, Tenn.47.66 SB
25.Nathan Grace, Tenn.48.82
1.Rob Pykosz, Ill.9:29.83
4.Chris Rapp, Tenn.10:08.52
7.Brent Smith, Tenn.10:18.45
110 hurdles
1.Charlton Rolle, Tenn.13.68* PR
2.De???Lon Isom, Tenn.13.73* PR

PR-personal-best mark; *-NCAA regional-qualifying mark; w-wind-aided time.





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