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Tennessee senior Rubin Williams won the Tony Wilson Award for running events Saturday on the final day of the 42nd Sea Ray Relays. The Vols concluded their biggest home meet of the season with five new personal-best marks and three new NCAA regional qualifiers.
“Once again, we had to work our schedule around because of (Friday’s) rain delay,” head coach Bill Webb said. “We had some exciting things happen today, including Andrew Dawson running a good 1,500 in windy conditions and he ran a great leg on our 4x800 to give us a chance to win that race. Rubin Williams continued to perform strong. Matthieu Pritchett improved and Nick Panezich had two lifetime bests with a huge one in the discus.”
Williams followed his wind-aided 9.96 victory in the 100 Friday by winning the 200 in 20.60 and anchoring Tennessee’s victorious 4x100 relay in 39.66 on Saturday. The 4x100 relay also included Matthieu Pritchett, Evander Wells and Kyle Stevenson. Williams concluded the meet by taking the baton for the third leg of Tennessee’s third-place, regional-qualifying 4x400 relay. The 14-time All-America becomes just the fifth athlete to win the Tony Wilson Award twice as a collegian.
The Vols have won at least one relay at the last 10 Sea Ray Relays and have claimed a total of 24 relay crowns in that time span. The last time Tennessee did not win a relay title at its home meet was 1998.
“It’s an honor to win the Tony Wilson Award,” Williams said. “As a team, we need to correct some finer things. I’m happy, but I still need to go back and work on a lot of things.”
The final day of the Sea Ray Relays began earlier than anticipated before the meet because thunderstorms in the Knoxville area forced 18 events to be moved from Friday night to Saturday. Andrew Dawson did not let the delay bother him as he ran a personal-best and regional-qualifying time of 3:46.81 while finishing fifth in the 1,500. Knoxville native Yarrick Kincaid placed third in the 800 in 1:49.90. Freshman Axel Mostrag was seventh in the race with a 1:52.23 clocking. Sophomore Justin Hansen lowered his personal-best time in the 800 with a 1:54.56 time.
Pritchett finished third in the 200 with his time of 21.10 in addition to his relay duties. Wells was the next Vol across the line, finishing seventh in 21.15. Stevenson finished 15th in 21.30 and Blake Jones was 22nd with his time of 21.68.
Junior Matthew Maloney recorded the 10th-best javelin throw in the NCAA this season with his fourth-place, season-best 228-2 mark. Fellow junior Nick Panezich improved his personal-best discus throw by more than eight feet with his fourth-place toss of 184-3. He also recorded a personal-best mark in the shot put, courtesy of a fifth-place, 56-9 1/2 effort. Richard Wooten finished sixth in the shot put with a mark of 54-3 1/4.
Tennessee’s 4x800 relay team of Mostrag, Dawson, Hansen and Kincaid finished second in 7:30.35. The Vols’ 4x400 relay team of Samdi Fraser, Stevenson, Williams and Wells placed third with a regional-qualifying time of 3:08.46.
Sophomore Jonathan Fluellen extended his personal-best leap in the long jump by almost a foot and just missed a regional-qualifying mark as he placed 10th with a jump of 24-0 1/4. Fellow sophomore Brenard Wilson was 13th with a wind-aided 23-6 1/4 mark. Wilson recorded a season-best high jump clearance of 6-6 3/4 to place sixth. Junior Akeem Hardnett finished seventh in the triple jump with a wind-aided, 49-10 1/2 mark.
Senior Matt Piccarello placed third in the invitational section of the 5,000 courtesy of his 14:46.98 time. Freshman Michael Spooner was sixth in the race with a 15:17.24 clocking and junior Andrew Press crossed the finish line in 15:17.51 for seventh. Sophomore John Hewitt was the top Vol finisher in the 400 hurdles, recording a time of 54.32 for 16th place. Freshman Charlton Rolle finished in 56.22 one day after winning the 110 hurdles.
Reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Joseph Berry matched his season-best pole vault clearance of 16-6 3/4 to finish in a tie for sixth. Teammate Brad Holtz also tied for sixth after clearing the bar at 16-6 3/4.
“Jonathan Fluellen had a nice improvement in the long jump,” Webb said. “We were close in the vault, and had to hold out Mike Hogue who is still experiencing back pain. As much as we wanted him to jump and he wanted to jump, we are pointing toward conference in four weeks. Matthew Maloney is getting his feel back in the javelin and had a nice day.”
A.G. Kruger, representing Nike, won the Tony Wilson Award for field events with his meet record-breaking hammer throw of 254-4. His throw breaks the previous meet record of 245-2 set by Jud Logan in 2000, is the best throw by an American this year and ranks fourth on this year’s world list.
The Vols return to action next weekend at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.
Sea Ray Relays, Knoxville, Tenn.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
|1.||Rubin Williams, Tenn.||20.60*|
|3.||Matthieu Pritchett, Tenn.||21.10*|
|7.||Evander Wells, Tenn.||21.15*|
|15.||Kyle Stevenson, Tenn.||21.30|
|22.||Blake Jones, Tenn.||21.68|
|1.||Boaz Lalang, Rend Lake||1:46.87*|
|3.||Yarrick Kincaid, Tenn.||1:49.90*|
|7.||Axel Mostrag, Tenn.||1:52.23|
|17.||Justin Hansen, Tenn.||1:54.56 PR|
|38.||Paul Cross, Tenn.||1:57.39|
|1.||Kevin Sullivan, Reebok||3:44.28*|
|5.||Andrew Dawson, Tenn.||3:46.81* PR|
|34.||Brent Smith, Tenn.||4:04.55|
|38.||Steve Tobin, Tenn.||4:08.44|
|39.||Chris Platt, Tenn.||4:08.56|
|1.||Matt Loiselle, Cent. Mich.||14:40.55|
|3.||Matt Piccarello, Tenn.||14:46.98|
|6.||Michael Spooner, Tenn.||15:17.24|
|7.||Andrew Press, Tenn.||15:17.51|
|1.||Kevin Hutton, N.C. St.||51.14*|
|16.||John Hewitt, Tenn.||54.32|
|31.||Charlton Rolle, Tenn.||56.22|
|--||De’Lon Isom, Tenn.||False start|
|1.||Tennessee (Pritchett, Wells, Stevenson, Williams)||39.66*|
|3.||Tennessee (Fraser, Stevenson, Williams, Wells)||3:08.46*|
|17.||Tennessee ‘B’ (Hewitt, Grace, Mostrag, Pritchett)||3:15.20|
|2.||Tennessee (Mostrag, Dawson, Hansen, Kincaid)||7:30.35|
|Open High jump|
|1.||Jason Williams, Winthrop||6-10 3/4*|
|6.||Brenard Wilson, Tenn.||6-6 3/4 SB|
|Invitational pole vault|
|1.||Brian Mondschein, Vertical Technique||17-10 1/2*|
|6.||Joseph Berry, Tenn.||16-6 3/4* SB|
|6.||Brad Holtz, Tenn.||16-6 3/4*|
|1.||Rudon Bastian, Louisville||25-10w*|
|10.||Jonathan Fluellen, Tenn.||24-0 1/4 PR|
|13.||Brenard Wilson, Tenn.||23-6 1/4w|
|1.||Alonzo Moore, Unatt.||53-3 1/2w*|
|7.||Akeem Hardnett, Tenn.||49-10 1/2w*|
|Invitational shot put|
|1.||Steve Manz, Stevemanz.com||64-3 3/4|
|5.||Nick Panezich, Tenn.||56-9 1/2* PR|
|6.||Richard Wooten, Tenn.||54-3 1/4|
|1.||Arthur Turland, Unatt.||196-5*|
|4.||Nick Panezich, Tenn.||184-3* PR|
|1.||Leigh Smith, Unatt.||256-5*|
|4.||Matthew Maloney, Tenn.||228-2* SB|