|U.S. OLYMPIC TRACK & FIELD TRIALS LIVE TELEVISION SCHEDULE|
|June 28 (Sat.):||Midnight-1 a.m.||USA|
|June 29 (Sun.):||7- 8 p.m.||NBC|
|June 30 (Mon.):||11 p.m.--1 a.m.||USA|
|July 3 (Thurs.):||11 p.m.-1 a.m.||USA|
|July 4 (Fri.):||11 p.m.- 1 a.m.||USA|
|July 5 (Sat.):||5-6 p.m.||NBC|
|July 6 (Sun.):||7-9 p.m.||NBC|
(All Times Eastern)
Former Vol Leigh Smith Qualifies for Olympics
Sunday, July 6
The US Olympic Trials concluded Sunday at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene with former Vol Leigh Smith qualifying for the Olympic Games.
“Tennessee had an impressive showing this week,” head coach Bill Webb said. “It’s probably the hardest team to make in the world at the United States Olympic Trials. Vols and former Vols were impressive in getting 10 of 11 guys to the finals in their event. Evander (Wells) got some great experience as an up-and-coming junior and ran a great race out of lane one in the 200 semifinal (Saturday). I couldn’t be more proud of these guys and the way they competed.”
Smith, the current school-record holder in the javelin, finished fifth with a throw of 243-7. He advances to the Olympic Games on the strength of his season-best throw of 274-9 that eclipses the Olympic ‘A’ standard of 268-4.
Current Vol Rubin Williams finished sixth in the 200 with his 20.61 clocking. Williams ran his final race in the Tennessee Orange after authoring a career that included a school-record 17 All-America honors, five SEC individual crowns and this year’s indoor 200 NCAA title. Former Vol Aries Merritt, a two-time NCAA champion and seven-time All-America, missed qualifying for the Olympics by two-hundredths of a second as he finished fourth in the 110 hurdles with a wind-aided time of 13.27.
“It’s tough to see Aries finish an eyelash away from going to Beijing,” Webb said. “Rubin continues to run at an elite level.”
Former Vols Anthony Famiglietti and Tom Pappas qualified to represent Team USA in next month’s Summer Olympics earlier in the week as Famiglietti won the steeplechase and Pappas placed third in the decathlon. Famiglietti makes his second consecutive trip to the Olympics, while Pappas is the first athlete to qualify for three Olympics in the decathlon. Also heading to the Olympics to represent the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 400 is Gary Kikaya, who earned seven All-America honors while lettering for the Vols in 2002 and 2003. Kikaya served as his country’s flag bearer in 2004 before finishing 14th in the semifinals.
The opening ceremony for the XXIX Olympiad is August 8 in Beijing, China. The track and field events begin at the Summer Games on August 15.
