April 22, 2009
The Tennessee men's track and field team will split into two groups for the final weekend of major regular-season competition. The Vols will send 18 athletes to the world-renowned Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., and six athletes to the Triton Invitational at UC-San Diego.
Tennessee has been a regular at the Penn Relays since 1949 and is one of the few schools whose flag is flown above Franklin Field during the event. The Vols have never before competed at UC-San Diego, but will make the cross-country trip in order to participate in one of the most competitive field event meets in the country this season.
"The Penn Relays has been a fixture on our schedule for a long time," Tennessee head coach Bill Webb said. "We elected to take our field event athletes to San Diego so that we could have one more opportunity to coach them, which is difficult to do at the Penn Relays.
"We will see most of our conference in Philadelphia, and the San Diego meet should be very competitive. The SEC Championships is the next major competition on our schedule, so this will be one last chance for us to tune up for the postseason."
In Philadelphia, Tennessee will place individual entrants in the steeplechase, 5,000m, 10,000m, 400m hurdles, 110m hurdles, pole vault and triple jump along with relay units in the 4x100, 4x200m, 4x800m, sprint medley relay and distance medley relay.
Out west, UT will have representatives in the javelin, shot put, discus, hammer throw, long jump and high jump.
Action at the Penn Relays begins Thursday evening at 7:50 p.m. ET and continues throughout the day Friday and Saturday. In San Diego, all of the Tennessee athletes will be in competition on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
Live results for both events will be available at UTsports.com.