Rain affects Vols at Vandy Invite

Complete Final Results

The fifth-ranked Tennessee men???s track and field dealt with rain for the fourth consecutive weekend Saturday at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, forcing the Vols to participate in only six events on the day.

One day after breaking two meet records, including a facility record, the Vols earned one season-best time and two personal-best times. Senior Paul Cross lowered his season-best time in the 800 with a 1:53.88 clocking that placed him ninth. Sophomore Justin Hansen was the next runner across the line in the 800 with a new personal-best time of 1:54.09. Sophomore De???Lon Isom earned Tennessee???s other personal-best time as he finished the 400 hurdles third in 53.16.

Sophomore John Hewitt ran to a second-place finish in the 400 hurdles courtesy of his 53.07 time. Junior Richard Wooten placed fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 185-10. The event, though contested in the rain, featured former Vol Garland Porter???s facility-record throw of 220-2.

Sophomore Samdi Fraser was sixth in the 400 in 47.98. Fellow sophomore Nathan Grace finished 14th in the 400 in 49.15. Senior Blake Jones ran the straightaway in 10.98 to finish 10th in the 100. Freshman Mike Brodsky was 14th in the 800 with his time of 1:54.94. Sophomore Brad Holtz finished the first 110 hurdles race of his collegiate career in 15.69.

The Vols split next weekend to compete in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia and the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Drake University is the host of this year???s NCAA Outdoor Championships, which take place June 11-14.

Vanderbilt Invitational, Nashville, Tenn.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
1.Mardy Scales, Unatt.10.44*
10.Blake Jones, Tenn.10.98
1.Obra Hogans, Unatt.46.10*
6.Samdi Fraser, Tenn.47.98
14.Nathan Grace, Tenn.49.15
1.David Holm, E. Ill.1:50.76
9.Paul Cross, Tenn.1:53.88 SB
10.Justin Hansen, Tenn.1:54.09 PR
14.Mike Brodsky, Tenn.1:54.94
110 hurdles
1.Kazmere Hill, Ark. St.14.15*
16.Brad Holtz, Tenn.15.69
400 hurdles
1.Jeremy Puckett, SIU-Edwardsville52.38*
2.John Hewitt, Tenn.53.07
3.De???Lon Isom, Tenn.53.16 PR
Hammer throw
1.Garland Porter, Unatt.220-2* FR
4.Richard Wooten, Tenn.185-10
--Matthew Maloney, Tenn.Foul
--Nick Panezich, Tenn.Foul
FR-Vanderbilt Track Facility Record; PR-personal-best mark; SB-season-best mark; *-NCAA regional-qualifying mark.





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