2008 University of Tennessee USA Track & Field Olympic Trials Schedule
|Friday, June 27 (TV: USA Midnight-1 a.m.)|
|5:50 p.m. - Pole vault Qualifying|
|2-t.||Tim Mack, Nike||18-0 1/2q|
|11:20 p.m. - 800 Quarterfinal|
|Saturday, June 28 (TV: NBC 8-9 p.m.)|
|5:30 p.m. - 100 Qualifying|
|16.||Rubin Williams, Tenn.||10.16q|
|26.||Evander Wells, Tenn.||10.28|
|7:40 p.m. - 800 Semifinal|
|8.||Jebreh Harris, Tenn.||1:46.29q|
|8:01 p.m. - 100 Quarterfinal|
|23.||Rubin Williams, Tenn.||10.26|
|Sunday, June 29 (TV: NBC 7-8 p.m.)|
|1 p.m. - Decathlon Day One|
|4.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||10.77 SB|
|7.||Tom Pappas, Nike||10.90|
|16.||Chris Helwick, Unatt.||11.34|
|Decathlon long jump|
|1.||Tom Pappas, Nike||25-6|
|7.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||23-7 1/2|
|9.||Chris Helwick, Unatt.||22-11|
|Decathlon shot put|
|1.||Tom Pappas, Nike||56-7 1/2 MR|
|2.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||51-3 1/2|
|11.||Chris Helwick, Unatt.||45-3 1/2|
|Decathlon high jump|
|8-t.||Chris Helwick, Unatt.||6-6 1/4|
|11-t.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||6-5 SB|
|11-t.||Tom Pappas, Nike||6-5|
|7.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||48.61|
|12.||Tom Pappas, Nike||49.80|
|13.||Chris Helwick, Unatt.||50.20|
|5:40 p.m. - Pole vault Final|
|6-t.||Tim Mack, Nike||18-0 1/2|
|Monday, June 30 (TV: USA 11 p.m.-1 a.m.)|
|2:30 p.m. - Decathlon Day Two|
|3.||Tom Pappas, Nike||8,511|
|6.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||8,025 PR|
|7.||Chris Helwick, Unatt.||8,010|
|Decathlon 110 hurdles|
|2.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||13.73|
|5.||Tom Pappas, Nike||14.17|
|18.||Chris Helwick, Unatt.||15.26|
|2.||Tom Pappas, Nike||162-2|
|4.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||154-5 SB|
|8.||Chris Helwick, Unatt.||145-2|
|Decathlon pole vault|
|1.||Tom Pappas, Nike||17-0 3/4|
|7.||Chris Helwick, Unatt.||16-0 3/4|
|13.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||14-5 1/4 SB|
|2.||Chris Helwick, Unatt.||220-11|
|5.||Tom Pappas, Nike||194-8|
|8.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||187-4 SB|
|5.||Chris Helwick, Unatt.||4:21.44|
|14.||Tom Pappas, Nike||4:54.08|
|16.||Jangy Addy, Tenn.||5:05.07|
|10 p.m. - Hammer Qualifying|
|12.||Garland Porter, Unatt.||223-6q|
|11:25 p.m. - 800 Final|
|7.||Jebreh Harris, Reebok||1:46.21|
|Tuesday, July 1-Wednesday, July 2|
|Thursday, July 3 (TV: USA 11 p.m.-1 a.m.)|
|12:10 a.m.* - Steeplechase Semifinal|
|1.||Anthony Famiglietti, adidas||8:25.17q|
|Friday, July 4 (TV: USA 11 p.m.-1 a.m.)|
|8:30 p.m. - Javelin Qualifying|
|5.||Leigh Smith, Unatt.||243-6q|
|9:50 p.m. - 200 Qualifying|
|7.||Rubin Williams, Tenn.||20.70q|
|21.||Evander Wells, Tenn.||20.84q|
|10 p.m. - Hammer Final|
|9.||Garland Porter, Unatt.||224-10|
|Saturday, July 5 (TV: NBC 5-6 p.m.)|
|2:25 p.m. - 110 hurdles Qualifying|
|4.||Aries Merritt, Reebox||13.49q|
|3:10 p.m. - 200 Quarterfinal|
|6.||Rubin Williams, Tenn.||20.58q|
|13.||Evander Wells, Tenn.||20.73q|
|4:45 p.m. - 110 hurdles Quarterfinal|
|5.||Aries Merritt, Reebok||13.38wq|
|5:29 p.m. - 200 Semifinal|
|6.||Rubin Williams, Tenn.||20.56q|
|11.||Evander Wells, Tenn.||20.80|
|5:45 p.m. - Steeplechase Final|
|1.||Anthony Famiglietti, adidas||8:20.24|
|Sunday, July 6 (TV: NBC 7-9 p.m.)|
|6:15 p.m. - 110 hurdles Semifinal|
|6.||Aries Merritt, Reebok||13.24wq|
|7:15 p.m. - Javelin Final|
|5.||Leigh Smith, Unatt.||243-7|
|7:25 p.m. - 200 Final|
|6.||Rubin Williams, Tenn.||20.61|
|8:30 p.m. - 110 hurdles Final|
|4.||Aries Merritt, Reebok||13.27w|
All Times Eastern
q-qualified for next round; w-wind-aided mark
*Note: Event takes place Thursday night in Eugene; actual start time in Knoxville is after midnight and officially Friday.
