The Tennessee men’s track and field team advanced three athletes to the final in two different events, as well as one to the semifinal, Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to the qualifiers, Jangy Addy and Michael Ayers each earned All-America honors in the decathlon.
“We had an outstanding day” head coach Bill Webb said. “It was hot and breezy, and we advanced four athletes to their next round, with three already in a position to score points. We had a nice balance between veterans and newcomers contribute today with Yarrick, Rubin and Evander making finals and Charlton making the semis.”
Addy won his fourth All-America honor by scoring 7,916 points and placing second in the decathlon. His 13.74 clocking in the decathlon 110 hurdles broke the meet record of 13.85 and, combined with his collegiate-record run of 13.70 from the SEC Outdoor Championships, gives Addy the top-two collegiate times in the history of the race. The senior team captain claimed his first event victory of the decathlon and moved into the overall lead with a season-best throw of 154-5 in the discus. Addy continued to lead after clearing 14-1 1/4 in the pole vault and after throwing the javelin 172-10. Addy ended his day with a 5:05.13 clocking in the 1,500.
“I’m thankful to get through the decathlon,” Addy said. “I lost to a great competitor who had a great last two days. I want to thank God for letting me do this, because there are a lot of people who can’t. I also want to thank UT’s medical staff, coaches and everyone that supported me.”
Freshman Michael Ayers finished 12th with 7,288 points and earned an All-America honor in his first NCAA meet. Ayers began his second day of competition with a personal-best time of 15.91 in the 110 hurdles before recording a discus throw of 124-4, just two inches away from his personal-best mark. The Nashville native then cleared 16-4 3/4 in the pole vault, his career-best mark for a pole vault within a decathlon. Ayers went on to the javelin, where he unleashed a personal-best throw of 174-10 before ending his first national championship decathlon with a time of 4:41.40 in the 1,500.
“Obviously I didn’t come out like I wanted to,” Ayers said. “I was about 300 points behind where I wanted to be after day one. After that, I figured All-America was out of the question without a perfect day today. I didn’t have a perfect day, but it was still pretty good. I know I have a lot of work to do before next year, and I plan on getting a lot better.”
All-America Yarrick Kincaid advanced to Saturday’s final in the 800 with his season-best clocking of 1:48.05. The Knoxville native continues to run better than his pre-meet ranking. He entered the national championship meet with the 25th-best time on the declaration list, but is now one of only eight runners in the final.
Four-time All-America Evander Wells recorded the second-fastest overall time in the 200 semifinal and advanced to Saturday’s final. The sophomore from Stone Mountain, Ga., ran the first round in 20.92 before clocking in at 20.50 in the semifinal. Senior Rubin Williams also qualified for the 200 final. The 14-time All-America from San Jose, Calif., earned the final spot out of the first round with his 21.07 time, but ran a 20.59 half-lap in the semifinal to advance with the fifth-fastest overall time.
Freshman Charlton Rolle advanced to Friday’s semifinal in the 110 hurdles. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native finished the first round in 13.79 and enters the semifinal race 15th after the first round. Sophomore De’Lon Isom ran to a time of 13.99 and did not advance past the first round.
“Jangy pushed (decathlon champion) Ashton Eaton from Oregon, and both guys had a great meet,” Webb said. “I’m proud of Jangy for holding on to second and beating the indoor national champion (third-place finisher Gonzalo Barriolhet) for second. Michael Ayers had a great meet, and I’m proud of him getting All-America in his first NCAA meet.”
Joseph Berry opens day three competition for the Vols Friday at 4:15 p.m. Central time in the pole vault final. Tennessee’s 4x100 relay team runs the final at 7:15 p.m. and Rolle contests the 110 hurdles semifinal at 8:05 p.m. Live results can be found at UTsports.com.
|1.||Ashton Eaton, Ore.||8,055|
|2.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||7,916|
|12.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||7,288|
|Decathlon 110 hurdles|
|1.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||13.74 MR|
|22.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||15.91 PR|
|1.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||154-5 SB|
|14.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||124-4|
|Decathlon pole vault|
|1.||Gonzalo Barriolhet, Fla. St.||17-0 3/4|
|3.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||16-4 3/4|
|11.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||14-1 1/4|
|1.||Chris Richardson, Long Beach St.||215-8|
|11.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||174-10 PR|
|13.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||172-10|
|1.||Mat Clark, N. Iowa||4:17.31|
|5.||Michael Ayers, Tenn.||4:41.40|
|17.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||5:05.13|
|1.||Chris Dykes, Texas A&M||20.48q|
|3.||Evander Wells, Tenn.||20.50q|
|7.||Rubin Williams, Tenn.||20.59q|
|200 round one|
|1.||Chris Dykes, Texas A&M||20.76q|
|8.||Evander Wells, Tenn.||20.92q|
|16.||Rubin Williams, Tenn.||21.07q|
|1.||Andrew Wheating, Ore.||1:47.15q|
|8.||Yarrick Kincaid, Tenn.||1:48.05q SB|
|110 hurdles round one|
|1.||Jason Richardson, S.C.||13.26q|
|15.||Charlton Rolle, Tenn.||13.79q|
|20.||De’Lon Isom, Tenn.||13.99|
|MR-NCAA Outdoor Championships meet record; PR-personal-best mark; SB-season-best mark; q-qualified for next round|