April 24, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- After winning the discus throw for the third-straight meet, Tennessee rookie Tavis (TAY-viss) Bailey was named the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Men's Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
Bailey, a redshirt freshman from Kannapolis, N.C., won the discus at the Vanderbilt Invitational on Saturday with a toss of 176 feet, four inches. He picked up a win in the discus for the third consecutive weekend and has finished either first or second in that event in all five competitions during his first season as a collegiate thrower.
A transfer from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., where he was a member of the football team in the fall of 2010, Bailey currently ranks fourth in the SEC this season with a career-best fling of 176-9, which he achieved at the Sea Ray Relays.
He will travel to LaJolla, Calif., this weekend, where he'll join the rest of the Tennessee throws corps in competing at the U.S. Olympic Training Center on Thursday and the UCSD Triton Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Men's Runner of the Week: Florida 4x100-Meter Relay Team
Co-Men's Field Athlete of the Week: Gunnar Nixon, Arkansas
Co-Men's Field Athlete of the Week: Jeremy Postin, Florida
Men's Freshman of the Week: Tavis Bailey, Tennessee
Women's Runner of the Week: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
Women's Field Athlete of the Week: Brieanna Kennedy, LSU
Women's Freshman of the Week: Dominique Scott, Arkansas