Former Vol Famiglietti Qualifies for Beijing
Saturday, July 5
Former Vol Anthony Famiglietti won the steeplechase Saturday at the US Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene.
Famiglietti, a three-time All-America while at Tennessee, qualified for his second consecutive Summer Olympics with his time of 8:20.24. The 2004 Olympian claimed the second US title of his career by taking control of the race during the first lap and leading the 13-person field for the entire seven and a half lap race.
“Anthony felt the best way to win the race was to set a hard, tough pace from the gun,” distance coach George Watts said. “We had actually talked about that for a couple of weeks and he accomplished what he set out to do. I’m very proud of Anthony for bouncing back from a tough year in 2007, and I believe he is going to run much faster in Beijing.”
Current Vol Rubin Williams advanced to Sunday’s final round of the 200. Williams, Tennessee’s most decorated All-America with 17 career honors, finished third in his semifinal heat to automatically advance with his 20.56 clocking. The San Jose, Calif., native finished second in his quarterfinal heat earlier in the day with a 20.58 time. Sophomore Evander Wells, a six-time All-America, just missed qualifying for the final as he finished fifth in his semifinal heat in 20.80 out of lane one. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native earned his spot in the semifinal with a 20.73 time in the quarterfinal round.
Aries Merritt, a two-time NCAA champion and seven-time All-America while running for the Vols, advanced to Sunday’s semifinal round in the 110 hurdles with his wind-aided time of 13.38 in the quarterfinal round. Earlier in the day Saturday, Merritt recorded the fourth-fastest time in the qualifying round after running the straightaway of hurdles in 13.49. In action late Friday night, former Vol Garland Porter threw the hammer 224-10 and finished ninth.
Sunday’s events feature the final two rounds in the 110 hurdles, as well as the finals in the 200 and javelin. The top-three finishers in each event that have reached the Olympic ‘A’ standard qualify to represent Team USA in this year’s Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Live results can be found at UTsports.com, and NBC has two hours of live coverage from the final day of the Olympic Trials beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time.
Four With Vol Ties Advance at Olympic Trials
Friday, July 4
Four current or former members of the Tennessee men’s track and field team advanced past the qualifying rounds at the US Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene.
Current Vols Rubin Williams and Evander Wells advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinal round in the 200. Williams, Tennessee’s most decorated All-America with 17 career honors, finished second in his heat to automatically advance with his 20.71 clocking. Wells, a six-time All-America in his two seasons on The Hill, ran to a time of 20.84 and finished fifth in his heat. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native recorded the 12th-fastest clocking, but enters the quarterfinal with the 21st seed after the top-20 spots were awarded to the top-four finishers in each of Friday’s five qualifying heats.
In action late Thursday night, former Vol All-America Anthony Famiglietti moved closer to qualifying for his second straight Olympics in the steeplechase by winning his semifinal heat. The 2004 Olympian enters Saturday’s final with the fastest qualifying time after finishing Thursday’s race in 8:25.17. Famiglietti owns the fastest American time in the steeplechase this season at 8:24.34 which makes him the only American runner to eclipse the Olympic ‘A’ standard in 2008. Friday night, former Vol All-America Leigh Smith qualified for Sunday’s final in the javelin. Smith, the current school-record holder in the event, threw the spear 243-6 and enters the final with the fifth-best throw from the qualifying round.
Saturday’s events feature two rounds of qualifying in the 110 hurdles and the 200, as well as the steeplechase final that begins at 5:45 p.m. Eastern time. The top-three finishers in each event that have reached the Olympic ‘A’ standard qualify to represent Team USA in this year’s Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Live results can be found at UTsports.com, and NBC has one hour of live coverage beginning at 5 p.m.
