April 13, 2010
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Evander Wells is on a roll. For the second straight week, the University of Tennessee senior sprinter has been named the Southeastern Conference Track & Field Male Runner of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.
The product of Stone Mountain, Ga., was a repeat winner of conference honors after posting a world-leading mark in the 200-meter dash for the second straight weekend, doing so at UT's Sea Ray Relays. He also added a victory in the 100m dash, becoming the sixth UT man to sweep those events in the 44-year history of the meet. To boot, he anchored Tennessee's 4x200m relay team to first-place honors to add his third victory of the weekend.
Wells ran a season best of 10.41 to win the 100 and covered the 200 in 20.45, albeit with an illegal 3.2 meters per second breeze at this back. That time was faster than his 20.47 clocking at the Pepsi Florida Relays. Instead of improving his legal mark, however, he now owns both the fastest legal and wind-aided 200 readouts in the world so far this season.
In the relay, Wells again looked sharp, blazing home with the baton as the Big Orange finished the 4x2 in 1:24.10 to capture first-place honors. He would have added a crown in the 4x1, as well, but there was a violation during an exchange not involving him, resulting in first-place Tennessee being disqualified from the race.