Addy Earns Personal-Best Score in Decathlon
Monday, June 30
Tennessee senior Jangy Addy earned a personal-best score of 8,025 points and finished sixth in the decathlon Monday at the US Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene.
“Jangy had an outstanding, competitive effort today,” head coach Bill Webb said. “He’s not 100-percent healthy and has been hurt all year, which makes his accomplishments even that more outstanding. The Vols had three guys finish in the top seven and I’m excited about that. Jangy has qualified to represent Team USA in the USA vs. Germany Decathlon meet in August. It was a gutty effort and he was in fourth until the 1,500, but dropped a couple of spots to two great 1,500 guys at the end. He did a great job today. The former Vols that competed today all did well.”
Addy began the second day of competition in fourth place and strengthened his spot there as the collegiate-record holder in the decathlon 110 hurdles finished second in 13.73, eclipsing both the meet and facility records but finishing behind Trey Hardee’s 13.71. Addy then moved to the discus, where he recorded a season-best throw of 154-5. The four-time All-America and four-time SEC champion cleared a season-best height of 14-5 1/4 in the pole vault before extending his season-best throw in the javelin by almost 13 feet with a 187-4 heave. The Vols’ team captain ended the 10-event marathon with a 5:05.07 clocking in the 1,500. Addy eclipsed the 8,000-point barrier and recorded a new personal-best score for the second time in six weeks after scoring 8,010 to win the SEC championship May 15-16.
Former Vol All-America and current school-record holder Tom Pappas became the first man to qualify for three different Olympics in the decathlon as he placed third with 8,511 points. The 1999 NCAA champion recorded a time of 14.17 in the 110 hurdles before throwing the discus 162-2. Pappas then earned the highest pole vault clearance in the competition at 17-0 3/4. He then moved to the javelin, where he recorded a throw of 194-8 before wrapping up his third consecutive Olympic berth with a 4:54.08 clocking in the 1,500.
Former Vol All-America Chris Helwick moved from 12th after day one to finish seventh with 8,010 points. The two-time SEC champion and seven-time All-America ran 15.26 in the 110 hurdles and threw the discus 145-2 before clearing 16-0 3/4 in the pole vault. Helwick then went on to record the second-best javelin throw at 220-11 before ending the competition with a 4:21.44 run in the 1,500.
Jebreh Harris, a two-time All-America while lettering for the Vols in 2000 and 2001, finished seventh in the 800 final with his time of 1:46.21. Former Vol Garland Porter advanced to Friday’s hammer throw final with his mark of 223-6 that ranked 12th in the qualifying round.
Tuesday and Wednesday are rest days for the competitors at the Olympic Trials. Competition resumes Thursday with former Vol Anthony Famiglietti in the semifinal round of the steeplechase. The top-three finishers in each event that have reached the Olympic ‘A’ standard qualify to represent Team USA in this year’s Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Live results can be found at UTsports.com, and the USA Network has two hours worth of coverage beginning Thursday at 11 p.m. Eastern time.
Addy Fourth After Day One of Olympic Trials Decathlon
Sunday, June 29
Tennessee senior Jangy Addy finished the first day of the decathlon in fourth place Sunday at the US Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene.
“It was a really solid first day for Jangy,” head coach Bill Webb said. “He’s in fourth place among the best decathletes in the United States.”
Addy, a four-time All-America and two-time defending SEC decathlon champion, scored 4,249 points during the first five events of the decathlon. The Norcross, Ga., native began his day with a season-best-tying 10.77 clocking in the 100 before long jumping 23-7 1/2. Addy went on to finish second in the shot put with his 51-3 1/2 mark before tying his season-best clearance of 6-5 in the high jump. The Vols’ team captain ended his day with a 48.61 clocking in the 400.
“It was a solid first day, nothing too high and nothing too low,” Addy said. “I didn’t have any standout events, but I didn’t have any terrible events either, so I stayed consistent.”
Former Vol All-America and current school-record holder Tom Pappas sits third after the first day of decathlon competition with 4,405 points. The 1999 NCAA champion broke the meet record in the decathlon shot put by three feet with his 56-7 1/2 effort. Pappas began the day with a 10.90 clocking in the 100 and a meet-best 25-6 leap in the long jump before extending the meet record. After breaking the record, which had stood since Gary Kinder in 1988, Pappas cleared 6-5 in the high jump and ran 49.80 in the 400.
Yet another former Vol All-America lined up for the decathlon competition. Chris Helwick stands 12th after the first day with 3,910 points. Helwick, the school-record holder in the heptathlon, began his day with an 11.34 time in the 100 and a 22-11 leap in the long jump. He earned a mark of 45-3 1/2 in the shot put before high jumping 6-6 1/4 and running the 400 in 50.20.
Tim Mack, the 1995 NCAA indoor champion and three-time All-America while at Tennessee, finished sixth in the pole vault with his 18-0 1/2 clearance and will not be able to defend his Olympic gold medal from four years ago.
Day two action in the decathlon begins Monday at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. In addition to the three decathletes, former Vol Garland Porter competes in the qualifying round of the hammer throw beginning at 10 p.m., while former Vol All-America and current volunteer coach Jebreh Harris runs in the 800 final at 11:25 p.m. The top-three finishers in each event that have reached the Olympic ‘A’ standard qualify to represent Team USA in this year’s Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Live results can be found at UTsports.com, and the USA Network has two hours worth of coverage beginning at 11 p.m.
Former Vols Advance to Finals at Olympic Trials
Saturday, June 28
Two former members of the Tennessee men’s track and field team advanced to the finals in their respective events at the US Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene. Tim Mack made it to the finals in the pole vault and Jebreh Harris ran to the final in the 800.
Mack, the 1995 NCAA indoor champion and three-time All-America, advanced to the pole vault final after clearing 18-0 1/2 in the qualifying round Friday. Mack, who won gold in Athens, Greece, while breaking the Olympic record in the 2004 Summer Olympics, is one of 13 vaulters that made it to the finals.
Harris, a two-time All-America while lettering for the Vols in 2000 and 2001, advanced to the finals in the 800 for the second time in as many Olympic Trial competitions. Harris, a volunteer coach for Tennessee, recorded the ninth-fastest quarterfinal time Friday with his 1:49.29 clocking before running 1:46.29 in Saturday’s semifinal to clinch his spot in the final. Harris finished sixth at the 2004 Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif. This year’s final is scheduled for an 11:25 p.m. Eastern time start Monday night.
Current Vols Rubin Williams and Evander Wells ran qualifying races in the 100 Saturday. Williams crossed the finish line in 10.16 for the 16th-fastest time in the qualifying round before running 10.26 and failing to advance past the quarterfinal. Wells stopped the clock in 10.28 in the qualifying round and did not advance to the quarterfinal. Both athletes also are entered in the 200, with competition in that event beginning Friday.
Action begins in the decathlon Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Three athletes with Tennessee ties are entered as current Vol and four-time All-America Jangy Addy joins former Vol All-Americas Chris Helwick and Tom Pappas. Mack contests the pole vault final beginning at 5:40 p.m. The top-three finishers in each event that have reached the Olympic ‘A’ standard qualify to represent Team USA in this year’s Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Live results can be found at UTsports.com, while NBC has live coverage scheduled from 7-8 p.m.
UT to be Well Represented at Olympic Trials
Thursday, June 26
Numerous current and former members of the Tennessee men’s track and field team head to Eugene, Ore., this week for the US Olympic Team Trials. Collectively, 11 current or former Tennessee athletes are attempting to qualify for the Olympics.
“It’s always exciting to have the number of Vols and former Vols that are participating in our qualifying meet for the Olympic Games,” head coach Bill Webb said. “Eugene has been a great place for Tennessee over the years. We have won two national championships there and qualified individuals for USA teams.”
Current Vols Jangy Addy, Evander Wells and Rubin Williams head to Eugene to provide a splash of Orange on the track. Addy, a four-time SEC champion and four-time All-America, takes his 8,010-point decathlon performance into the competition. The senior from Norcross, Ga., became the 62nd American and fifth UT athlete to eclipse the 8,000-point barrier in the decathlon earlier this season. Wells heads westward as the third-fastest sprinter in school history after the sophomore from Stone Mountain, Ga., clocked times of 10.08 and 20.25 in the 100 and 200, respectively, at the NCAA Mideast Regional. Williams, the indoor school-record holder and NCAA champion in the 200, enters with a seed time of 20.36 in the event and also is expected to run the 100 with his fastest time of 10.12 that ranks eighth on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the event. Wells and Williams also handled the baton for two of the four legs on Tennessee’s 4x100 relay team that circled the track in 38.82, the third-fastest time in school history, at the SEC Outdoor Championships.
“It’s very difficult to make an Olympic team,” Webb said. “But, we think Jangy, Evander and Rubin will compete for a spot.”
Former Vols Anthony Famiglietti, Jebreh Harris, Chris Helwick, Tim Mack, Aries Merritt, Garland Porter, Tom Pappas and Leigh Smith also travel to Oregon this weekend. After winning the Olympic Trials, Mack claimed gold in the pole vault and broke the Olympic record with his 19-6 1/4 clearance at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece. Pappas, the only two-time Olympian in the group, contested the decathlon at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics, finishing fifth at his first Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Famiglietti finished second in the steeplechase at the 2004 Olympic Trials to advance to Athens, while Smith was third in the javelin and Harris, a volunteer coach for UT, finished sixth in the 800 at those Olympic Trials, which were held in Sacramento, Calif. This year, Helwick tackles his first Olympic Trials decathlon, Merritt makes his 110 hurdles Trials debut and Porter contests the hammer throw at the country’s Olympic qualifying meet for the first time.
“Pappas, Famiglietti, Mack and Smith are guys that would be disappointed to not make another Olympic team,” Webb said.
The top-three finishers in each event that have met the Olympic ‘A’ standard will be selected to represent Team USA in this year’s Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. The Olympic Team Trials begin June 27 and run through July 6 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. Live results can be found throughout the competition at UTsports.com.
|Jangy Addy |
June 29-30 - 1:00 PM
|Evander Wells |
June 28 - 5:30 PM, 8:00 PM
June 29 - 5:30 PM, 7:50 PM
July 4 - 9:50 PM
July 5 - 3:10 PM, 5:30 PM
July 6 - 7:25 PM
|Rubin Williams |
June 28 - 5:30 PM, 8:00 PM
June 29 - 5:30 PM, 7:50 PM
July 4 - 9:50 PM
July 5 - 3:10 PM, 5:30 PM
July 6 - 7:25 PM
|Anthony Famiglietti |
July 3 - 11:59 PM
July 5 - 5:45 PM
|Jebreh Harris |
June 27 - 11:20 PM
June 28 - 7:40 PM
June 30 - 11:25 PM
|Chris Helwick |
June 29-30 - 1:00 PM
|Tim Mack |
Event: Pole Vault
June 27 - 5:50 PM
June 29 - 5:40 PM
|Aries Merritt |
July 5 - 2:25 PM, 4:45 PM
July 6 - 6:15 PM, 8:30 PM
|Tom Pappas |
June 29-30 - 1:00 PM
|Garland Porter |
June 30 - 10:00 PM
July 4 - 10:00 PM
|Leigh Smith |
July 4 - 8:30 PM
July 6 - 7:15 PM